Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn và Blake Lively star in "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2".

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"The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,” which you will agree has one of the more ungainly titles of recent years, is everything that “Sex và the City” wanted lớn be. It follows the lives of four women, their career adventures, their romantic disasters and triumphs, their joys và sadness. These women are all in their early 20s, which means they are learning life’s lessons; “SATC” is about forgetting them.

The traveling pants, you will recall, are a pair of jeans that the four best friends tried on in a clothing store in the 2005 movie. Magically, they were a perfect fit for all four. So they agree that each can wear the jeans for a week of the coming summer, & then FedEx them to lớn the next name in rotation. Following the jeans, in both movies, we follow key moments in the girls’ lives.

Carmen is my favorite. Played by the glowing America Ferrara (“Real Women Have Curves”), she has followed her tall, blond friend Julia (Rachel Nichols) lớn Vermont, where Julia will spend the summer at the Village Playhouse. Carmen sees herself as a stagehand, but is dragged into an audition by a talented British actor named Ian (Tom Wisdom) & amazingly gets the female lead in “The Winter’s Tale.” Not so amazingly, she falls in love with Ian, and the jealous Julia tries to sabotage her happiness. Meanwhile, Carmen’s remarried mother produces a baby brother for her.

Alexis Bledel plays Lena, spending the summer at the Rhode Island School of Design & still in love with the Greek guy she met in the previous picture. Amber Tamblyn is Tibby, possibly the most contentious video clip store clerk in history. She"s going through a shaky period in her romance with Brian (Leonardo Nam). Blake Lively is Bridget, who goes on an archeological dig in Turkey, adopts the supervising professor (Shohreh Aghdashloo) as a mother-figure, then flies trang chủ to seek out her grandmother (Blythe Danner) & learn for the first time the details of her own mother"s death. It"s worth noticing that all four heroines are involved in relationships that are cross-cultural and/or interracial.

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The movie intercuts quickly but not confusingly from one story to lớn another, is dripping with seductive locations, is not shy about romantic cliches và has a lot of heart. The women are all sincere, intelligent, vulnerable, sweet, warm. That’s in contrast to “SATC,” with its narcissistic & shallow heroines. The “SATC” ladies should fill their flasks with cosmopolitans, go khổng lồ see “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2” và cry their hearts out with futile regret for their misspent lives.

Because the four leads spend the summer in different places, the movie has an excuse khổng lồ drop in interesting supporting characters. Blythe Danner is splendid as the Alabama grandmother who knows the whole story of Bridget’s mom. Leonardo nam is a kind & perceptive boyfriend for Lena, Shohreh Aghdashloo (“The House of Sand & Fog”) is a role mã sản phẩm for Bridget, Kyle MacLachlan has fun as the wine-sipping director of the summer playhouse, Tom Wisdom does a lot with the small role of the playhouse star. And Rachel Nichols as Julia proves a principle that should be in the Little Movie Glossary: If a short, curvy, sun-kissed heroine has a tall, thin blond as a roommate, that blond is destined to be a bitch. No way around it.

As for the pants themselves, they’ve gathered a lot of patches & embroideries over the three years since the last installment, và still fit. But not so much is made about them in this film, và by the end, they’ve disappeared, sparing us “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 3” and “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 4.” The movies are inspired by the novels of Ann Brashares, but this one, I learn, combines plot details from novels two, three and four, & so the sisters can go their separate ways, no doubt keeping in cảm ứng by e-mail, and congratulating themselves on being infinitely better than the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.