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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 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 »

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:

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 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

Cherry Jones, who played Ashley Judd's mother, was born in 1956. Judd was born in 1968. See more »

Goofs

When Sidda is talking on the phone to Conner in her bed, the blankets that cover her move about inconsistently between shots. See more »

Quotes

Younger Vivi: Don't look at me in that tone of voice!
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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days (2002) See more »

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Black Nights
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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: Not So Divine After All
29 November 2002 | by KFromageSee all my reviews

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood sounds like an interesting film with a juicy interesting plot to accompany it-But it's not. Instead, the plot is this: Budding playwright Siddalee Walker is interviewed by "Times" magazine. What she says gets taken out of context and is read by her mother, Viviane Abbott Walker, who promptly gets extremely upset. This takes place in the first 20 minutes or so. The rest of the almost 2 hour long movie consists of the mother's friends from childhood, the rest of the Ya-Ya gang explaining her mother's past to Sidalee, in an effort to get her to better understand her mother.

Since almost the entire movie is an explanation of the past, almost the entire movie takes place in flashbacks. These flashbacks were hard to understand for a few reasons. Number one, they never said who was who, other than to say who young Viviane was. This leaves the viewer left floundering as to who the other three young friends were supposed to be. The second problem with these flashbacks is that they weren't pieced together, and instead happened in what seemed to be a random order, not giving any mention to when they were supposed to take place. The viewer is, instead, supposed to accept the fact that Viviane just had a daughter, and in the next scene is about 13, and not even thinking about guys with whom she would want to have a daughter.

While in the commercials Divine Secrets appeared to be a comedic film, it was in reality far from it. Saundra delivered, to my count, one funny line in the entire film. The few other lines that might be considered humorous were delivered by Siddalee's fiance, Connor McGill, and only by him.

The movie had few saving graces. In fact, the only one worth mentioning is the acting. Had the acting been worse, this movie would never have gotten off the ground, and would never have grossed any money. The director, Callie Khouri, did what she could to work with the movie, but due to the poor quality of the screenplay, could not do much to save it. The screenplay writer, Mark Andrus, can not be entirely blamed for this travesty, seeing as how the movie was an adaptation of a novel written by Rebecca Wells. Overall, I would recommend that you do not see this movie and instead save your money for something interesting.


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