With one of the most self-explanatory titles in history, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 is about a sisterhood of girls (Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively and Alexis Bledel) who travel around the world while sharing a pair of pants. Like its 2005 predecessor, the sequel is adapted from Ann Brashares’s best-selling novels.

The film, beautifully shot and filled with a delightful array of man candy (including a near nude appearance by newcomer Jesse Williams), starts out frothy and pleasant, like a cupcake, but soon the saccharine sweetness mixed with a heavy dose of after-school special preachiness becomes too cloying to stomach.

Grade: D (unless you’re a 12-year-old girl, then it’s a C+)

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 is currently in theaters.