“Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants 2” – Susan Granger reviews

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Having just completed their first year of college, the four lifelong friends of Ann Brashares’ “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” are back for another summer of drama and discovery, sharing the magical pair of thrift-shop jeans as a way of staying connected to their past and each other.

When Lena (Alexis Bledel) goes back to Greece for her grandfather’s funeral, she discovers her beloved Kostas (Michael Rady) is married. Heartbroken, she throws herself into her art studies at the Rhode Island School of Design and becomes romantically involved with the male model (Jesse Williams) who poses for her class.

While working in a video store and trying to write a romantic comedy for her NYU film project, rebellious Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) takes her relationship with Brian (Leonardo Nam) too far and fears she may be pregnant.

Still struggling with her mother’s death, Bridget (Blake Lively) travels to Turkey, where she works on an archeological dig until her mentor (Shohreh Aghdashloo) makes her aware that that the memories she needs to unearth are in Alabama with her estranged maternal grandmother (Blythe Danner).

And since Carmen’s (America Ferrera) recently re-married mother (Racel Ticotin) is expecting a baby, she impulsively goes to Vermont to work backstage at a theater festival where she discovers talent–and courage–she never dreamed she had.

Although the screenplay’s kaleidoscopic structure is distracting, interweaving the four coming-of-age adventures, writer Elizabeth Chandler and director Sanaa Hamri should intrigue their target audience of teenage girls with lessons about love, disappointment and forgiveness.

On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2” is a familiar 5. And Fairfield County audiences will recognize scenes filmed at Yale and the Westport Country Playhouse.

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Susan Granger

Susan Granger

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at R.K.O., M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M. As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O'Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Phi Beta Kappa, with highest honors in journalism. During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic. Her newspaper reviews have been syndicated around the world, and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television. In addition, her celebrity interviews and articles have been published in REDBOOK, PLAYBOY, FAMILY CIRCLE, COSMOPOLITAN, WORKING WOMAN and THE NEW YORK TIMES, as well as in PARIS MATCH, ELLE, HELLO, CARIBBEAN WORLD, ISLAND LIFE, MACO DESTINATIONS, NEWS LIMITED NEWSPAPERS (Australia), UK DAILY MAIL, UK SUNDAY MIRROR, DS (France), LA REPUBBLICA (Italy), BUNTE (Germany), VIP TRAVELLER (Krisworld) and many other international publications through SSG Syndicate. Susan also lectures on the "Magic and Mythology of Hollywood" and "Don't Take It Personally: Conquering Criticism and other Survival Skills," originally published on tape by Dove Audio.