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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 6 August 2008 (USA)
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Four college freshmen and best friends find that it may take more than a shared pair of jeans to help them stay in touch as their lives go in different directions.

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Sanaa Hamri

Writers:

Elizabeth Chandler (screenplay), Ann Brashares (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amber Tamblyn ... Tibby Tomko-Rollins
Alexis Bledel ... Lena Kaligaris
America Ferrera ... Carmen Lowell
Blake Lively ... Bridget Vreeland
Rachel Nichols ... Julia
Tom Wisdom ... Ian
Rachel Ticotin ... Carmen's Mom
Leonardo Nam ... Brian McBrian
Michael Rady ... Kostos
Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Professor Nasrin Mehani
Blythe Danner ... Greta
Jesse Williams ... Leo
Lucy Hale ... Effie (as Lucy Kate Hale)
Maria Konstadarou Maria Konstadarou ... Yia Yia
Ernie Lively ... Bridget's Father
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Storyline

Carmen Lowell is working on the backstage of a play at Yale. When the lead actress, her friend Julia, invites her to Vermont with her to work on a play with a professional cast, she decides to stay with her friends and her pregnant mother. However, she changes her mind after she finds that her friends will all leave for the summer: Lena Kaligaris will travel to a drawing course, Bridget Vreeland, who is in an existential crisis, missing her mother, will travel to an archaeological dig in Turkey, and Tibby Tomko-Rollins is working in a rental and still editing her documentary. Carmen grows a crush on the lead actor Ian, who convinces her to participate in an audition, and she is then invited by the director Bill Kerr to perform the lead female role. Later she finds the truth about the friendship of Julia. The broken-hearted Lena finds that Kostas has just married, and she dates the model of her drawing class. Bridget finds letters addressed to her from her grandmother that her father ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Some friends just fit together.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature material and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

6 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quatre filles et un jean 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Greece See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,678,430, 10 August 2008

Gross USA:

$44,089,964

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,352,417
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie, Carmen (America Ferrera) is a student at Yale. Alexis Bledel, who plays Lena, starred in Gilmore Girls (2000), in which her character, Rory, also goes to Yale. See more »

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The glasses Tibby and Brian are holding change color. At first, Brian is holding a light blue one and Tibby is holding a dark blue one. Brian puts the dark blue one on the floor and the light one is on the table (supposedly put there by Tibby). See more »

Quotes

Brian McBrian: You need to have a little faith, Tibby. Not everyone you love is going to leave you.
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Connections

References Zorba the Greek (1964) See more »

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Performed by Takis Elenis
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Mediocre due to initial strengths which drain away throughout, Watch the first 30
2 May 2017 | by bhattrellSee all my reviews

" Promise draining away with duration. A little romance with too much complication. Not enough anecdotal inspiration. Film finds itself in a mediocre rank location."

Sisterhood of the traveling pants 2 (6.5/10)

Setting the scene

Imagine you are a bee ... Out on the hunt for nectar. You don't find a sweetly scented rose but end up settling on a daisy. The daisy is fine. It still provides the nectar you want but you wonder. You wonder if your fellow bees have found a flower which is more salubrious. This is the theme of the scene setting. The not knowing of characters lives and how they are unfolding. This is a capture. Gets you wanting to know more and acts as an effective hook.

Main body

The beginning shows real promise with many dramatic emotional scenes with 2 of the main characters. You almost expect some relationship development but nothing feels long term. It feels like nothing is real or deep enough to provide a real romance vibe.

Perhaps the art of the film is it's action and progression but for this, all the scenes and characters should be as emphatic as each other. This just isn't the case. The second film learns from the issue of focusing too heavily on the main character in the first. With this though it struggles to make each small excerpt from every character dramatic.

The greatest drama begins with a combination of characters. One is left out from any really emotional or engaging events. Things get a little tedious later on since the drama is siphoned just towards the main character. Only a short snippet for the left out character is provided to try to reengage or wake up the viewer. This seems a bit desperate and feeble however and some stones are left unnecessarily unturned.

The main body therefore seems to fade away and could benefit from a little truncation or just quality time focusing on relationships. That said the stories do have variety but just aren't on the whole that entertaining.

Music

Quieter music as well as increased fading was used especially well for sadness and turmoil. This enhanced the authenticity for just one of the characters though. Again this was far more effective at the early part of the main film body but by the end was not noticeable unfortunately. In general the music was calming and relaxing which suits the films friendship vibes although perhaps needs changing up where things are threatened or more exciting.

Ending

The ending is too much like the first which is a shame. There could have been a twist in the tale or the significance of the pants revealed which would have been nice.

Summary

A varied combination lacking seasoning. Not fully reasoned and seasoned by any stretch although some good relationship scenes, location variety and number of life snippets just about get you to the end of the film. No better or worse I feel than the original but the film appears to suffer from less surprise after viewing the first.


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