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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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Callie Khouri

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Rebecca Wells (novels), Mark Andrus (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Bullock ... Sidda
Ellen Burstyn ... Vivi
Fionnula Flanagan ... Teensy
James Garner ... Shep Walker
Cherry Jones ... Buggy
Ashley Judd ... Younger Vivi
Shirley Knight ... Necie
Angus Macfadyen ... Connor
Maggie Smith ... Caro
Jacqueline McKenzie ... Younger Teensy
Katy Selverstone ... Younger Caro
Kiersten Warren ... Younger Necie
David Lee Smith ... Younger Shep Walker
Gina McKee ... Genevieve
Matthew Settle ... Jack
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Storyline

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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Divinos secretos See more »

Filming Locations:

Burgaw, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,167,412, 9 June 2002

Gross USA:

$69,599,016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,839,240
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Sandra Bullock and Ashley Judd had previously co-starred in A Time to Kill but had no scenes together in that film. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Vivi: Did I ruin your life?
Shepard James 'Shep' Walker: I always thought the story was I'd ruined yours.
Vivi: I think that may be another of the many lies I've told myself along the way.
Shepard James 'Shep' Walker: Vivi, you've made it interesting.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Ashton Kutcher/Gwen Stefani (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Mood Indigo
(1931)
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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A crying shame
12 May 2004 | by lizzieloo21See 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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