By Anne Jorgenson
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants has been a girl-power favorite of mine ever since its release years ago. A teenager on a journey of identity-discovery, I was awed by all of the amazing characters of the film.
There was the confident Bridget, played by Blake Lively, who managed to make soccer look as glamorous as New York Fashion Week.
There was the artistic Lena, played by Alexis Bledel, who made you want to run away to Greece and pick up a sketchbook – regardless of artistic talent or lack thereof.
There was the misunderstood Tibby, played by Amber Tamblyn, who tried so hard to document the everyday life.
And there was the adventurous Carmen, played by America Ferrara, who discovered the magical pants in the first place.
There was just something so entrancing about watching Bridget struggle with her forward and brash personality while still trying to be herself, trying to grow up without either of her parents there for her.
About watching Carmen see her dad move on and start a new family and find the strength and ability to admit that what he did was wrong.
About watching Lena grow into herself and gain some well-deserved confidence.
About watching Tibby be forced outside of her cynical box by a 12 year-old while filming her documentary.
This movie is a fantastic coming-of-age story, and the sisterhood is a non-problematic and realistic squad goal that everyone should aspire towards. It’s four friends who are there for each other through thick and thin, not letting time or distance affect their friendship. The girls grow with each other and don’t hold each other back – they are supportive and encouraging, as real friends should be. When Lena finds Bridget’s letter, she immediately calls Carmen and tells her she needs to be there for Bridget, even trying to cut her time in Greece short – that is the kind of friend you should want and strive to be. Despite their differences, they complement each other perfectly and make a pretty kickass friend group.
And that’s not to mention the memories that come along with this movie. “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield was truly the anthem of the early 2000s. Considering the loud dance parties initiated by that song alone and the sketches of peace signs and girl power all over Lisa Frank notebooks, this movie is – or at least should be – a staple in every young girl’s life. So go find something bedazzled, log onto your MySpace page to see whom your top nine were the last time you actually used it, and grow younger so you can do all this all over again. You can try and find a magical pair of jeans, but let’s be honest, leggings are much more comfortable and much more likely to fit you and all your friends. So maybe we’ll update this story just a tad and go put on some Macklemore and look for that special pair.