In many ways, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 is like a PG-13 version of Sex and the City—only more innocent and, in my opinion, significantly more enjoyable and inspiring. Like the women of SATC, the four young women of SOTP2 are a diverse group of characters and a somewhat unlikely group of friends. For the most part, their stories are driven by romantic or familial relationships, and here they're on a journey of self-discovery and revelation. And like its first incarnation, this film's central message is about the value of friendship.
SOTP2 picks up three years after The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants left off. Carmen (America Ferrera of TV's Ugly Betty), Lena (Alexis Bledel of TV's The Gilmore Girls), Bridget (Blake Lively of TV's Gossip Girl), and Tibby (Amber Tamblyn of TV's Joan of Arcadia) have just finished their first year of college and are about to embark on their various summer adventures. Lena will be taking art classes at The Rhode Island School of Design. Bridget is heading off to Turkey on an archeological dig. Tibby will remain at NYU to compete a film project. And in a last-minute decision, Carmen accepts an invitation to work backstage at an elite summer theater program in Vermont (while her mother and stepfather await the arrival of her new baby step brother).
But as was also the case in the first film, each young woman's summer plans serve up more than just a day-to-day itinerary. After Lena discovers that her ex-boyfriend Kostas (Michael Rady) has gotten married only months after they broke up, she finds herself stuck between the love she so desperately wants to believe in and the passion that is right before her. When Tibby allows herself to get closer to her boyfriend Brian (Leonardo ...1