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Like mother like daughter. Neither a hard-as-nails new york playwright nor her flaky louisiana mother will take steps to mend their long-time rift. No this is a job for the ya-ya sisterhood sworn lifelong friends who stage and outlandish interventions to bring daughter and mother together. Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 09/26/2006 Starring: Sandra Bullock Ellen Burstyn Run time: 116 minutes Rating: Pg13 Director: Callie Khouri

Grab your tissues and send the guys away, because Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is the most pedigreed chick flick since Steel Magnolias. You can tell by the title and the novelish names of the Louisiana ladies from Rebecca Wells's precious bestseller. First there's Sidda (Sandra Bullock), a successful playwright still wrestling with her manipulative mother, Vivi (Ellen Burstyn), after a traumatic upbringing. Then there's longtime friends Teensy (Fionnula Flanagan), Necie (Shirley Knight), and Caro (scene-stealer Maggie Smith), from Vivi's secret club of "Ya-Ya Priestesses," together since childhood and determined to heal the rift between Sidda and her mom. Through an ambitious flashback structure (including Ashley Judd as the younger Vivi), screenwriter and first-time director Callie Khouri (who wrote Thelma & Louise) establishes a rich context for this mother-daughter reunion. There's plenty of humor to temper the drama, which inspires Bullock's best work in years. Definitely worth a look for the curious, but only fans of Wells's fiction will feel any twinge of loyalty. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews:

  • More than just a comedy.
    The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a great and deeply moving mother and daughter film. First of all, Ellen Burstyn and Sandra Bullock have great and exciting chemistry as the bickering mother and daughter. Ashley Judd plays Burstyn's character as the film travels back in time, and boy Judd's acting is brilliant and don't say that often about her. This is the kind of role that is perfect for her, her character has depth. This movie is the best chick-flick I have come across in awhile. I highly recommend checking these crazy Ya-Ya's out. Enjoy!...more info
  • We have a winner ...
    Our house has the competition to find the worst movie on earth and boy we have seen some poor movies. This one is not the worst however, as Camilla just cannot be beat for that. But this is pretty awful. Great cast, nice premise, but over indulgent directing. Cut 20 to 30 minutes out, make this film move and you'd have a winner, because it does have smart, funny and poignant moments.

    Slow, ponderous, turgid are words that come to mind....more info

  • Was okay
    It is definitely a girl movie. I saw it and thought it was simply cute and somewhat touching. Predictable? yes. Some people compare it to Steel Magnolias but, I still think Steel Magnolias is lot better. Had more drama and was definitely a tear jerker. This Ya Ya movie was kind of blah. No drama or excitement. It was very quiet....more info
  • Didn't like it much, but has some good things...
    Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a chick flick, for sure. I didn't like it much, but I think that's because I'm a man. Women I know who have seen this movie liked it a little more that I did (my mom, for example). On the other hand, I also know women who didn't like this film. Now I'll talk about the film itself.

    Ellen Burstyn stars as Vivi Walker, mother of magazine article writer Sidda Walker (Sandra Bullock). Sidda writes an article how she didn't like her childhood and blames her mother. Vivi reads the article, and refuses to speak to her daughter. Vivi's three friends Teensy (Fionnula Flanagan), Necie (Shirley Knight), and Caro (Maggie Smith) notice that she isn't acting like herself and when they found out what happened, they beg Sidda to come down and make peace with her mother. Upon her arrival, the three friends reveal to Sidda about the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, a life long band formed by the three friends and Vivi when they were children. They promised that they would be blood sisters or something like that, I don't remember very well. Along with this story, we flash back to Sidda when she was a child and see her relationship with her mother (played in these scenes by Ashley Judd). James Garner costars as Vivi's husband, but he's a very small part of the movie.

    I liked some of the acting, particularly Maggie Smith and Sandra Bullock, and the film tells a story worth telling, but some problems drag it down. First, during the flashback scenes, I noticed that Sidda had a few brothers and sisters. However, in the present scenes, they're no where to be found. I admit that the movie is mainly about the relationship of Vivi and Sidda, but considering what happens in the flashback scenes (which I won't reveal), It would have been more plausible if we found out about the siblings now that they've grown up. Also, for me, the movie went on too long. The film is two hours long, but it feels more like it's four hours. Lastly, I thought that the Ellen Burstyn character was kind of a disappointment. Burstyn was much better and more convincing in Requiem For A Dream (2000), which she got a Best Actress nomination for.

