The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants(released in the UK asThe Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants) is a 2005 American film, based on the novelThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsby Ann Brashares released by Warner Bros. Pictures . It was directed by Ken Kwapis and written by Delia Ephron .
The film's production budget was $25 million. At the box office, it brought in a total domestic gross of $39 million.The DVD was released in the United States on October 11, 2005, and features on-camera commentary by Amber Tamblyn , Alexis Bledel , and America Ferrera and deleted scenes (discussed by Kwapis). The film was partially shot in the Kamloops and Ashcroft area in B.C., Canada.
Four teenage girls—Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen—who are best friends and have been together all their lives in Bethesda, Maryland , but are about to separate for the summer. Lena is spending the summer in Greece with her grandparents; Tibby is staying at home; Bridget is going to soccer camp in Mexico ; and Carmen is visiting her father in South Carolina . The girls go browsing at a local thrift store before they separate for the summer. They convince Tibby to try on a pair of jeans, who in turn makes Lena try them on, then Bridget, then Carmen; they find that the Pants magically fits all four of them perfectly, even though they have different measurements. The girls decide to share the Pants equally among them over the summer as a way of keeping together when they are apart. They part the next day, and the film focuses on each girl's journey separately.
- Lena Kaligaris
One day in Greece, Lena is sitting at the dock, drawing when she accidentally falls in the water, and the leg of the Pants gets caught on something. A young man swims over and sets her free, later introducing himself as Kostas Dounas, a Greek-American like her. Lena learns from her grandparents that her family and Kostas' family are sworn enemies stemming from an old family feud. Despite this, Kostas continues to pursue Lena, and the two develop feelings for each other. At first, Lena is afraid to let herself love Kostas, but eventually begins to open up, sharing rides on his motorbike through the town and going out in Kostas' grandfather's boat at midnight, to which her grandparents are oblivious.
The climax of the relationship comes one Saturday night close to the end of the summer, right before Kostas is about to leave town to return to Athens University . Kostas and Lena attend a party, and while they are dancing, Kostas tells Lena that he loves her. Before Lena can answer, Lena's family barges in, angrily pulling Lena away. Lena later confronts her grandfather and asks to go see Kostas before he leaves, to which her grandfather agrees. Lena goes to the dock and calls out to Kostas, who gets off the ferry. Kostas and Lena share a passionate kiss, and Lena confesses her love for him.
- Tibby Rollins
While on the job in a cheap department store, Tibby hears a loud crashing sound, and finds a young girl who has fainted in the deodorant aisle. She frantically calls for help, and the girl is taken away in an ambulance. Later, when Lena from Greece mails the magical Pants to Tibby, they are delivered to the wrong house, and someone comes to Tibby's house to deliver them - coincidentally, Bailey Graffman, the girl who had fainted at the store.
Fascinated by Tibby's movie, or "suckumentary", and her movie making, Bailey becomes Tibby's self-appointed assistant. Tibby is annoyed by this at first, but gradually grows to accept Bailey. She later learns from Bailey's neighbor that Bailey has leukemia .
Bailey eventually goes to the hospital with a bad infection. Tibby avoids the hospital for a while, but eventually visits Bailey, bringing the Traveling Pants. She offers them to Bailey and pleads with her to take them so that they can help her. Bailey responds by saying that the pants have already worked their magic on Bailey by bringing her and Tibby together. Tibby spends a lot of time with Bailey in the hospital after that. A couple days later, Tibby receives a phone call in the morning from Mrs. Graffman, Bailey's mother, saying that Bailey died in the night.
When Carmen comes back home from South Carolina , Tibby visits her to try and help her with her feelings of being snubbed by her father. Tibby later goes to Bridget's house along with Carmen in order to bring Bridget out of a period of sadness she's going through.
Over the course of the movie, Tibby undergoes dramatic changes in outlook due to her time with Bailey.
- Bridget Vreeland
Shortly after arriving at soccer camp in Baja California, Mexico , Bridget develops a crush on one of the coaches, Eric Richman. She reveals to Eric and the audience that a psychiatrist who evaluated her following her mother's suicide described her as "single-minded to the point of recklessness," presumably as a way of avoiding dealing with her mother's death. This statement aptly describes Bridget's pursuit of Eric, despite the fact that flings between coaches and campers are forbidden. She flirts with Eric, shows off for him during games, and more.
When Bridget's turn with the Traveling Pants finally comes, she puts them on that night and walks around outside Eric's cabin, leading him to the beach. It is implied in the movie (and confirmed in the book) that Bridget loses her virginity to Eric. The event leaves Bridget feeling empty and listless, even once she returns home. After learning about this in a letter, Lena calls Carmen and Tibby, and they arrive at Bridget's house to cheer her up. She tells them she is worried she is like her mother, whose mood also swung easily from very up to very down, eventually resulting in deep depression and suicide. Carmen and Tibby comfort Bridget by reassuring her that she is stronger than her mother. Eric visits Bridget and apologizes for his behavior over the summer, and tells her that while she is too young for him now, he hopes she will give him a shot when she is older, giving Bridget some much-needed closure.
- Carmen Lowell
During the summer Carmen goes to her dad's house in South Carolina . On arrival, she is shocked when her dad immediately introduces her to a new family that he is about to marry into; they are blonde White Anglo-Saxon Protestants , unlike Carmen who was raised by her Puerto Rican mother. During her time there her father and her new family neglect her emotionally, driving her to throw a stone through their dining room window, and catch a bus back to Maryland. At home she tells Tibby about her time with her dad and Tibby convinces her to confront her father with a phone call and finally tell him that she's mad at him. Carmen tells her father and he apologizes. Her summer ends with the four of them returning south where she is an attendant at her father's wedding, where at the reception he makes a public apology for having snubbed her.