The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants – An accurate representation of teenage life

As we all know, growing up can be fun, but at times it can be challenging to figure out who you are. Many movies and TV shows make growing up look easy and glamorous. But as we know, there are definitely those times when you don’t want to leave the house and want to do nothing but watch TV in your PJ’s and eat junk food.  The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants includes all these details while making teenage life look fun.

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants was a favourite movie of mine as I grew up. As the movie starts, we are introduced to the four best friends; Bridget (Blake Lively), Tibby (Amber Tamblyn), Lena (Alexis Bledel), and Carmen (America Ferrera). The besties are all due to go their separate ways for the summer, but before they do, they go on a shopping spree where they discover the travelling pants. Despite the girls being different shapes (also extremely important to show in a teenage film), the jeans fit them all. This is of great mystery to the girls, and they decide to buy the pants and send them to each other over the summer so that they feel connected in some way.

Magic travelling pants doesn’t seem too accurate, but the experiences that the girls have are an accurate representation of being a teenager. Bridget, who loves soccer and goes to Mexico for a summer camp, is trying to cope with her Mother’s death. Lena has gone to visit relatives in Greece and innocently falls in love with a boy her family doesn’t like. Carmen, who as a young girl, dealt with her parents going through a divorce, has gone to South Carolina to meet her future step Mother and step siblings. And then there’s Tibby, who has been left at home with nothing to do but work at Walmart and make her documentary with her sick friend Bailey (Jenna Boyd).

Death, sickness, and divorce are usually things that are too hard to portray in teen films. However, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, perfectly explores these issues and how it is normal to experience them. Now, we can’t forget that this was a book first, and Ann Brashares was the one who was brave enough to write about all these real life issues in the first place. But in my opinion, it would’ve been even harder to make it into a film that is entertaining and fun. However, as social media grows, teenage life changes. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is another favourite of mine that addresses real life teenage issues. Read about it here: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

If you haven’t watched The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, then I highly recommend that you do! It can be found on Australian Netflix and iTunes.

Have fun viewing!

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