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Hollywood Rewind | The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants: Sweet and refreshing, with a touch of magic realism about it

Sweet and innocent, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants is the kind of rare movie that has immense rewatch value even after a decade and a half of its release.

Written by Anvita Singh | New Delhi |
October 31, 2021 8:28:14 am
hollywood rewindThe Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants released in 2005. (Photo: Warner Bros Pictures)

There are few movies out there about sisterhood and female friendship, which can deliver both entertainment and an absorbing cinematic experience. However, the 2005 Ken Kwapis movie called, very cheesy-ily and very aptly, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, is a different beast altogether. It is a movie about four teenagers (16 year-olds to be precise) who are very close friends. They decide to spend the summer apart as they go on their different paths, but connect through a pair of jeans, which, by some magic, fits all four of them.

The plot sounds strange, when it is actually a simple friendship movie sprinkled with some magic realism. But it is its honest simplicity that makes the movie so engaging. The pair of pant is symbolic, but it is also its own thing. It is used as a narrative device to move the plot forward as we follow each of the girls on their respective journey whilst they continue to send the jeans back and forth amongst themselves during the course of the summer. The four actors — Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively and Alexis Bledel — bring the right amount of spiritedness and charm with their performances. America Ferrera in particular is a delight to watch as she sashays in and out of the frame with confidence, conviction and wit.

Although it comes together beautifully (and predictably) in the end, Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants could also be viewed as a four-part anthology feature with each young woman confronting their own obstacles. Each story presented with its unique set of growing pains. While Ferrera’s character has father issues, Bledel has romantic ones. Blake Lively’s Bridget tackles mental health head-on as Amber’s character Tibby realises that it is okay to make new friends out of your own small circle and have everyone be comfortable with it. And while they are handed these problems, the young women also transform into more mature versions of themselves. Life happens.

Hollywood Rewind: Philadelphia | Mrs Doubtfire | Easy A | Romeo + Juliet | Coraline | Gone Girl | Starship Troopers | Bridget Jones’s Diary | Almost Famous | Inglourious Basterds | Beginners | Girl With a Pearl Earring | Juno | Nightcrawler | Little Miss Sunshine | Moana | The Sound of Music | Benny and Joon | Crimson Peak | The Holiday | My Blueberry Nights | The Help | Mission Impossible | Chef | Revolutionary Road | I’m Not There | Donnie Brasco | Sicario | Edge of Tomorrow | Spy Kids | 1998’s Godzilla | The Others | Phone Booth | Wild | Scream | The Godfather Part II | One Fine Day | True Romance | Little Women | Face-off | Pulp Fiction | Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon | The Age of Innocence | Mean Girls | Die HardNever Been Kissed | Citizen Kane | Kill Bill Volume I | Terminator 2 Judgment Day | Titanic | Heat | Home Alone | Jerry Maguire | Brief Encounter | The Truman Show | The Deer Hunter | The Shining | Clueless | Ferris Bueller’s Day Off | Blue Velvet | Taxi Driver | The Lord of the Rings I | Zero Dark Thirty | The Godfather | Say Anything | Warm Bodies | Bright Star | Malcolm X | Stardust | Red Eye | Notting Hill | FargoThe Virgin Suicides | The Breakfast Club | Enchanted | Walk the Line | Blood Diamond | Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban | Mortal Kombat | Bridges of Madison County | Edward Scissorhands | Breakfast at Tiffany’s | She’s Gotta Have It | Ever After | The Devil Wears Prada | The Matrix | Creed | Mulan | Ratatouille | Shutter Island | Her | Dead Poets Society | Sleepless in Seattle | Waitress | Pride and Prejudice | The Dark Knight | Before Sunset | School of Rock | About a Boy | A Few Good Men | 50/50 | Begin Again | Brooklyn | Drive | Chocolat | Batman Begins | 10 Things I Hate About You | The Departed | Freedom Writers | Pretty Woman | Dan in Real Life | Jurassic Park | TangledMeet Joe Black | Monster’s Ball | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind | You’ve Got Mail | Half Nelson | Fight Club | Doubt | American Psycho | Julie and Julia | Forrest Gump | The Silence of the Lambs | Finding Neverland | Roman Holiday| American History X | Tropic Thunder | Before Sunrise | Scent of a Woman | Finding Forrester | Sixteen Candles

Earlier this year, America had shared a wonderful throwback snap from the sets of the original movie as the cast celebrated the sweet sixteenth birthday of the film that brought them together. Safe to say that unlike some relationships in the industry, the main cast’s friendship remains intact. In fact, the four of them had reunited for a sequel to the movie (which was not as good as part one, to be honest), and a few years ago Blake Lively had teased that there was a strong possibility of a third part coming out.

“The four of us are still best friends. To be able to create something together again has always been a dream of ours,” Lively had said at the time. Hope the makers are listening.

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