    So, I didn't hate this movie, but it didn't work for me. I think I didn't like it because I'm a man. I have nothing against "chick flicks". I think that some overcome the "only women will enjoy it" thinking such as Emma (1996), Kate And Leopold (2001), The Evening Star (1996), and arguably the best example, Gone With The Wind (1939). Ya-Ya doesn't cross that line. I know that women will enjoy it much more than men. I'm thinking some men would compare viewing this movie to medieval torture. Even though I didn't like it, I didn't think about it like that. To prove my point, I'm going to quote a couple I saw in the video store, trying to pick a movie out. The woman saw Ya-Ya on the shelf.

    Woman: Oh, look. Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood. I wanted to see that.
    Man: You can see that one by yourself, I'm not going to see it.

    I at least was willing to see this film. Women will most likely enjoy it, most men probably won't, but I could be wrong.

    2 Stars out of 4 Stars...more info

  • Best Buy, Great Service
    I couldn't beat the price or the service. I will purchase all my movie orders this way from now on. This was my first time ordering movies online and don't know why I didn't do this years ago. Very happy!...more info
  • A Cajun woman, reminiscing biographically of her highs and lows
    DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA YA SISTERHOOD, is a movie that
    will appeal mainly to young kids, and those who are
    typically fans of so-called chick flicks. Not everyone is
    a disciple, as demonstrated by a recent tongue in cheek
    joke made on the Daily Show With Jon Stewart.

    Here, Ashley Judd reprises once more her type-cast role of
    someone having a delinquent side to her personality, (as
    also seen in several other movies in which she's a
    protagonist), and does a fine job in playing the role of
    a woman, reminiscing biographically of the highs and lows
    of her life, when her own daughter decides to get married
    and and enter an adulthood of her own. James Garner is
    credible, and charismatic, now as the elder statesman, who
    gives away the bride to the groom.

    The cast is well chosen, in my view, and the film's
    strength is mainly its originality, although it's highest
    challenge at the same time, is to make a biographical
    tale, that is highly personal, of any interest to the public
    at large. This objective was met, otherwise this film would
    not have been made.

    Therefore, the viewer is provided a vision to
    someone's life story, with Sandra Bullock playing the
    modern, perhaps plastic woman who is confronted with the
    values, traditions of another age and era, as represented by
    her Mother and her friends who themselves have their own Ya
    Ya "inner joke" since childhood,. She has to deal with
    that, in view of reestablishing a relationship with own
    family, that for many years had grown distant, cold and
    confrontational. Finally, Bobby Dylan wraps the movie,
    with his own number, tying his own folk image to the
    Mardi Gras, and Cajun folk culture put forth in this movie
    too.

    I would have given this 1 star, perhaps, but given the
    realistic elements of this movie, the moderation of the
    dialog (that doesn't pain too much the viewers), and the crisp
    images of Louisiana, and the outdoors, the sincerity of
    the actors, and quality of the acting, I had to raise it a
    notch to 2 stars.
    ...more info
  • Movies
    This is one of my favorite movies. I may be a little biased because I had grandparents that remind me of many of the characters, but this movies is great.
    The actors are perfect in each role and watching it more than once brings out details you don't notice before.
    An excellent movie. ...more info
  • Super movie
    Moms and kids, good and evil. I saw the tail end of this movie on TV, it seemed a good movie to me. Wonderful cast....more info
  • Poor Ms. Wells
    After reading Rebecca Wells' book of the same name I was very excited to see how the book came to life on screen. I totally adored this book and have read it more than once. This weekend I watched the movie and I can't believe how horrible it was. How could Ms. Wells allow Hollywood to slaughter such a DIVINE book. It was boring, slow moving and inaccurate to the book. They changed alot and completely added some things. For example, the ending where Sidda becomes a Ya-Ya, this NEVER happened and if you read the book you would understand that this would not have been an option for Sidda. Also, Sidda and Vivi did NOT go for a ride in an airplane. This scene in the book took place at a new shopping center where they were giving rides on an elephant. Sidda was afraid of the elephant, NOT of an airplane. Now, I understand that things need to be changed to make it easier to understand on film but this was going over bored. Why would they want to take such a wonderful book and so completely wreck it? I have lost respect for Rebecca Wells for allowing this....more info
  • What A Great Cast!
    I really love this movie. The first time I watched it, I did have a little trouble keeping track with the which of the younger characters represented which of the older characters. However, if you go to the Internet Movie Database found easily on Google, you can look up this movie and learn the names of each character ahead of time and it will help. But even if you don't, your knowing which of the supporting characters is which is not crucial. (And maybe I'm just daft!) This movie is very enjoyable especially if you've ever known anyone who had a strained mother-daughter relationship or if you especially enjoy true female commraderie. I especially like the ending with the mother-daughter, and watching all the women interact with one another as lifelong best friends. Not for young kids due to some violence and some alcohol/drug abuse. ...more info
  • mothers and daughters
    Roger Ebert hated this movie, but I liked it as a story of the young woman Sidda (Sandra Bullock) who comes to grips with her strained relationship with her mother through the help of her mother's three lifelong friends....more info
  • Great Movie!
    When I saw the previews, I wasn't interested, but I ended up seeing it one day because there was nothing better to do...and I loved it!!! I bought a copy, and read the books! It's a little dark, and a lot funny! Great for mothers and daughters....more info
  • THERE IS NOTHING DIVINE ABOUT IT...
    This is a film about mother/daughter relationships and about unconditional love. Despite being marked by fine performances, the film never really grabs the viewer, at least, not this viewer. While moderately enjoyable, I found the film to fall a little flat, as the whole Ya-Ya thing left me cold, finding it all a bit silly.

