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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 June 2005 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Ken Kwapis

Writers:

Ann Brashares (novel), Delia Ephron (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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1 win & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amber Tamblyn ... Tibby
Alexis Bledel ... Lena
America Ferrera ... Carmen
Blake Lively ... Bridget
Jenna Boyd ... Bailey
Bradley Whitford ... Al
Nancy Travis ... Lydia Rodman
Rachel Ticotin ... Carmen's Mother
Mike Vogel ... Eric
Michael Rady ... Kostas
Leonardo Nam ... Brian McBrian
Maria Konstadarou Maria Konstadarou ... Yia Yia (as Maria Konstandarou)
George Touliatos ... Papou
Kyle Schmid ... Paul Rodman
Erica Hubbard ... Soccer Pal Diana
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Storyline

The movie is based on the young adult book, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, by Anne Brashares. As four best friends spend their first summer apart from one another, they share a magical pair of jeans. Despite being of various shapes and sizes, each one of them fits perfectly into the pants. To keep in touch they pass these pants to each other as well as the adventures they are going through while apart. Written by Stephanie

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Laugh. Cry. Share the pants.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, some sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Greek | Spanish

Release Date:

1 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quatre filles et un jean See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,833,340, 5 June 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$39,008,741, 11 September 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,013,878, 14 November 2005
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the dinner scene with America Ferrera's character and her father's new family, Bradley Whitford began doing improv and kept the entire crew laughing, making it difficult for everyone to get through the scene with a straight face. See more »

Goofs

We see a FedEx airway bill with an address in Maryland, but the zip code is 20510, which is the zip code for nearby Washington D.C. See more »

Quotes

Lena: And Tibby... Well, Tibby kind of marches to her own drum. I'm kind of jealous of her.
Kostos: Why?
Lena: Well, because she knows who she is.
Kostos: Don't you?
Lena: I don't know. I think I know who I wanna be.
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Crazy Credits

When "These Days" by Chantal Kreviazuk is playing during the end credits, the pants look like the girls put all these designs on the pants of what their summer was like. See more »

Connections

Referenced in American Dad!: The Scarlet Getter (2011) See more »

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CLOSER TO YOU
Written by Brandi Carlile and Tim Hanseroth
Performed by Brandi Carlile and Phillip Peterson
Arrangement by Phillip Peterson
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Licensing
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You will care for each girl.
29 May 2005 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

The only magic realism in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is the one, one-size-fits-all pair of jeans worn the four female friends, whose summer adventures bring a dose of realism magical only for the insights into life, the pain and pleasure that come in from age seventeen to the end. As a coming-of-age film, this ranks with the best of them for non-condescending, adult-like perceptions, with nary a "like" in the girls' vocabulary.

Two of these lifelong chums have summer romances that transcend the usual sun and sand trifles; the other two deal with even more substantial challenges, ones that involve connecting with family or friends after years of disconnection. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants offers no easy solutions to questions about openness, sexuality, parental neglect, and death. Rather each girl has an epiphany that grows naturally out of the frustrations accompanying inexperience and immaturity.

Love on a Greek island while riding a scooter like Audrey Hepburn through the streets of Rome demands confronting the intrusions of family reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet; love on a beach in Mexico unleashes longing for a parent that goes beyond a beautiful boy; a new life for a parent means the death of an old one for a child; and teen alienation turns to acceptance and even love through the magic of a new friend.

None of these realistic setups for teen enlightenment can make an engaging film unless the actresses are believable, and in Sisterhood each young woman carries her role with deftness and sincerity sometimes not found in the most seasoned actresses. Special recognition should be given to Jenna Boyd as 12-year old Bailey, who believably transforms one teen from misogynist to humanist. This little actress has the chops to win the Oscar someday.

The ten rules of the sisterhood are dominated by the logistical one that states, "You must pass the pants along to your sisters according to the specifications set down by the Sisterhood." FedEx does the delivery; the girls supply the specific adventures that echo the anguish and resilience of being a teen in a society that sometimes doesn't care. You will care for each girl; I guarantee it as if it were a pair of Levis, sturdy and malleable, sexy and comfortable. Come to think of it—that's Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.


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