Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya SisterhoodJune 7, 2002
After years of mother-daughter tension, Siddalee receives a scrapbook detailing the wild adventures of the "Ya-Yas", her mother's girlhood friends.
Release Year: 2002
Rating: 5.5/10 (10,351 voted)
Critic's Score: 48/100
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn, Fionnula Flanagan
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.
Writers: Rebecca Wells, Mark Andrus
Siddalee 'Sidda' Walker
Viviane Joan 'Vivi' Abbott Walker
'Teensy' Melissa Whitman
Shepard James 'Shep' Walker
Grandma 'Buggy' Abbott
Younger Vivi Abbott Walker
Necie Rose Kelleher
Caro Eliza Bennett
Younger Teensy Whitman
Younger Caro Bennett
Younger Necie Kelleher
David Lee Smith
Younger Shep Walker
Lt. Jack Whitman
Mothers. Daughters. The never-ending story of good vs. evil.
Warner Bros. [United States]with trailer |
Release Date: 7 June 2002
Filming Locations: Burgaw, North Carolina, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $16,167,412
(9 June 2002)
Did You Know?
Filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina at the same time as
A Walk to Remember.
In the plane scene (Siddalee's flashback, near the end), you see all the cars pull up to the field. In the car beside the one Vivi is driving, you see a girl jump out of the car twice.
Don't look at me in that tone of voice!
Wise, Witty, and Wonderful!
After all the hype and comparisons to 'Steel Magnolias', 'Divine Secrets of
the Ya-Ya Sisterhood', sadly, did not do much box office, which was a shame,
as it is a more intimate, realistic vision of women and life-long
friendships than the glossier 'Magnolias'.
Four girl friends in Louisiana create a secret sisterhood in 1937, swearing
eternal devotion to each other, and they remain best friends through all the
triumphs and tragedies in their lives. When the daughter of one of them
(Sandra Bullock), a successful playright, has an interview with Time
magazine in which she condemns her mother's impact on her life, the mother
(Ellen Burstyn, who is superb!) goes ballistic, cutting the daughter out of
her life, totally. In charges the other members of the Sisterhood,
kidnapping Bullock, and attempting to make things right!
The film then jumps back and forth in time, with Ashley Judd playing the
younger Burstyn. She has a lot of happy adventures with her Ya-Ya sisters,
but also has to deal with racism, a jealous religious zealot of a mother, an
overly loving father (David Rasche, breaking free of his usual comic roles),
a true love who dies in WWII, and a family with a guy she 'settles' for
(played, in present day, by the wonderful James Garner). There is also a
dark secret that is the core of the mother/daughter alienation, which must
be dealt with in order for the rift between Bullock and Burstyn to heal (No,
I will NOT give it away!)
If you do the math about the years covered, you realize the present-day
story SHOULD be taking place in the seventies, at the latest, but this
doesn't hurt the overall effectiveness of the picture. As the other
present-day sisters, Fionnula Flanagan, Shirley Knight, and (especially)
Maggie Smith are WONDERFUL, as is Angus MacFadyen, as Bullock's sympathetic
and likable fiance.
While this is unabashedly a 'chick flick', something I really liked was that
they DIDN'T fall back on that old chestnut of somebody dying to serve as a
convenient catalyst for change and the healing process. And the dialog is
full of wickedly hilarious one-liners about men, alcohol, friendship, and
Don't miss this gem!