A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Friendship, family, acceptance, loyalty, and a pair of pants hold together the different summer experiences of four great high school friends. The girls demonstrate self-sacrifice, empathy, and understanding as they support each other through difficult experiences. Additional themes include communication and compassion.
Positive Role Models
Away at soccer camp, Bridget pursues her college-age coach. They have offscreen sex, but both show maturity after, judging that they went too far too soon. Lena learns to stand up for herself. Carmen overcomes the pain of her father's remarriage, and Tibby drops her protective outer shell.
Violence & Scariness
A suicide that took place before the movie begins continues to affect the characters. Someone is conked in the head with a tennis ball. Someone throws a rock at a window in anger. A 12-year-old girl has leukemia. Tibby visits the girl in the hospital, who appears to be very sick.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Bridget dances seductively. Offscreen, Bridget has sex with a slightly older coach. Lena kisses her new Greek boyfriend.
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"Screw the world," "pain in the ass," "oh, Jesus," "sucks," and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In a bar scene, people drink. A woman smokes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is based on the book by the same name. Friendship, family, acceptance, loyalty, and a pair of pants hold together the different summer experiences of four close high school friends. The teen characters deal with difficult issues, including a parent's suicide, the disease and death of a close friend, a father's remarriage, seduction, and first-time sex (this last is indicated rather than depicted explicitly). The film includes tense family scenes, with a focus on reconciliation after angry flare-ups. Characters use some mild profanity (including "suck" and "ass"), and they drink. The girls demonstrate self-sacrifice, empathy, and understanding as they support each other through difficult experiences. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Based on Ann Brashares' novel of the same name, this movie is sometimes sentimental and ultimately sensible, and it's respectful of its strong girl characters and its audience. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants introduces its protagonists as general types but quickly grants them space to become interesting and complicated. The movie is about learning to appreciate what's in front of you as well as new experiences. But their most important lesson has to do with their mutual support and affection, which lasts over time.
Where too many movies treat a girl's losing her virginity as a singularly traumatic or excessively romantic event, this one shows it as a difficult event from which she learns, recovers, and moves on. If its resolutions are at times too neat, the movie also is refreshingly frank, allowing the girls to be confused, perceptive, foolish, mad, and generous -- just like girls can be.
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