Guest Author - Lorna London Sloukji
If the pants fit, wear themóespecially if four women with varying body types miraculously share the same pair of jeans. The magic of the jeans returns in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, as the four young women face loss, love, and hardships.
Directed by Sanaa Hamri and based on Ann Brasharesís series of novels, the all-star cast finds themselves in volumes, two, three, and four of Brasharesís bestsellers.
The movie once again stars America Ferrera as the precocious Carmen, Alexis Bledel as shy and beautiful Lena, Amber Tamblyn as sharp-witted Tibby, and Blake Lively as free-spirited Bridget.
As the movie begins, we learn that Carmen worries the girls are drifting apart as they all attend different college and have separate interests.
We find Bridget on an archeological dig in Turkey over the summer, Lena attending the Rhode Island School of Design where she takes life-drawing classes, Carmen in Yale who spends the summer in Vermont, cast in a role in The Winterís Tale, and Tibby taking film at NYU who is required to take summer school because the characters in her romantic comedy broke up.
As expected, the adventures and hardships the young women encounter evoke the significance of friendship, family, love, and ultimately, sisterhood. While the women have started new lives and interests, they still value their precious bond.
The sequel shows that these women have indeed grown up, with more brave performances as they have fewer inhibitions during challenging times. The tears flow more freely this time around and the characters seem fullerómaking them more relatable.
Itís a good summer flick; sweet, playful, and intimate.
Audiences can also look forward to a great soundtrack:
Rock & Roll- Eric Hutchinson
Together- Michelle Branch
Sunset Man- James Otto
No Oneís Aware- Jack Savoretti
Warm Whispers- Missy Higgins
Friday Night- Craig David
Sister Rosetta (Capture the Spirit)- Noisetttes
5 Times Out of 100- Hot Hot Heat
Girls Just Want to Have Fun- Cyndi Lauper
You Are Mine- Mute Math
Strange & Beautiful (Iíll Put a Spell on You)- Aqualung
Amber Tamblyn- Tibby Tomko-Rollins
Alexis Bledel- Lena Kaligaris
America Ferrera- Carmen Lowell
Blake Lively- Bridget Vreeland
Rachel Nichols- Julia
Tom Wisdom- Ian
Rachel Ticotin- Carmenís mom
Michael Rady- Kostos
Shoreh Aghdashloo- Professor Nasrin Mehani
Blythe Danner- Greta
Lucy Hale- Effie
Ernie Lively- Bridgetís father
Jesse Williams- Leo
Maria Konstadarou- Yia Yia
Director- Sanaa Hamri
Writers- Elizabeth Chandler (screenplay) and Ann Brashares (novel)