    Not having read the book of the same name upon which the film is based, I had no frame of reference. Judging strictly on the merits of the film, I found that it has its ups and downs. The name of the film is apparently derived from a childhood club to which a group of lifelong friends belonged as children in which they were all Ya-Ya priestesses. These friends, of which Vivi (Ellyn Burstyn) is at the center of this story, are all trying to reconcile Vivi to her daughter Sidda (Sandra Bullock). The friends, as well as Vivi, are all aging southern belles from Louisiana. Sidda, however, has moved North, where she is a budding, successful playwright.

    Sidda had a traumatic childhood, as her mother is a mercurial woman with a drinking problem. It seems that Vivi never got over losing her childhood sweetheart during the war. She married another man, Shep Walker (James Garner), Sidda's father and a man who has loved Vivi unconditionally throughout their entire married life, and proceeded to put her husband and their children through a living hell. Still, Vivi and Sidda manage to plod along as so many mothers and daughters do, until Vivi goes too far and Sidda decides that enough is enough.

    The story of Vivi, Sidda, and Shep is told in flashbacks, which provide the most interesting parts of the movie. Ashley Judd is simply sensational as the young Vivi, and she outshines all the film and stage veterans in this film, infusing the role with a gritty reality. David Lee Smith is very good as the hunky young Shep, the husband who tries to understand a mercurial wife who has become unbalanced by her longing for what could never be.

    Ellen Burstyn as the senior Vivi is not as compelling as the younger one portrayed by Ashley Judd. The senior Vivi comes across as a silly, petulant, spoiled, self-absorbed woman who needs a good swift kick in the butt. Consequently, the viewer cares very little for what happens to her, even though she is eventually reconciled to her daughter and comes to appreciate her patient, selfless husband.

    Maggie Smith, Fionnula Flanagan, and Shirley Knight are all very good as Vivi's lifelong friends, though Ms. Smith occasionally seems to have a bit of difficulty suppressing her British accent. They inject a touch of humor into their attempts to reconcile the estranged Vivi and Sidda, which is a good counterpoint to the underlying pathos of the film. Sandra Bullock is also excellent as the fed up Sidda, who has said that enough is enough. As in all her film, she charms the viewer. James Garner is wonderful as Vivi's long suffering husband, who comes to be appreciated by Vivi only at the end.

    Unfortunately, the director appears to have striven for mawkishness. Consequently, the ending of this film is enough to make one gag, as Sidda is inducted into the Ya-Ya sisterhood. This alone is enough for me to counsel viewers to rent, and not buy, this film....more info

  • Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
    Anyone who has ever been a sister, mother or daughter will love this movie! Great acting all around....more info
  • An unforgettable celebration of friendship
    "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....more info

  • good
    I was thrown off in the beginning after having just read the book, but when I realized that it was not supposed to be like the book, then it was better the second time I watched it....more info
  • I MUSTA MISSED SOMETHING
    YA YA YA YA YA I GET IT BUT WHAT SECRETS? THE MOCIE NEVER REVEALS THE SECRETS ITS PISSES ME OFF@!...more info
  • Mother Dearest....
    A Southern woman's inner demons and battles with the bottle cloud her daughter's happiness. When an unflattering New York Times review portrays Sidalee's mother Viv as a child abuser, a rift in the relationship takes an awful turn. To the rescue are Viv's childhood friends who want to help Sidalee understand the dark pangs of her mother's life so she can see beyond her own guilt. A tear jerker just like Steel Magnolias....more info
  • Didn't like it much, but has some good things...
    Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a chick flick, for sure. I didn't like it much, but I think that's because I'm a man. Women I know who have seen this movie liked it a little more that I did (my mom, for example). On the other hand, I also know women who didn't like this film. Now I'll talk about the film itself.

