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2005 was an odd year. Not just in the sense that it ended in an odd number, but that it was a year that featured only a few stand-out films. For starters, there was no Pixar film and it featured the rebirth of the R-rated comedy. These are my favourite films from 2005 with my top two and then the rest in no particular order.
[*]Hustle & Flow
[*]Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
[*]The 40-Year-Old Virgin
[*]Kicking & Screaming
[*]The Devil's Rejects
[*]Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
[*]The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
[/LIST]The last one might throw a few people for a loop but, if you've seen the film you know it is much more than just about girls falling for boys and the drama that ensues. While that is a part of it, it's not the whole thing. The four leads are charismatic and charming as they deal with situations that more closely resemble real life than most films about teenage girls do. The standout segments come with America Ferrera and her soon to be remarried dad, played by Bradley Whitford (of "West Wing" fame). We watch her wrestle with being neglected by the man her father has now become and how she deals with being a girl of color with the white family her father is joining.
The girls deal with life, love, the reality of death and the struggle to fit in. Each story is presented as life and is rarely sensationalized which adds to its overall appeal. We see each girl struggle and overcome obstacles because of their, to use a word directly from the title, Sisterhood. The bond they share extends beyond borders as they are always there for each other. The film is often dismissed but if you give it a chance you might like it.