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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama | 7 June 2002 (USA)
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 »

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

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$69,586,544 (USA) (4 October 2002)
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Several of the cast members (Fionnula Flanagan, Gina McKee, and Maggie Smith) were born outside of the US, although they were supposed to be portraying Americans from the American south. See more »

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When old Vivi knocks on old Shep's door and subsequently they hug, their positions change between shots. See more »

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Teensy: [to Sidda] Honey, I think the reason she stayed distant was because she never trusted herself again. She didn't think she deserved you.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Lonely Avenue
(1958)
Music and Lyrics by Doc Pomus
Performed by Ray Charles
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A Profoundly Serious Movie
8 December 2005 | by (Victoria, BC. Canada) – See all my reviews

Despite its silly title, which just refers to a childhood game, this is a profoundly serious movie about reconciliation.

It spans three generations of women, tormented by religion and mental breakdown. It explores three generations of mother-daughter relationships.

This would be a great movie for any child of an abusive mother.

Siddalee, the Sandra Bullock character, gradually comes to understand her grandmother and mother and is thus gradually able to forgive them.

It is a frustrating movie. I found myself demanding the plot bound along with series of Hollywood contrivances, but it meanders and backtracks, tantalising then not delivering, much like real life.

The unbearably aching mood of reconciliation and nostalgia gradually develops, partly due to the long suffering, ever-loving Shep Walker (James Garner in a low-profile role quite unlike the ones he normally plays), and Connor (Angus Macfadyen), Siddalee's ever-patient Irish boyfriend.

Maggie Smith is in it, reason enough to watch it.

The movie recreates the south in lush Technicolor over three generations, a visual feast.

If you are embarrassed to cry in public, make sure to watch this alone.


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