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Review: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Yeah, I know it's a chick flick, but I give it 4.5 stars. It would have been 5 stars if the choice of background music had been more consistently clever and if a couple of rough patches in the editing had been smoothed out. The director was just a tad too eager to make every scene transition Artistic and Meaningful. Sometimes it's better to just cut to the next scene.

Acting is top-notch. I am an Amber Tamblyn fan from way back. In fact I was a Russ Tamblyn fan from childhood and was happy to see his daughter inherited some talent. The story is about four teenaged girls who are Friends Since Birth who are about to go their separate ways for the summer. They are out shopping and find a miraculous pair of jeans which fits each one of them perfectly. They make a pact to stay in touch all summer by wearing the jeans for a week and then sending them to the next person. While the film focuses on the person with the jeans, it also sets up what's happening with the others.

The other friends are played by Alexis Bledel, who is ethereal and waif-like; Blake Lively who plays the beautiful blonde athlete who can get any guy she wants, and America Ferrera, the token chubby chick. Coming in to steal the show is the obligatory child star, played forcefully by Jenna Boyd. None of the girls are drop-dead gorgeous, which helps. The chemistry between them is amazing.

Cinematography is mostly excellent, with no obnoxious tricks but also no blow-you-away wide shots. The director could have used a little more imagination -especially since 1/4 of the show was shot in the Greek isles and another 1/4 on the Baja peninsula.

Audio was poor - and America and Alexis tended to mumble, so I had to turn on subtitles. Locations and sets were great, make-up was so good I didn't even notice it.

The stories were very real, and very fantasy at the same time. Lots of tear-jerk moments, but well done. The message is Friendship. It's a powerful message, which this movie delivers by express courier.
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