Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
Critic Consensus: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is more melodramatic than emotionally truthful, and uneven in its mixture of time periods, actresses, laughter and tears.
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Screenwriter Callie Khouri makes her directorial debut with this adaptation of a pair of popular novels by author Rebecca Wells, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Little Altars Everywhere. Sandra Bullock stars as Sidda Lee Walker, a New York playwright who opens a can of emotional worms with her estranged, boozy mother, Vivi (Ellen Burstyn), when she discusses her painful childhood and particularly Vivi's less-than-enviable mothering skills in a Time magazine article. The eccentric Louisiana drama queen Vivi has already been barred from her daughter's oft-delayed wedding to her fiancé, Connor (Angus Macfadyen), so the article sends her into a rage. Coming to the rescue of the relationship are Necie (Shirley Knight), Caro (Maggie Smith), and Teensy (Fionnula Flanagan), a trio of bickering women, who, along with Vivi, formed a secret society of feminist empowerment and friendship 60 years earlier that they dubbed the "Ya-Ya Sisterhood." The Ya-Yas kidnap Sidda and bring her home to Louisiana, where they reveal to Sidda via a carefully maintained scrapbook her mother's painful past (with Vivi portrayed in flashback by Ashley Judd), effecting a rapprochement between mother and daughter. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood also stars James Garner. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi … More
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as Younger Vivian
as Shep Walker
as Younger Caro
as Younger Teensy
as Younger Necie
as Little Vivi
as Little Caro
as Little Teensy
as Little Necie
as Younger Shep Walker
as Grandma Buggy
as Pete Abbott
as Taylor Abbott
as Older Willetta
as Pete Abbott
as Little Sidda
as Little Shep Jr.
as Aunt Louise
as James Jr.
as Dr. Beau Poche
as Mr. Whitman
as Officer Roscoe Jenki...
as Younger Chick
as Younger Chick
as Adult Shep Jr.
as Female Interviewer
as Stage Manager
as Confessional Priest
as Airplane Man
as Lyle Johnson
as Lady at Gas Station
as Pawn Broker
as Swing Band Singer
as Sister Solange
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Critic Reviews for Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
While there are pleasures to be had from watching so many grand actresses strut their stuff, the fact is that the overriding preoccupation here rests with surface impressions rather than psychological probity.
Better make the most of the first ten minutes of this execrable melodrama (directed by the scriptwriter of Thelma & Louise), because from then on it's the yackety-yack sisterhood in spades.
Sandra Bullock is great as Siddalee Walker, the angry and disgruntled woman who has a cross to bear with her mother and often exhibits the corky odd traits her mother does.
I heard something in the audience for Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood I don't hear often any more: the sound of middle-aged women laughing.
Audience Reviews for Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
this was a waste of time. it was well acted, but it was one of the slowest moving films i have ever seen.
Jumbled movie about people you have a hard time liking.
All female cast stars are fabulous and funny.
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Quotes
|Shep Walker:||You live with someone long enough, you can see what they're tryin' to hide by the way they try to hide it.|
|Necie:||I wish you could've known your momma back then, you've would loved her.|
|Sidda Lee Walker:||Necie, me not lovin' momma was never the problem.|
|Caro:||Her not lovin' you was never the problem either.|
|Shep Walker:||I think it can best be said... The road to hell is paved with good intentions.|
|Sidda Lee Walker:||Well, what about the road back? What's the paved with?|
|Caro:||What I'd give to know then I know now. And to still have those thighs!|
|Necie:||I'm sure they're still buried in there somewhere.|
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