Parents' Guide to

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sensitive portrayal of four girls' friendships.

Movie PG 2005 119 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 13+

Irresponsible Sex Lesson

Although I believe girls 13 and above would be okay reading this book (with perhaps parental footnote) which I will explain later. This book was recommended summer reading for my 10 year old. That is way too young. This book is told in the POV of four 15-16 year old girls. There is drinking, skinny-dipping, death, suicide. Shall I say more? Okay I will. The most disturbing part for me was a 15 year old girl seducing her 19 year old soccer coach. I believe in this country that is considered Statutory Rape. And okay, while as an adult, I can understand the nuances, and the lesson the girl learned, and the apologies made, and the regret, and ALL that. Here is the problem. While it dealt with her emotional regret, it never mentioned if the guy wore a condom, or the fact that sometimes in life, having sex can lead to deeper consequences like Sexually Transmitted Disease OR Pregnancy. So for me, this was an irresponsible bit of literature.
age 11+

amazing movie

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (44 ):

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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