“Maybe the truth is there’s a little bit of loser in all of us you know, being happy isn’t having everything in your life being perfect. Maybe it’s about stringing together all the little things. Making those count more than the bad stuff. Maybe we just get through it and that’s all we can ask for.” – Bailey
I don’t remember the first time I watched The Sisterhood of the Traveling pants, but then again, I do recall my emotional-state during and after the movie. Laughing because Carmen is absolutely hilarious and authentic in every way, but also crying because Carmen doesn’t realize for a second how amazing she truly is; then, laughing again because Tibby and her short-film process is strangely hysterical, and finally, ending with a mixture between a sob and a smile of relief as the four, atrociously brave and intelligent best friends find themselves back in each other’s lives, with stories of love, heartache, mishaps, and everything in-between.
I love this movie for a million reasons; however, the fact that it’s like nothing I’ve ever watched is probably the reason I keep coming back to it on rainy days. It’s not just the typical story about a group of best friends. Every character is so incredibly unique.
Carmen is the closely-held friend who has such a gigantic heart for everyone she meets. The family her dad kept in secret. Her gracious friends. Her independent and loving mother. She, at some time or another, allows them to fill her heart. And THE PANTS. Carmen grasps how particularly astounding the pants were during that summer of wonderful, sometimes unfortunate, events, and she refuses to ever give up on them.
Lena is quiet, but her heart too is truly uncontainable, especially when she meets Kostas, a gentleman who sweeps Lena off her introverted, reserved island and into an exciting adventure in the breathtakingly beautiful country of Greece. She learns to open up to new people and newly-found adventures, and it’s such an enjoyment to watch her grow. I truly adore watching Lena because she continuously reminds me of myself.
Bridget. Oh, Bridget. It’s so fun to watch her show off for the cute soccer coach, doing everything she possibly can to get his attention. But, then again, she’s lonelier than ever, missing her mom and not receiving any attention or love from her father; to make it worse, she’s far from Maryland, in the center of Mexico, away from her closest friends. Witnessing Bridget break down over her mother and missing her unconditionally is full of heartbreak, but as her friends squeeze up close by her side, you realize she’s going to be okay.
Last, but certainly not least, there’s the wonderfully unique Tibby. Remaining in her hometown of Bethesda, Maryland, she finds herself trying to make extra cash for her film projects by working at Wallman’s Drug Store, and that’s when we all get to meet Bailey. Tibby and Baily form a relationship similar to none, as they work side-by-side trying to make something enjoyable out of Tibby’s short-film project. And, when it’s revealed that Bailey is sick with leukemia, we see a totally new side to Tibby, as she opens herself up to heartbreak and losing her new friend. It’s devastatingly sad, but it’s incredible to watch their story unfold.
As many are able to see, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is probably one of my favorite movies of all time. But, there are so many reasons why, and although I just explained a few, so many more come out of that truly remarkable film.
As a young girl, probably around the age of 11 or 12, I watched that film for the first time with my older sister, and it genuinely gave my little pre-teen heart “all the feels,” and I won’t ever overlook that magical feeling.