    Ellen Burstyn stars as Vivi Walker, mother of magazine article writer Sidda Walker (Sandra Bullock). Sidda writes an article how she didn't like her childhood and blames her mother. Vivi reads the article, and refuses to speak to her daughter. Vivi's three friends Teensy (Fionnula Flanagan), Necie (Shirley Knight), and Caro (Maggie Smith) notice that she isn't acting like herself and when they found out what happened, they beg Sidda to come down and make peace with her mother. Upon her arrival, the three friends reveal to Sidda about the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, a life long band formed by the three friends and Vivi when they were children. They promised that they would be blood sisters or something like that, I don't remember very well. Along with this story, we flash back to Sidda when she was a child and see her relationship with her mother (played in these scenes by Ashley Judd). James Garner costars as Vivi's husband, but he's a very small part of the movie.

    I liked some of the acting, particularly Maggie Smith and Sandra Bullock, and the film tells a story worth telling, but some problems drag it down. First, during the flashback scenes, I noticed that Sidda had a few brothers and sisters. However, in the present scenes, they're no where to be found. I admit that the movie is mainly about the relationship of Vivi and Sidda, but considering what happens in the flashback scenes (which I won't reveal), It would have been more plausible if we found out about the siblings now that they've grown up. Also, for me, the movie went on too long. The film is two hours long, but it feels more like it's four hours. Lastly, I thought that the Ellen Burstyn character was kind of a disappointment. Burstyn was much better and more convincing in Requiem For A Dream (2000), which she got a Best Actress nomination for.

    So, I didn't hate this movie, but it didn't work for me. I think I didn't like it because I'm a man. I have nothing against "chick flicks". I think that some overcome the "only women will enjoy it" thinking such as Emma (1996), Kate And Leopold (2001), The Evening Star (1996), and arguably the best example, Gone With The Wind (1939). Ya-Ya doesn't cross that line. I know that women will enjoy it much more than men. I'm thinking some men would compare viewing this movie to medieval torture. Even though I didn't like it, I didn't think about it like that. To prove my point, I'm going to quote a couple I saw in the video store, trying to pick a movie out. The woman saw Ya-Ya on the shelf.

    Woman: Oh, look. Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood. I wanted to see that.
    Man: You can see that one by yourself, I'm not going to see it.

    I at least was willing to see this film. Women will most likely enjoy it, most men probably won't, but I could be wrong.

