Lit Flicks

We are fans of films based on literary works, such as a book, short story, poem, or play. Screenings alternate between Mondays and Thursdays, and move around campus to make the fun more accessible to all. Reading the original is not required, but enriches our discussions. For more information or to be added to our mailing list, contact:
LitFlicks@riderwoodlife.com.

1/13 (Monday) 7 pm Village Square Music Room:
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) Rated PG

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a 2005 American comedy-drama film based on the 2001 novel of the same name by Ann Brashares. The film stars America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn, Blake Lively, and Alexis Bledel. The story follows four best friends who buy a mysterious pair of pants that fits each of them despite their differing sizes. The girls share the pants equally as they spend their first summer apart. (Wikipedia)

Commonsense Media rates this film as suitable for ages 12 and up. “Friendship, family, acceptance, loyalty, and a pair of pants hold together the different summer experiences of four close high school friends. The teen characters deal with difficult issues, including a parent’s suicide, the disease and death of a close friend, a father’s remarriage, seduction, and first-time sex (this last is indicated rather than depicted explicitly). The film includes tense family scenes, with a focus on reconciliation after angry flare-ups. Characters use some mild profanity (including “suck” and “ass”), and they drink. The girls demonstrate self-sacrifice, empathy, and understanding as they support each other through difficult experiences.”

2023 Schedule (All movies start at 7 p.m.):

Date Film Location
1/19 The Commitments TNC Classroom
2/13 Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants VSQ Music Room
3/16 Zorba the Greek MST Chesapeake
4/10 Being There VSQ Music Room
5/11 Dr. Zhivago Encore
6/5 Les Misérables MST Chesapeake
7/6 For Whom the Bell Tolls Encore
7/31 Das Boot TNC Classroom
8/31 Joy Luck Club TNC Classroom
9/25 All Quiet on the Western Front VSQ Music Room
10/26 Beowulf VSQ Music Room
11/20 The Prime of Miss Jean Brody MST Chesapeake
12/21 The Great Gatsby MST Chesapeake

Jo’s Preview

Well!

I just finished reading The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”, which inspired our next film.  The book and the movie are new to me, but it was recommended by at least two of our members, and I was curious enough to read the original. Let me just say that I went from hater to fan in the seven hours it took me to listen to the audiobook (and knit a hat). Can’t wait to see how the movie compares.

I know that most of the Lit Flickers are female, and that a coming of age movie about four teenage girls might be considered a “chick flick”. But we were all fifteen going on sixteen once, and I hope enough fellas show up on February 13 that we can compare notes!