Rarely do young adult films have the cultural influence of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, which is still talked about more than 15 years after its release in 2005. The coming-of-age film is a poignant, entertaining story about four best friends and magical pants that mysteriously fit all of their different body types. The teenagers share the pants and send them back and forth as they spend the summer apart for the first time. Every girl has different lessons to learn and struggles to overcome – which they do with the support of a special pair of jeans and a special group of friends.
One of the girls, Carmen Lowell (America Ferrera), finds her place in a blended family she barely knows, while another, Bridget Vreeland (Blake Lively), struggles with depression after sleeping with a coach at soccer camp . A third “sister”, Lena Kaligaris (Alexis Bledel), falls in love with a forbidden man in Greece, and the last, Tibby Tomko-Rollins (Amber Tamblyn), learns compassion when she befriends a dying young girl who she meets work in her department store.
There are men in the film, but none of them play a major role; It’s all about the way the girls come together to help each other out with their problems (and a little bit about those jeans). “It sounds like a soulful gap commercial, but this fantastic premise offers a refreshingly realistic look at girls making the difficult transition to women,” wrote the BBC in its review of the film.