    2 Stars out of 4 Stars...more info

  • Little Altars Everywhere
    I avoided this movie for a long time because it was sold as a feel good mother-daughter movie. I was pleasantly surprised, and crying my eyes out, when I discovered that it was a dramatic look at how mothers can screw up their daughters. If you have a mother who you blame for your unhappiness, watch this movie and get a better understanding of how someone screwed up her life. Also, the Ya-Yas are some kind of Southern coven with altars and incantations....more info
  • Shoot me
    The most boring movie of the year. Horrible. Men beware....more info
  • Pretty good chick flick
    This isn't bad for chick flick. Sandra Bullock and James Gardner were really good in this movie. Maggie Smith was pretty funny as Caro, the friend. It's a touching story to watch. It's also very moving too. ...more info
  • Divine Movies and this is one of the best
    STORY: Siddalee Walker (Sandra Bullock) is a playwriter that has an estranged mother Vivianne (Ellen Burtsyn). When Vivi's best friends the Ya-Ya's drug Sidda and kidnap her the young woman learns more about her mother's past and knows that she was wrong all this time.
    RATING: PG-13 for Language, Situations and Partal Nudity.
    FAVORTIE YA-YA:Teensy I adored her from teh first time I saw her the reason why Teensy is my favortie Ya-Ya sister is because she was cute when she was little she was gorgeous when she was older and she managed to keep her looks good.
    QUOTES FROM MY FAVORTIE YA-YA: I had swore to Jack I would never tell a soul Mama got angry at daddy for letting the word out and he swore to and now daddy is in the doghouse- Older Teensy Well don't you worry Vivi I'll get you're ring back even if I have to steal it from you're own flesh and blood- Yougner Teensy Yes, you're best friends kidnap you're daughter and turend her into a zombie and she has turn against you - Teensy I recommend you let go of Vivi right now or I'll give that priss pot what he diserves- Yougner Teensy
    OUTCOME: I love this movie and I love Teensy I have to suffer watching it on T.V until I own it but so far so good I think this will stay my favortie Comedy from years to come. My children willl love this movie as much as I do I hope....more info
  • Full price for a used DVD?!?
    I purchased this DVD from the site (not another seller) last month. When it arrived I realized that there was no way that the DVD was new. It was tapped closed (not with normal security tape) and when I tried to remove the tape it ripped the whole cover off. Then, when I got the package open the plastic prongs that hold the DVD in place were broken and the DVD was scratched. So, I am really happy that I paid full price for an obviously used item. Thanks! The only reason I am giving 2 stars it because I love the movie....more info
  • Go Ya Yas!
    While the books do give more detail I have to agree with one of the above reviewers. I think that the movie was a lot more explanatory and didn't seem to drag on as much as the novels did. As far as the acting goes, I think they all did a pretty fair job esepcially Maggie Smith who had me laughing everytime she was on the screen. The other actor who I thought stood out the most was James Garner. I loved his interpretation of Shep, the father of Sidda yet lonely husband of Vivi. The movie makes me glued to my seat everytime so much so that I don't like to miss a minute. I would definetely recommend this "chick flick" to any woman who has had a difficult relationship with their mother over the years because it show us grownup women that in reality our mothers are not perfect and just women like us....more info
  • A chick flick, but.....
    Actually a pretty good movie. Watch it with your lady and she will be melting into your arms by movies end....more info
  • Surprisingly not too bad
    Summary:
    Siddalee 'Sidda' Walker (Sandra Bullock) is a successful playwright in New York whose mother, Viviane 'Vivi' Abbott Walker (Ellen Burstyn - older; Ashley Judd - younger), has left some very deep, emotional scars on her. When Sidda happens to reveal some of these emotional scars to a Time magazine correspondent who later publishes them, Vivi is deeply offended and cuts off contact with her daughter. It then becomes the responsiblity of Vivi's group of friends, the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (Shirley Knight, Maggie Smith, Fionnula Flanagan), to intervene and bring Sidda and Vivi back together before Sidda's wedding to Connor McGill (Angus MacFadyen).

    In order to bring the two back together, the Ya-Yas (as they call themselves) go to New York, kidnap Sidda, and bring her back to Louisiana. They then keep her quasi locked up while she is forced to experience the history of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood through their record book. Along with the pictures in the book, the Ya-Yas tell her stories, leading up to the climactic story of when Vivi had a nervous breakdown, nearly killed her kids, including Sidda and her siblings, and ultimately ended up in a mental hospital. Apparently Siddha was unaware of a lot of what was going on and, as a result, has held deep seated resentments toward her mother for a long time.

    Eventually Siddha and Vivi are able to come to grips with what has happened. Siddha realizes that her mother wasn't perfect and Vivi admits to not being perfect. Having found some resolution to the emotional turmoil that has upset them for so long they are finally able to let the past go and love each other once again.

    My Comments:
    I went into this movie thinking that it was going to be a 'chick-flick' that I wasn't going to like. I came out regretting my initial sentiments.

    The story itself is really pretty simple. The hardest part, perhaps, is just making sure that all of the flashbacks fit into the present. There are a few places where things don't make a lot of sense and some additional information would have been useful, like, for instance, more information on Vivi's family - Why her mother hated her and why her father loved her so much? It also would have been nice to have more information on why Vivi ended up marrying Shepherd 'Shep' Walker (James Garner - older; David Lee Smith - younger). Without really understanding the backstory to Vivi it is a bit hard to understand why she had the nervous breakdown, but I don't know that you can ever fully explain why someone had one - you can just start to come to grips with the fact that it happened and the ramifications of it. So, despite not having all of the information I would have liked to Vivi's backstory, the story was pretty good. The only other thing I think I should mention is that it would also have been nice to see how this blow-up between Siddha and Vivi affected Siddha's siblings. Even though she was the oldest, they were all probably old enough to remember at least some of the things that happened (this may be addressed in the book).

