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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Review

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  • 4.0

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  • 63

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A warm and pleasantly diverting tale.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    A shapely sequel that retains much of the sparkle and warmth that made the original such a pleasant surprise.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Everything that "Sex and the City" wanted to be. It follows the lives of four women, their career adventures, their romantic disasters and triumphs, their joys and sadness. These women are all in their early 20s, which means they are learning life’s lessons; "SATC" is about forgetting them.

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  • 83

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    Entertainment Weekly

    Even cynics might concede that, again, four capable actresses have pulled off a relatively rare thing: They've convinced us they're an honest-to-God movie sisterhood.

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  • 88

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    Chicago Tribune

    The four stars of Sisterhood are back for this smart, confident second act, based on novels by Anne Brashares.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Teen drama still fits the second time around.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this winning (if unsurprising) sequel is sure to appeal to teens and older tweens who are fans of both the books it's based on and the four stars, who are veterans of TV shows like Gossip Girl and Ugly Betty. That said, the characters are older now, and this film takes on more mature themes than the first movie. Some characters are sexually active: One girl loses her virginity, only to have a pregnancy scare soon after. Two underage characters drink wine in one minor scene, there are heavy discussions about suicide, and friendships are tested in sometimes painful ways. But all of these issues are relatable, and it's refreshing to see a film take them on in a straightforward manner. It's also great to see empowered, interested, caring teens make their way in the world.

  • Families can talk about what makes this movie different from other teen flicks. Is it a realistic or "Hollywood-ized" depiction of college students' lives and friendships? Can relationships that begin in childhood be sustained through life's ups and downs? How do you support your friends when they feel sad or angry? Families can also discuss the girls' different dilemmas. What issues do they have to confront? What choices must they make? How have they changed since the first movie?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Miscommunication befalls couples who are clearly in love; a teen avoids the boy she loves after sex because she's confused; a father cuts off communication between his daughter and mother-in-law, an act that has helped contribute to a character's confusion about her identity. Loyal pals neglect each other, though they manage to find their way back to friendship.

What to watch for
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    Violence: One character's mother committed suicide years earlier. More backbiting than actual physical fights.

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    Sex: A 19-year-old has sex for the first time with her steady boyfriend (only the girl's bare shoulders are shown; bare chest for the guy); her boyfriend tells her the condom breaks, and she later has a pregnancy scare. Fairly passionate kissing between three other couples. References to how another supporting character got a girl pregnant. Discussions about contraception.

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    Language: "Suck" and "hell" are about as bad as it gets.

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    Consumerism: Somewhat heavy name-dropping of colleges, including NYU, Brown, Yale, and RISD; labels for Ding Dongs and Duane Reade. Since one of the main characters works at a video store, lots of posters for movies are visible. A T-Mobile Sidekick, logo clearly displayed, is brandished often. A Nintendo DS is mentioned by name.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Two underage characters drink a bottle of wine.