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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama | 7 June 2002 (USA)
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After years of mother-daughter tension, Siddalee receives a scrapbook detailing the wild adventures of the "Ya-Yas", her mother's girlhood friends.



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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 kzmckeown

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Mothers. Daughters. The never-ending story of good vs. evil. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, language, and brief sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 June 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Divinos secretos  »

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Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,167,412 (USA) (7 June 2002)


$69,586,544 (USA) (4 October 2002)

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Did You Know?


At the beginning the license plate on the car says Louisiana 1937 See more »


When Teensy blocks Vivi on the bridge, Vivi slams on the brakes, causing tire marks. Yet, when Vivi gets out of the car, we don't see any tire marks behind her on the road. See more »


Teensy: We'll leave you alone.
Caro: But we'll be listening from the kitchen, so talk loud.
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Referenced in Hope & Faith: The Un-Graduate (2003) See more »


Mood Indigo
Music and Lyrics by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, and Barney Bigard
Performed by Duke Ellington
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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23 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I liked this movie. I really did. Someone very close to me has a mother very much like this. It's reality folks, not everyone has a sensible loving mother that grasps the role of "motherhood" like a duck to water. Some people remain stuck in a selfish state where they blame everyone/thing else for all their unhappiness and the misdirection of their lives. I'm glad there's a movie that brought that subject to light. One user said the movie is celebrating an alcoholic, but that's untrue. You're watching a woman go further and further into a downward spiral of self-pitying despair and hatred for the events of her life. I also didn't find Vivi's mother to be evil, but she seemed to have been desperately trying to claim her role as a respectable wife. When your husband treats horses better than you, you get a little miffed. He dismissed her as his partner in life for a child she gave him, so the woman aimed her frustrations at her child, instead of her husband. At that time, what could she have really done to the husband? He would've beaten her most likely. I appreciated the fact that Vivi was flawed. Just humanly flawed and admitted it. It sucks that people have parents like this, but Sidda learned to deal with it in her own way. I'm glad it wasn't a typical reaction, like drugs or promiscuity. She just accepted her mother for what she is: flawed and screwed up. Motherhood doesn't make you unselfish and well-versed in letting go of your troubles. That's something you learn over time, and the movie showed that. It might take 40-odd years as it did them, or someone could get it the moment the child is born. What I got from the film is that your parents had dreams and nightmares before you came into the picture, and it takes a lot out of them to come to terms with being responsible for a life that they may or may not be ready for. I also really loved the part where Sidda begins to question her ability to be a good mother and wife. I think that resonated well. I certainly would start to wonder. Parents can screw up their kids easily I tell ya. It's not a responsibility to enter into lightly. I'm sure there were flaws like the accents of Louisiana and technical stuff, but altogether, the movie really reaches many levels.

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