When I went to the theater last night to see the second installment of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, I expected the movie to warm my heart and make me wish I was young again, with a close group of attractive friends. I thought it would be cute. I thought it would be cheesy. I did not think that there would be hot guys taking their shirts off. When we pick up with friends Tibby, Carmen, Lena, and Bridget, they’ve just finished their first year of college and are spending yet another summer apart, with only the pants to keep them together. I won’t reveal everything that happens, but there are two pregnancy scares, which means people are having sex. And while we don’t actually see couples in action, only French kissing and the beginnings of taking off clothes, I was more turned on by the Sisterhood than I was by another movie that came out this year about the friendships between four women, even though that one has Sex in the title.
The movie seems sexier than it’s probably meant to be for a couple reasons. The first being that the two actors who take off their shirts (Leonardo Nam and Jesse Williams) are extremely hot. Their abs put Brad Pitt’s in Fight Club to shame. And the second reason is that Sex and the City showed women at a time in their lives when things aren’t simple. There are responsibilities, kids to take to school, late nights at the office, and a lot of grown-up stuff that’s not so fun. Sisterhood doesn’t have any of that. The girls have few responsibilities and everything seems easy. The way they travel to Vermont, Greece, Turkey, and Alabama makes it seem as though airline miles grow on trees. And even though we never actually see the sex happening, the sexual tension is there all the time, and when one of them finally grabs the guy and kisses him, you think, Finally!, and wish you were 18 again, with perfect skin, a few less notches on your belt, and no rent or financial aid payments to worry about.