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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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The Secret Is Out See more »

Genres:

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, Wide Release

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

Teensy, Necie, Vivi and Caro are arrested after Vivi and Caro take off their tops in Teensy's convertible. The girls spent the night in jail. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, there is a shot of the Belasco Theatre in New York, where Sidalee's play is about to start performances. The Main marquee and windows on the theatre display the marquee for her play. However, one of the marquees over the entrance has a general marquee that reads "See a Broadway show just for the fun of it!". The Shubert Organization (which owns the theatre) only uses these generic marquees in a theatre that is currently empty and no upcoming show is booked into it. This marquee would never appear on a theatre that is in previews/has a show about to open. See more »

Quotes

Sidda: Daddy, did you get loved enough?
Shepard James 'Shep' Walker: What's enough? My question is, did you?
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Referenced in Hope & Faith: The Un-Graduate (2003) See more »

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C'est Si Triste
Traditional, Arranged by Ann Savoy and T Bone Burnett
Produced by T Bone Burnett
Performed by Ann Savoy
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An unforgettable celebration of friendship
19 August 2003 | by mniehansSee all my reviews

"I'm not O.K. and you're not O.K. and that's O.K." That's one of the messages of this funny, profound, honest film. The flawed humanity of its characters stands alongside the transcendent miracle of friendship.

Young Siddalee Walker (played with passion and humor by Sandra Bullock) has made it as a playwright in New York. She has been successful in starting an entirely new life, in the process gaining distance from her alcoholic, mercurial mother back in Louisiana. She has escaped -- or has she? Something makes her send a postcard home by giving an interview to Time Magazine in which she attributes her creativity to the mistreatment she suffered as a child. That serves as a call to action for her mother's lifelong friends (Fionnula Flanagan, Shirley Knight, and the incomparable Maggie Smith, wheeling an oxygen tank). It seems likely at this point that Siddalee's mother Vivi (Ellen Burstyn) will go to her grave without ever speaking to her beloved daughter again. Drastic action is called for, and these three ladies are no frail blossoms.

They kidnap Siddalee, bring her to a backwoods cottage in Louisiana, and set about the task of helping both mother and daughter to remember that growth comes from acknowledging connections, not severing them. They are aided in this task by an ornate scrapbook that the four of them kept of their youthful adventures as the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

The members of this sisterhood do not turn a blind eye to each other's shortcomings. In one of the film's many poignant moments, Siddalee does a cruel impersonation of her mother. As the audience readies itself for Vivi's friends to rush to her defense, one of them (Maggie Smith, of course) says dryly, "She's got her pegged all right." These women, who are about as far from perfect as the cottage in Louisiana is from New York, dare to love each other with eyes wide open.

Flanagan, Knight, and Smith are delightful as Vivi's three friends, and James Garner contributes a fine performance as the quiet, forbearing husband and father. Most memorable of all is the wounded beauty of Ellen Burstyn as the tempestuous Vivi, who has grown up with two kinds of savagery --- the naked brutality of her father and the merciless piety of her mother. Through the whole film shines the keen emotional intelligence of director Callie Khouri.

This film is a masterpiece that should not be missed.


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