Monday, 15 October 2007

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is the story of Carmen (America Ferrera), Bridget (Blake Lively), Lena (Alexis Bledel) and Tibby (Amber Tamblyn); four friends who have been together all their lives. Their mothers met at an ante-natal class when they were expecting them and the rest was history. Now at the age of 16 the girls are about to be separated for the first time in their lives and embark on their individual adventure. While shopping one day they buy a pair of jeans that magically fits the different shapes of all of them. The four girls make a pact that they will stay in touch all summer by sending the pants to each other with a note. For the athletic and zestful, Bridget this means soccer camp in Mexico where a cute coach catches her eye. Lena, heads off to Greek to spend time with her grandparents, a talented artist she learns how to open herself up to love as well as her talent. Carmen flies to North Carolina to visit her estranged Father only to get more than she bargained for and rebellious Tibby fuels her boredom of being stuck at home by filming a documentary where she meets a person who will change her forever. The film follows these feisty four girls in the different locations and watches their rites of passage as they experience a summer they will never forget. The film is based on the very popular novel by Ann Brashares and excels where a lot of girly chummy films fails. It does not matter what age you are, you will love it. The lead actresses are all delightful and have amazing chemistry together.

The Author
Ann Brashares spent several years working as an Editor for a publisher where she describes her role as pulling books apart. This experience taught her a lot about what made a great book and she used this valuable information to craft her first novel. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants was published in 2001 and became an international bestseller. Since then she has written three other titles, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Girl in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood and Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood. The fourth one is planned for release January next year and Ann is also thinking about writing a fifth title which will be the last in the series.

The Screenplay Writer
Delia Ephron is the sister of the great Nora Ephron who produced iconic rom coms such as When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail and Bewitched. Delia is no slouch herself and actually wrote the scripts for Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail and Bewitched. Together the Ephron sisters have made a massive mark in Hollywood particularly where the romantic comedy market is concerned which is due to their style that is warm and endearing and uplifting. Delia provides her own light and wispy touch to this film which is so reminiscent of movies in the 40s.

The Actresses
These actresses have gone on to make huge names for themselves on the small screen. America Ferrera, we all know simply as Ugly Betty and there is Blake Lively who is now starring as Serena van der Woodsen in the ultra glossy, Gossip Girl. Amber Tambyln appeared in The Grudge 2 but is best know for her role in Joan of Arcadia and Alexis Bledel is currently in the Gilmore Girls. I am really looking forward to seeing the sequel when it is released next year.

Watch out for director, Ken Kwapis whose next film is He’s Just Not Into You, which is based on the popular book.

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