Review for “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2”

This is a love story on many, many levels. And it is most definitely the epitome of a “chick flick.” The sequel and book adaptation staring America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn Alexis Bledel and Blake Lively explores life, death, family, personal growth and true friendship. I’ve read a lot of reviews comparing “Sisterhood” to “Sex and the City,” but really these films have just one thing in common – 4 talented leading actresses. The acting and characters are warmhearted and their relationships are genuine making this an emotional roller coaster from opening credits to closing.

What family means to four different girls – from babies to gaining new perspectives, the family centric situations presented in the movie are refreshing.

Without these specific actors, it wouldn’t work – they have a combined chemistry that brings the four plotlines together (when they’re in the same scene with one another) and this is a glimpse of the future of Hollywood!

Not a lot of pants, but a lot of adult decisions and discoveries (ie – visiting an estranged grandmother, a pregnancy scare, forgiveness – 4 fold, starting to become independent, etc, etc.). The pants are worn by each girl, but barely. But that’s fine and makes sense by the end of the movie.

It’s not about the men – As a woman, I appreciate the fact that a girly movie doesn't have to solely revolve around finding Mr. Right or marriage. In this way it differs from a lot of “chick flicks.”

Realistic portrayal of that “limbo” like time when you decide where you want to go in life – remember when you were in your early 20’s and trying to decide what direction to take your life in? That’s this movie!

“Julia” – Julie is a character that brings Carmen (Ferrera) to a theater internship and is passed over for a leading role in a play for Carmen. In the beginning, she was a “Pro” because, despite her disappointment, she encourages Carmen. However, the writers, or whomever, couldn’t help themselves but to bring Julia down to the mean girl level by the end. It’s very disappointing.

It’s a little long – run time 117 minutes.

Unique Qualities:
The first rate acting is clear from each actress. They work well as a team, but each meets the challenge of taking the lead in their own scenes. The acting feels true, making this a unique quality in the context of a summer full of big action, comic book movies.

Can you compare “Sisterhood” to “Sex and the City?” What do you think of “chick flicks” not involving men? Did you like this sequel?

“Basically, I'm for anything that gets you through the night - be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniels.” – Frank Sinatra
So may the prayers, tranquilizers and JD be with you and see you next time.

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