An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with ... See full summary »
Siddalee, a famous New York playwright, is quoted in Time magazine and infuriates her dramatic, Southern mother. A long-distant fight wages until her mother's friends (and members of the Yaya Sisterhood) kidnap Siddalee and take her "home" to the South, where they hope to explain her mother's history and to patch up the rift between mother and daughter. Written by
Sometimes, one can only be wounded deeply by family, and only at home; and sometimes the only place to be healed is by family where the wounding happened.
That's the message I gather they tried to tell us in `Devine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,' the problem is, they didn't do a very good job. Even with the incredible talent arrayed for the film, there just wasn't enough emotion, oomph, and `family' to make this all worthwhile.
Clearly, a dysfunctional family trying to come to grips with a less than stellar past is an admirable topic, but `Sisterhood' didn't deliver. I went in wanting to like this movie. I left feeling dismayed that they couldn't pull it off.
I can only hope the book is much better, because if it isn't, then filming it would have been an incredible waste of time.
If only they had tried harder. Or maybe felt more. Or maybe even managed to make me care about who they are, what they have been through, and how they came out of it.
The problem is, they didn't seem to try, there was too much lack of empathy and emotion, and they utterly failed to make be care about them as people. But even with that, I can see that they truly wanted to make something wonderful. I wish I had gotten to see that instead.
I give it a `3' because a `4' is just out of reach, sadly; and a mediocre `5' would have been a marked improvement.
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