The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
USA / English
"Laugh. Cry. Share the pants.
"Four best girlfriends hatch a plan to stay connected with one another as their lives start off in different directions: they pass around a pair of secondhand jeans that fits each of their bodies perfectly.
True to the Feel of the Book
We often have expectations that a movie will follow a book to the
letter. Due to time limitations, creative ideas, etc. the film makers
often need to adjust the story from the book to fit the film. As a
lover of both books and film I ask that those who turn a book into a
film follow the spirit and the feeling of the book. I believe the
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants director and screenwriters did just
Basically the book tells the story of 4 teenage girls who are
experiencing their first summer apart ever, since they have known each
other since birth. Unbelievably, they find a pair of jeans which fits
each girl amazingly well, although they have very different body
shapes. They take this to mean the pants hold some sort of magic, so
promise to send the pants to each other throughout the summer and use
it as a way of keeping in touch with each other (thus - the traveling
pants). The pants are sent from Tibby (staying at home) to Bridget (in
Baja California, Mexico at Soccer camp) to Carmen (with her father in
North Carolina) to Lena (visiting her grandparents in Greece).
Three of the story lines are very true to the book, although with
slight variations. Tibby's storyline is almost a perfect match to the
book, Bridget's is close, and Carmen's is slightly varied showing her
in a less mature light than in the book. Lena's story, on the other
hand, is told completely in reverse of the book. However, I can
understand the need to make this change, as the twists and turns of
Lena's story in the book would have been difficult to project onto
film. The end result: the girls experience the same issues in the movie
as they did in the book, and they change in the way the book indicated.
The "feel" of the movie is the same as that in the book.
This film is truly a coming of age story about young high school girls.
It is beautifully filmed with lovely scenery from both Greece and
Mexico. The actors portraying the young girls are very well cast and
match the descriptions from the book. As a librarian, I can tell you
that no movie can ever equal the movie you make in your head while you
are reading a book. But, this movie is beautiful in its own right, and
a lovely story of growing up female and experiencing love, passion,
death, and disappointment. The girls learn that the love and friendship
they share will help them to get through all the issues of growing up.
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