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

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7 June 2002 (USA)  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$199,958 (South Africa) (1 November 2002)
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Gina McKee, who played the mother of Jack Whitman (Matthew Settle) is only five years older than her on-screen son. Several of the cast members (Fionnula Flanagan, Gina McKee, and Angus Macfadyen) were born outside of the US, although they were supposed to be portraying Americans from the American south. Macfadyen was not portraying a southerner. See more »

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When Vivi, Caro, and Teensy are in the tub, Vivi's hair is in/out of the tub between shots. See more »

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Shepard James 'Shep' Walker: I think it can best be said... The road to hell is paved with good intentions."
Sidda: Well, what about the road back? What's that paved with?
Shepard James 'Shep' Walker: Humility.
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A crying shame
12 May 2004 | by (Ithaca, NY) – See all my reviews

What a shame!!! This is the worst excuse for an adaptation of a novel I have ever seen. Nothing is explained about Siddalee, Shep, Vivi, the Ya-Yas, the younger siblings, Buggy, etc. No one will understand fully the anguish that the children went through as children or the anguish that Vivi went through in her own childhood. Shortcuts were taken left and right in this film, much to the detriment of the storyline. For instance, Shep is not a living saint, Vivi did not simply beat her children because of dexamyl, Teensy's mother is barely mentioned, Vivi's stay at the boarding school was left out, and where is Aunt Jezie, grownup Lulu, Little Shep, and Baylor? I realize that it was a two hour film, but an adaptation should never have been attempted if it wasn't going to be done faithfully. Everything in this film was explained away too easily. Sidda needed much more than a sob story about her mother's loss and use of dexamyl to explain her behavior. Too easy, too simple, too cheesy. No one could possibly come away with a clear understanding and resolution of the plot.

My recommendation: SKIP IT and read the fabulous books this was supposedly based on: Little Altars Everywhere and The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya sisterhood.


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