One Size Doesn't Fit All
As a movie reviewer I try to approach every movie with an open mind especially those which I know are targeting a completely different sort of person to me. So as I sat down to watch "The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants" I did so with no expectations just a hope that maybe this movie which seems to be aimed at teen girls would have something extra to entertain someone who isn't a teen girl. Unfortunately there isn't and I spent going on 2 hours knowing that this wasn't a bad movie but one which is definitely not for me.
Tibby, Lena, Bridget and Carmen have been friends since birth and have been there for each other through think and thin. But this summer things are going to be different as Lena is off to Greece to spend time with relatives, Carmen is visiting her estranged father; Bridget is off to soccer camp in Mexico whilst Tibby with aspirations of being a movie maker is stacking shelves to raise money for new equipment. But before they go their separate ways they discover a pair of magical jeans whilst clothes shopping which somehow manages to fit each of them despite being different sizes. Having agreed a pact to share the jeans for the summer they each go off on their own adventures from Lena finding a Greek hunk to Carmen dealing with her father's sudden plans to remarry.
So "The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants" basically gives us 4 stories wrapped up in one movie and that works as it stops it be monotonous. The flitting between each character allows for it to keep things moving which alongside an attractive cast is one of the movies few plus points.
Then we get to the storyline or storylines as we have romance, friendship, growing up and a lot of other things you would expect from a coming of age movie. But all of this coming of age stuff is very teen girl orientated to the point that it offers up nothing for those who are not a teen girl. Now technically there is nothing wrong with that as for its target audience it probably works but it would have been nice for it to cater to those who unfortunately finds themselves watching it.
As for the cast well each of the young actresses play their parts well, they are beautiful, sweet, amusing and so on. But beyond looking good their characters did little to entertain and in truth the back drop to Lena's adventures in Greece was more interesting than the characters.
What this all boils down to is that "The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants" is made for a very specific audience, a teenage girl audience who will enjoy the characters, the romance and so on but for anyone else it is hard work.