I loved this movie. I loved this movie in the way that you love your favorite pillow, or your childhood blanket. Forgive the use of a horribly obvious comparison, but I love this movie like I love my favorite pair of jeans. I felt comfortable sitting and watching this world unfold. I could live in that world. I could be Carmen, Bridget, Lena, or Tibby. I see pieces of myself in each of them. I feel like if I was given a chance, the pants could fit me too.
I know that sounds lame, but really that’s how the movie makes you feel. Guys, maybe it’s a little on the chick flick side. But honestly – with four girls like this, I think you can manage to sit through chick flick-ish movie. For girls, however, I think I can safely say that it will make you long for the days of secret notebooks and penpals and crushes on older boys. You’ll remember those long-lost friends (if, like me, you’re finally old enough to have long-lost friends) that you used to believe were the pieces of the puzzle that made you whole. You’ll remember the days when a phone call saying “I need you” was enough to bring your best friends running to your house in their pajamas, ready to help you cry it out over pizza.
The movie is powerful in ways that most movies only dream of. Stories of family, love, and loss are told through the innocent eyes of four sixteen-year-old girls. The pain of a child of divorce, a girl who lost her mother when she would need her most, a girl falling in love for the first time, and a girl learning what it’s like to really see the world – all this through four extremely talented actresses. Alexis Bledel is quiet little Lena, staying in Greece with her grandparents for the summer. America Ferrera is Carmen, visiting her father in South Carolina for the summer and getting an unpleasant and unexpected surprise. Blake Lively is Bridget, the feisty go-getter spending her summer at a soccer camp in Mexico. And last, but definitely not least, Amber Tamblyn is Tibby, an amateur filmmaker stuck working at a department store in the girls’ hometown for the summer. Where others might have come across as trite or contrived, these four put real passion into their roles. The viewer feels for them, laughs with them, and cries for them.
Also worth noting is the young Jenna Boyd as Bailey, the aforementioned assistant to Tibby. While only twelve-years-old, she delivers her performance with the poise and talent of a well-seasoned actress. Another note, Bradley Whitford surprises as Carmen’s father, delivering a serious and touching performance (while I’m sure he’s excellent on “West Wing,” my previous knowledge of his acting ability was based on Billy Madison).
While all four girls were amazing, I must say I think Amber Tamblyn has just blazed her way into my TopFive actresses (sharing the space with such talent as Kate Hudson and Angelina Jolie). I loved her portrayal of Tibby. It may be partly that I identified the most with her character out of the four, but I think it’s just that Tamblyn is just that effective as an actress.
I can’t say enough good things about this movie. For once, I say forget Netflix and go buy this right now.
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