Yes, I watched The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. Why? I'm not quite sure, but I'm pretty sure it had something to do with Blake Lively and Alexis Bleidel. As hideously ugly as they are, I fought my urge to look away and watched the picture anyway.
The only reason I watched this unnecessary sequel is because I watched the first one, and I watched the first one because I know one of the actresses in it (who is not in this one). Thankfully, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 isn't nearly as terrible as one would expect it to be, and director Sanaa Hamri does a good job of wrapping up the girls' stories.
The Parents Television Council cannot be too pleased with the movie, despite the appearance that this movie could be made for pre-teen girls, as it carries a PG-13 rating and deals with pre-marital sex (albeit in a rather subdued way). Then again, the PTC has never been very good about allowing kids to see real life, and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 is a nice little window into the lives of four rather regular girls. Well, four rather gifted girls who seem to have no trouble traveling to Europe multiple times in a year.
All of the actresses get pretty decent stories, though some are better than ever. Lively's drama, revolving around a long lost grandmother, is interesting for a while, but underdeveloped and ultimately left hanging. Amber Tamblyn has the most realistic of the stories, as she has sex for the first time and has a scare that she might be pregnant, though her character acts in such an irrational way that she comes off as more annoying than anything else. Bleidel gets an entertaining but not-very-exciting story as she comes back to the U.S., goes to art school and starts a relationship with the male nude model from her class; again, there's potential here, but it's underdeveloped. America Ferrera by far gets the most interesting story, which involves a potential relationship with the male lead of a play she's acting in and a scheming roommate who wants to undermine her.
So, for the most part, I was engaged in these girls' lives, which is far more than I was expecting. On that level, the film worked quite well.
Unfortunately, the final fifteen minutes or so are terrible. The girls finally get together, travel to Greece and have a grand old time as they look for their missing traveling pants (the pants decide to go on a trip without them), blah blah blah. After all of their interesting solo stories, the movie just gets boring and cheesy when it matters most. What a send off.
For what it is, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 is a worthwhile film. It falls apart at the end, but otherwise it is a good movie about four realistic girls leading four different lives. Recommended to teenage girls.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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