HOLLYWOOD — Tuesday was a trip for L.A.’s femme tween set, who finished their homework early and traveled in droves to Hollywood’s Chinese Theater (and later, the Mondrian’s Sky Bar, ironically) for the preem of Warner Bros.’ “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.”
At the after-party, young ladies — including the fortunate offspring of a bevy of industryites — were free to roam outside by the Mondrian’s pool, pen and paper in hand in search of “Sisterhood” quartet Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera and Blake Lively.
Pic, a coming-of-age adaptation of Ann Brashares‘ book of the same name, concerns four teen best friends who share a magical pair of jeans that unites them when for the first time they are forced to separate.
When asked if she believes in magic, producer Denise Di Novi said: “I believe in the magic of friendship.”
Di Novi told Daily Variety the timing was just right for the pic, which bowed the next day.
“We’ve seen movies about mean girls, competitors, materialistic ones,” she said. “This is a film that speaks to the best of the best; where female friendships are exalted, not exploited.”
Fellow producer Debra Martin Chase was quick to comment that while the film celebrates female friendships, it’s still a “human picture with universal themes of grief and reconciliation.
“I don’t imagine any guy will of free will say, ‘I’m checking out the “Sisterhood” on Saturday night,’ but they will go as boyfriends, husbands, fathers and brothers, and some will give in to the messages and relate.”
Helmer Ken Kwapis jumped at the chance to direct the film. “I understand women,” he said with a smile. Kwapis also noted the paradox between his pic and weekend competish “Lords of Dogtown.” “It struck me this morning that I have the estrogen film and Catherine Hardwicke‘s got the testosterone. Imagine that.”