I liked this movie more than I expected. I watched it to gain insight into the zeitgeist of teens as I work on a novel for them. Based on the novel by Ann Brashares, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants chronicles the summer experiences of a group of close friends. These life-long friends each have distinct personalities, a requirement for the genre. One’s independent and sporty, another shy and romantic, another rebellious and edgy, and the narrator is down-to-earth and literary (i.e. she’s a budding writer).
One day while shopping they find a magical pair of pants that somehow fits each of them perfectly despite their wide range of height and shape. They agree to share the pants that summer as a means of sharing the magic and staying connected during a summer when they’ll be apart.
The story tackles problems I didn’t expect like death and the feelings of abandonment when a father remarries. It does a decent job in doing so. It’s not the most sophisticated depiction of teenagers, but it could be worse. There is a strong feel-good experience as one sees the characters’ loyalty and support through thick and thin.