The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (film)

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ken Kwapis
Screenplay by
Based on The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
by Ann Brashares
Produced by
Starring
Cinematography John Bailey
Edited byKathryn Himoff
Music by Cliff Eidelman
Production
companies
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • June 1, 2005 (2005-06-01)(United States)
Running time
119 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$25 million [1]
Box office$42 million [1]

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a 2005 American comedy-drama film directed by Ken Kwapis from a screenplay by Delia Ephron and Elizabeth Chandler, based on the 2001 novel of the same name by Ann Brashares. The film stars America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn, Blake Lively, and Alexis Bledel. The story follows four best friends who buy a mysterious pair of pants that fits each of them despite their differing sizes. The girls share the pants equally as they spend their first summer apart.

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The film was partially shot in the Kamloops and Ashcroft area in British Columbia, Canada. [2]

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants was released in the United States on June 1, 2005, by Warner Bros. Pictures. A sequel, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 was released on August 6, 2008, while a third film is in development. [3] A musical adaptation based on the film is also in development. [4]

Plot

Lena Kaligaris, Tibby Rollins, Carmen Lowell, and Bridget Vreeland are teenagers from Bethesda, Maryland, who have been best friends their whole lives. The girls are about to spend their first summer apart: Lena is visiting her grandparents in Santorini, Greece; Bridget is going to soccer camp in Baja California, Mexico; Carmen is visiting her father in South Carolina; and Tibby is staying home. While shopping together, the girls find a pair of jeans that inexplicably fit them all perfectly. The girls decide to share the jeans equally over the summer, before parting the next day.

While wearing the Pants, Lena nearly drowns, but a local Greek boy, Kostas Dounas, rescues her. Lena later learns from her grandmother that her and Kostas' families are enemies. Kostas pursues Lena, saying that the dispute between their families has nothing to do with them. Lena initially rebuffs Kostas' advances, but eventually begins a secret relationship with him. Later, Kostas tells Lena that he loves her, but her family interrupts and drags her away before she can answer. Lena confronts her grandfather, who agrees to allow her to see Kostas before he leaves for Athens.

Working at a discount department store, Tibby finds a young girl, Bailey Graffman, has fainted and calls an ambulance. Later, Bailey delivers the pants to Tibby's house after they are accidentally delivered to her home by mistake. Fascinated by Tibby's self-made film, Bailey appoints herself as Tibby's assistant. Initially annoyed, Tibby grows to accept Bailey, and learns that Bailey has leukemia. When Bailey again is taken to the hospital, Tibby avoids her for a while, but eventually visits her with the pants. She pleads with Bailey to take them, but Bailey says the pants have already worked their magic by bringing her and Tibby together. Tibby continues to spend time with Bailey in the hospital, until she eventually passes away overnight.

Carmen arrives in South Carolina, only to discover that her father, Al, is about to marry into a new family; they are blonde WASPs, unlike Carmen, who was raised by her Catholic, Puerto Rican mother. Although Carmen's father and step-family initially seem welcoming, they emotionally neglect her. The daughter Krista and a friend tease Carmen while laughing. Krista and her mother embarrass Carmen further while dress shopping that her father was so off choosing the size of Carmen's dress. Frustrated at feeling like an outsider who doesn't belong to her father anymore, Carmen throws a stone through their dining room window and returns to Maryland. When Carmen returns home, Tibby tries to help Carmen with her feelings toward her father. Carmen lashes out at Tibby, who leaves in tears, though they eventually reconcile. Tibby convinces Carmen to confront her father with a phone call, during which she finally reveals her hurt feelings.

Arriving at soccer camp, Bridget develops a crush on coach Eric Richman. Despite relationships between coaches and campers being forbidden, Bridget flirts with Eric, and tries to seek his attention during games. When Bridget's turn with the Pants begins, she leads Eric to the beach at night where they have sex. Bridget becomes depressed afterwards, and isolates herself when she returns home. After hearing about what happened in a letter, Lena calls Carmen and Tibby, and they go to Bridget's house. Bridget worries she is like her mother, whose mood swings and mental issues culminated in deep depression and her suicide. However, Carmen and Tibby reassure Bridget that she is stronger than her mother and comfort her with happy memories of her mother. On his way back to Columbia University, Eric visits and apologizes to Bridget for his behavior and expresses his hope that she will give him a chance when she is older.

The girls meet Lena at the airport and drive to South Carolina to attend Carmen's father's wedding, despite Carmen's reluctance. Carmen's father publicly apologizes for neglecting her. Carmen accepts his apology and joins the blended family onstage for the ceremony.

Cast

Production

Principal photography started on the island of Santorini, Greece. Filming then continued in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. [5]

Reception

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 77% based on 125 reviews, with an average rating of 6.69/10. The site's critical consensus reads "This adaptation of a beloved novel charms with its heartwarming tale of friendship and young adulthood; realistic portrayals of the lives of teenage girls lend the comedy-drama sincerity, and may capture hearts outside the female-centric demographic." [6] Metacritic gives the film a weighted average score of 66 out of 100 based on 34 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". [7] Yahoo! Movies gives the film a rating of "B" based on 13 critic reviews. [8] Shondaland mentioned in its review of the film that Bridget's white underwear (seen in the trial scene at the beginning of the film) was iconic. [9]

Box office

On its opening weekend, the film opened #5 at the box office with $9,833,340. [10] As of November 14, 2008, the film has grossed $42,013,878 worldwide. [11]

Home media

The DVD and VHS were released in the US on October 11, 2005. The film has yet to be released on Blu-ray.

Soundtrack and score

The song album was released by Columbia Records on May 24, 2005.

  1. "These Days" – Chantal Kreviazuk (3:57)
  2. "Unwritten" – Natasha Bedingfield (4:19)
  3. "Time of Our Lives" – Paul van Dyk (3:37)
  4. "Black Roses Red" – Alana Grace (4:12)
  5. "If God Made You" (Radio Remix) – Five for Fighting (4:16)
  6. "Just for You" – William Tell (3:46)
  7. "Closer to You" – Brandi Carlile (2:54)
  8. "No Sleep Tonight" – The Faders (3:00)
  9. "I Want You to Know" – Chantal Kreviazuk (3:19)
  10. "Be Be Your Love" – Rachael Yamagata (4:14)
  11. "Sun's Gonna Rise" – Shannon Curfman (3:55)
  12. "Simple" – Katy Perry (3:39)
  13. "Always There in You" – Valli Girls (an early track involving members of HAIM) [12] (3:46)

The album of Cliff Eidelman's score was released by Varèse Sarabande on July 12, 2005.

  1. "Prologue" (3:44)
  2. "Deja Blue" (1:04)
  3. "Fate" (1:01)
  4. "Rules of the Pants" (3:26)
  5. "A Touch of Greece" (1:18)
  6. "Honey" (1:10)
  7. "The Traveling Pants" (:53)
  8. "Reflection" (2:07)
  9. "Running" (1:26)
  10. "Traveling to Baja" (:39)
  11. "The Way of the Pants" (:34)
  12. "Letter" (1:48)
  13. "Broken Heart" (1:16)
  14. "A Brave Soul" (1:15)
  15. "Last Words" (:58)
  16. "Us" (2:18)
  17. "Sisterhood Reunites" (1:14)
  18. "Together" (1:29)
  19. "The Traveling Song" (3:17)
  20. "Piano Suite" (4:03)

Awards

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