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I finally got my hands on the movie adaptation of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I really enjoyed the book as a feel-good, but still challenging coming-of-age story. However, after seeing the movie, I think this story is better told through the book. The story line felt very disjointed in the movie because it skips around from character to character. (If you want to know what I thought of the book, check out my review.)
The movie was alright, by my estimation. It’s not something that kept me riveted or that I’ll ever need to see again, but one time was okay. For the most part, the movie followed the book pretty faithfully. The four friends were cast quite well and they all did an admirable job of portraying their characters.
There were a few liberties take with changing the story for the movie adaptation. The biggest changes were in Lena’s story. I didn’t particularly care for those changes, either. In the movie they changed Kostos’ occupation to a fisherman. They also manufactured a family feud between Lena and Kostos’ families. In the book their families are actually trying to set them up. I didn’t see any point to changing the story in that way.
My favorite characters were Carmen (America Ferrera) and Tibby (Amber Tamblyn). I think those two girls did an excellent job portraying their respective characters and bringing some complexity to the story.
I recommend The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants to preteen and teen girls. I don’t think it would interest many others.
Rating: 3 Stars
Until next time…
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