Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -1

Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel. Drama. Written by Elizabeth Chandler. Directed by Sanaa Hamri.

FILM SYNOPSIS: In Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, based on Ann Brashares best-selling series of novels, four young women continue the journey toward adulthood that began with The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Now three years later, these lifelong friends embark on separate paths for their first year of college and the summer beyond, but remain in touch by sharing their experiences with each other as they always havewith honesty and humor. Discovering their individual strengths, fears, talents and capacity for love through the choices they make, they come to value more than ever the bond they share and the immeasurable power of their friendship.

PREVIEW REVIEW: It's not the first time the silver screen has seen an inanimate object that somehow connects people. In the 1930s, Tales of Manhattan featured a suit coat that somehow affected the lives of those who wore it. And in the 1960s, The Yellow Rolls Royce drove to misfortunate those who became romantically inclined in the back seat. And in 2005 four teenaged girls discovered a magical pair of pants, a pair of pants that mysteriously fit each of their different shapes. And while they wore the jeans, they discovered special relationships with each other and with other people. And you know what? Despite the title and the rather bizarre premise, it was actually a pretty good PG movie. Well, its three years later and the girls have matured into a PG-13 world.

The acting is satisfactory and the locations great, but the storylines are TV melodramatic. Listening to the reactions of teen and preteen girls as I left the theater, however, it had generated a lot of positive buzz among that designated audience.

My main concern: one girl has sex with her boyfriend, but the condom didnt work, so there is the fear of pregnancy. Later, it is implied that one of the other lead girls has also had sex with the guy of her dreams. Fortunately, they have chosen young men who truly love them. But there is a casualness about premarital intercourse in this film, which aims at young girls. I'm not making a judgment call, just offering a warning that sexual relationships in this film are presented without regard for biblical teachings. I can't imagine any more difficult discussion to have with your preteen daughters, but because of todays quickening race to grow up, such a talk is important. Good luck with that.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Warner Bros. Pictures/ Alcon

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: Several minor expletives (hell and damn)

Profanity: Out of shock or frustration, Jesus name is uttered as a mere expletive; variations of the expression oh my God are spoken by each of the leads several times

Violence: None

Sex: One sexual scene that cuts away before any graphic detail; it is implied that another of the foursome has a sexual encounter.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: A couple of discussions concerning the possibility of pregnancy after it is discovered that the condom was ineffective.

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Adolescent Teenage Girls

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