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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.

Director:

Callie Khouri

Writers:

Rebecca Wells (novels), Mark Andrus (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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 Walker (Sandra Bullock), a famous New York City 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 Ya-Ya 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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Trivia

Gina McKee, who played the mother of Jack and the younger Teensy Melissa Whitman (Jacqueline McKenzie and Matthew Settle) is only three years older than her on-screen daughter and is only five years older than her on-screen son. See more »

Goofs

When Lulu runs into Vivi's room, Vivi checks her temperature and picks her up. Lulu then vomits onto Vivi's nightdress, but in the next frame, the nightdress is clean. 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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The last thing that appears when end credits are finished is the film's title. See more »

Connections

References History of the World: Part I (1981) See more »

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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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Wise, Witty, and Wonderful!
31 October 2002 | by cariartSee all my reviews

After all the hype and comparisons to 'Steel Magnolias', 'Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood', sadly, did not do much box office, which was a shame, as it is a more intimate, realistic vision of women and life-long friendships than the glossier 'Magnolias'.

Four girl friends in Louisiana create a secret sisterhood in 1937, swearing eternal devotion to each other, and they remain best friends through all the triumphs and tragedies in their lives. When the daughter of one of them (Sandra Bullock), a successful playright, has an interview with Time magazine in which she condemns her mother's impact on her life, the mother (Ellen Burstyn, who is superb!) goes ballistic, cutting the daughter out of her life, totally. In charges the other members of the Sisterhood, kidnapping Bullock, and attempting to make things right!

The film then jumps back and forth in time, with Ashley Judd playing the younger Burstyn. She has a lot of happy adventures with her Ya-Ya sisters, but also has to deal with racism, a jealous religious zealot of a mother, an overly loving father (David Rasche, breaking free of his usual comic roles), a true love who dies in WWII, and a family with a guy she 'settles' for (played, in present day, by the wonderful James Garner). There is also a dark secret that is the core of the mother/daughter alienation, which must be dealt with in order for the rift between Bullock and Burstyn to heal (No, I will NOT give it away!)

If you do the math about the years covered, you realize the present-day story SHOULD be taking place in the seventies, at the latest, but this doesn't hurt the overall effectiveness of the picture. As the other present-day sisters, Fionnula Flanagan, Shirley Knight, and (especially) Maggie Smith are WONDERFUL, as is Angus MacFadyen, as Bullock's sympathetic and likable fiance.

While this is unabashedly a 'chick flick', something I really liked was that they DIDN'T fall back on that old chestnut of somebody dying to serve as a convenient catalyst for change and the healing process. And the dialog is full of wickedly hilarious one-liners about men, alcohol, friendship, and growing old!

Don't miss this gem!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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

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2.39 : 1
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