Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
Released: August 6, 2008 (US), September 24, 2008 (RP)
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first movie ended. I was a fan of the first movie so in all fairness, I reeeeally wanted to like this movie. It tells the story of Tibby (Amber Tamblyn), Lena (Alexis Bledel), Carmen (America Ferrera) and Bridget (Blake Lively) and the magical pair of pants that happens to fit them all.
I'll always remember Amber Tamblyn as the spunky and emotionally tortured Joan from Joan of Arcadia. Who could forget Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore from the Gilmore Girls? It's funny how a lot of the casting process for the first two films built on the actresses' stereotypes. The audience didn't really have to think hard because of the similarities between Joan & Tibby and Lena & Rory.
Call me an unimaginative viewer but because we have all seen Blake Lively in Gossip Girl, I found it hard to separate Bridget from Serena. As an actress, she's not like other people who literally transform onscreen. I could say the same thing for America Ferrera. Because of the success of Ugly Betty, one can guess that it's hard to unlearn a character. Her plucked eyebrows and hyped wardrobe doesn't say Carmen anymore. It screams Betty.
This is one of the worst examples of book-to-movie conversions. They took most of the fourth book and added a few scenes from the second and third book and expected magic. Halfway through the movie, you get the feeling that it's a huge PMS ride and it's not something I would want to see again.
I heard that in terms of revenue, this film did better than its predecessor. I just felt a little disappointed that they stretched the story until it broke. If you liked the first movie (or the book), you probably need to see this to know how the story continues. All-in-all, it failed to bring the magic that the first movie had and because of that the movie is entirely forgettable.