The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

  • Review Date: October 9, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 119 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Sensitive portrayal of four girls' friendships.
  • Review Date: October 9, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 119 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some angry exchanges, some acting out, girls learn valuable life lessons and support one another.


A suicide takes place before movie begins.


Sex off screen, some awkwardly seductive behavior.



Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that characters deal with difficult issues, including a parent's suicide, disease/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 focus on reconciliation after angry flare-ups. Characters use some mild language (including "suck" and "ass") and drink.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS follows four high school girl friends who separate for the summer and vow to keep in touch by way of a pair of blue jeans that magically fits all their different body sizes perfectly. They mail the jeans to one another, along with letters to keep up with what's happening in each other's lives. Lena (Alexis Bledel) is shy and quiet, on her way to Greece to visit relatives; aspiring documentary-maker Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) resents being stuck working at a local Wal-Mart-type store; golden girl Bridget (Blake Lively) is dealing with her mom's suicide and distant father as she heads to soccer camp in Mexico; and young writer Carmen (America Ferrera) goes to North Carolina to visit with her long-absent father, Al (Bradley Whitford), who announces he's about to marry Lydia (Nancy Travis), whose two blond teens seem complete opposites of Carmen. During their vacations, they explore their emerging sense of independence, while figuring out how to maintain relationships with their families and with each other, and each girl learns a valuable life lesson.

Is it any good?


Based on Ann Brashares' novel, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is sometimes sentimental and ultimately sensible, and it is respectful of its strong girl characters and its audience. The film 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 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 is also refreshingly frank, allowing the girls to be confused, perceptive, foolish, mad, and generous. Just like girls can be.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the film's depiction of loyalty and loss, especially as each of the girls loses something precious, but also gains experience and faith in herself and her best friends. How do you support your friends when they feel sad or angry? How can you be mad at someone but also, at the same time, still love him or her? How can loss also be an occasion for learning, sharing, and emotional maturation?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 1, 2005
DVD release date:October 11, 2005
Cast:Alexis Bledel, Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera
Director:Ken Kwapis
Studio:Warner Bros.
Topics:Book characters, Friendship
Run time:119 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:thematic elements, some sensuality and language

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Kid, 12 years old August 28, 2009
I saw it at age ten. A bit sad :'(. LUVed it though
Teen, 13 years old Written byzipzipzap July 14, 2009

such a great movie

i love this movie it is one of my favorties. Great for most ages and sends posative messages about friendship
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old August 20, 2009

cute, sad, amaizng

such a cute movie, really good, really funny, yet really emotional. its totally realistic too, which is cool. i love it. :D


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