Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3

Content: +2

Based on Ann Brashares best-selling novel, this is the story of four teenage girls lifelong friends and very different physically and intellectually who face their first summer apart. Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) will stay at home pursuing her hobby of making a documentary of coworkers in a huge retail store. Lenas (Alexis Bledel) parents are sending her to meet her Greek grandparents in Greece. Beautiful, athletic Bridget (Blake Lively) heads off to a summer soccer camp in Mexico. And Carmen (America Ferrera) is excited about spending the summer with her dad in Georgia. To stay connected, the friends buy a pair of jeans that miraculously fits each of them. They decide that each girl will wear the jeans for a week before sending them to one of the others. The Sisterhood celebrates the joys and sadness of growing up and the uniqueness of people.

The four friends learn some difficult lessons that ring of the truth that God loves His people as they are but too much to leave them there. Pesky, 12-year-old Bailey (Jenna Boyd) worms her way into serving as Tibbys video-shooting assistant, and her youthful wisdom and courage has its effect on cynical Tibby. Quiet, pretty and prudish Lena emerges from her shyness with the help of handsome Kostas (Michael Rady). Bridget, who pretends that shes nothing like her suicidal mother, brazenly pursues a young coach and has her first sexual experience. Feeling ashamed and empty, she learns the only thing worse than waiting is wishing you had. That incident is implied and shows no nudity. Carmen learns to accept her dads new life with a new family after a difficult visit. Unlike most teen movies, these girls are not into drugs, drinking or sex. A few crudities, a moderate obscenity and Lenas swimming in her underwear are the only questionable elements in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Warner Bros.

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Crude Language: Few (4) times mild (hell 1); strong (-ss 3)

Obscene Language: Once moderate (scr-w 1)

Profanity: None

Violence: None

Sex: Once mild (implied teenager engages in sex, an encounter that is portrayed negatively)

Nudity: Few times mild (girls in underwear shown changing clothes to emphasize the physical differences in a slender girl versus a heavy girl, girl swims in underwear)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times mild (girl pursues coach and entices him by dancing suggestively)

Drugs: Few times (drinking in cantina)

Other: Themes of learning to cope with death, love and friendship and accepting our differences without being judgmental; frank treatment of suicide

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Teenagers and Adults

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