    As for the acting, I was very impressed. I've never really thought Sandra Bullock was a great actress. So, when I saw that she was the main character in this film, or at least, was supposed to be, I was a bit worried. Well, she was okay, but she really isn't the actress to watch. Ashley Judd is the one who really has to push the limits of her acting ability and she does a great job. I think Ashley Judd has a lot of talent and was a very convincing younger Vivi, including the time during the emotional breakdown. The older Ya-Yas were also very good. Whenever they were on screen they pretty much stole the show from everyone else which, again, I can't say I minded because I'm not a huge fan of Sandra Bullock. The one person who I wish would have had more screen time but did great with what he had was James Garner, who truly did a great job of playing the role of a saintly husband who put up with a lot.

    Overall, I surprised myself by finding ways to relate with this film. I would suspect that pretty much every child holds some resentments towards their parents. I know this is a bit Freudian, but those feelings can later emerge as relevant to people's attitudes towards their parents and life in general. I think this movie (which is based on a book) does a great job of dealing with those issues and illustrating how devastating they really can be. I highly doubt that any parent can prevent their kids from having issues with them, but this does give a good example of how those issues can be addressed at a later point, when both are adults and able to better understand how one's actions affected the other. Maybe I'm reading too much into the movie and all of this psycho-babble Freudian analysis isn't really there, but I think it is. Anyway, it is a movie that tugs on the heart strings, but I think most people can relate to the reasons why. Because of that I would recommend this movie for pretty much anyone that has a mother, which means everyone (whether you know who she is/was or not)....more info

  • Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
    I truly enjoyed watching this movie. The character were truly
    dimensional.

    The product was GREAT....more info
  • Not divine
    I've had the book for a few months now, and bought it purely because it had Sandra Bullock on the cover, and not because I'd heard of the film. Then I found I couldn't get into the book, so it's been sitting in my bookcase. And then I came across the film on sale and bought it.

    I did enjoy this film, don't get me wrong, but the flashbacks annoyed me. There was no indication of when the flashbacks were coming, and suddenly you're catapulted back 20-30 years, and you're completely lost. The characters also aren't introduced properly, and you're confused in the flashbacks, and can't make the connection between the young Ya-Yas and the old Ya-Yas. Sandra Bullock's character gets pushed to the forefront, leaving the others to wallow behind her. Perhaps not one of her best known films (despite only being from last year, and I can't remember it being publicised), but she gives a strong performance in it.

    Another of my fave actresses just has to be Maggie Smith. And she's an absolute GEM in this film!

    Everyone says this is a chick-flick, but it seems too tedious to be a chick-flick. I couldn't even sit through some of the extras, and I love watching extras!

    Only buy this if you really have to. I would watch it again, but its definitely not amongst my favourite Sandra Bullock films....more info

  • Hokey, phony, dumb....really awful
    This was terrible. Steel Magnolias was a "chick flick" but it has some good humor and was a nice film to watch. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood makes Steel Magnolias look like The Godfather. The only redeeming part of this film was Ashley Judd, who is the young Ellen Burstyn in flashbacks. Those scenes are nicely handled, not too sentimental, and have some depth. Judd was great. The rest of this film is so transparent, so phony, and so completely hokey and stupid that you just want to barf. No one had anywhere near an authentic Southern accent and the lines were terrible. I find it hard to believe some of this surprisingly stellar cast could keep a straight face during some of these scenes. It is not even particularly funny to make fun of because the characters (apart from Judd) are so annoying and grating that you just want a serial killer to make an appearance in the script and off them all.
    If you thought Steel Magnolias was one of the best, deepest movies you have ever seen, you might be able to gag this down for two hours, but otherwise, STAY AWAY!...more info
  • Not really a review, but I had to get this out of my system.
    I tried to read the book when it first came out several years ago. I got about one-third of the way through it before giving up and donating it to the church rummage sale. Hated it. Wouldn't watch this movie on a bet.

    The appeal of the whole thing escapes me. Maybe a lot of women approach it (mistakenly) thinking it's some kind of life-affirming sisterhood female bonding thing.

    It showed up in my recommendations for some reason, that's what set off this rant. Thanks for letting me vent my spleen. I would've rated it zero stars, but that doesn't appear to be an option....more info

  • ya ya
    this movie was a little strange but once it got going it got the point across....more info