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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, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements, language, and brief sensuality)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Callie Khouri, Mark Andrus
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 5, 2002
Box Office: $69.5M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Sandra Bullock
as Siddalee Walker
Ellen Burstyn
as Vivian Jane Abbott `...
Ashley Judd
as Younger Vivian
James Garner
as Shep Walker
Katy Selverstone
as Younger Caro
Jacqueline McKenzie
as Younger Teensy
Kiersten Warren
as Younger Necie
Caitlin Wachs
as Little Vivi
Alyssa May Gold
as Little Teensy
Nicki Tschudi
as Little Necie
David Lee Smith
as Younger Shep Walker
Cherry Jones
as Grandma Buggy
Frederick Koehler
as Pete Abbott
Gina McKee
as Genevieve
David Rasche
as Taylor Abbott
Leslie Silva
as Willetta
as Older Willetta
Ron Dortch
as Chaney
Fred Koehler
as Pete Abbott
Allison Bertolino
as Little Sidda
Austin R. Cooper
as Little Shep Jr.
Deborah Hobart
as Aunt Louise
Clint Lienau
as James Jr.
David Bridgewater
as Dr. Beau Poche
Veda Wilson
as Shirley
Mark Joy
as Mr. Whitman
Michael Mattison
as Officer Roscoe Jenki...
Gillian Johnson
as Younger Chick
Gil Johnson
as Younger Chick
Boyd Kestner
as Adult Shep Jr.
Barbara Weetman
as Female Interviewer
Suellen Yates
as Stage Manager
Don Baker
as Confessional Priest
E. Michael Hewett
as Airplane Man
Mark Jeffrey Miller
as Lyle Johnson
Nina Repeta
as Lady at Gas Station
Michael Moyer
as Pawn Broker
Taj Mahal
as Swing Band Singer
Ursula Burton
as Sister Solange
Ann Savoy
as Chanteuse
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Critic Reviews for Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

All Critics (145) | Top Critics (37)

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.

Full Review… | September 5, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Chick flick for mom; teens may not enjoy it.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

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.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

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.

Full Review… | July 30, 2007

...if you plan on having a man watch this film with you, do him a favor...and don't.

Full Review… | December 31, 2005

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.

danny d

Super Reviewer


Jumbled movie about people you have a hard time liking.

Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer


All female cast stars are fabulous and funny.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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