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At Theaters: 6/7/2002 On Video: 11/5/2002
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 40 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409927
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Without the help of the Ya-Yas, neither Sidda nor her mother, would be willing to take the necessary steps to close the chasm that has opened up between them - a fact obvious to everyone but themselves. The Ya-Yas take extreme measures in bringing the feuding women together because they know that’s what it takes.
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Comedy Drama - This is a "chick flick" all the way, with its mother-daughter storyline holding much appeal for females young and (especially) old. Men, particularly older ones, may also enjoy, not to mention fans of the stars. Children will be bored, and they could be upset by one violent scene.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Ellen Burstyn THE YARDS, PLAYING BY HEART
Ashley Judd HIGH CRIMES, SOMEONE LIKE YOU, WHERE THE HEART IS
Sandra Bullock MURDER BY NUMBERS, MISS CONGENIALITY, 28 DAYS
James Garner ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE, SPACE COWBOYS, TWILIGHT
Maggie Smith GOSFORD PARK
Fionnula Flanagan THE OTHERS, WAKING NED DEVINE
Director: Callie Khouri THELMA AND LOUISE
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About The Production
About The Characters
Accommodating a 60-Year Span of Life
Striking The Right Note
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PROFANITY: 2 F-words, 13 GD's, 10 S-words, and occasional use of others.
SEX/NUDITY: A brief instance of non-sexual semi-nudity.
VIOLENCE: One scene of violence against children.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Lots of alcohol and tobacco use.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Frequent wisecracking, some physical gags.
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Roger Ebert  Full Review
Below Average "There is not a character in the movie with a shred of plausibility, not an event that is believable, not a confrontation that is not staged, not a moment that is not false. For their sins, the sisterhood should be forced to spend the rest of their lives locked in a Winnebago camper.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Good "The movie is entertaining and the characters engaging enough, but one comes away from the experience wondering what all the fuss was about. A self-absorbed young mother has a nervous breakdown. Later, her adult daughter struggles with residual resentment and confusion. You expect the revelation of truly deep, dark secrets. Instead, you walk out wondering, Is that all there is?"

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "Like TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (1983) and STEEL MAGNOLIAS (1989), this tear-stained paean to the bonds that unite women glides along on a cloud of chatty cattiness, and seeing veteran actresses Burstyn, Smith, Flanagan and Knight tear up the screen is an unabashed delight. But the film, adapted from two novels by actress and playwright Rebecca Wells, suffers from an excess of material crammed into too little screen time.''

Newsday  Full Review
Poor "No one, not even Khouri (who also wrote "Something to Talk About"), would create an original screenplay with so many plot holes, gaping emotional cavities, lack of continuity or a structure guaranteed to confuse so completely. But transferring a popular book to the screen requires compromise. And there's nothing here if not compromise."

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Based on an Exit Polling of 252 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
6
About 50/50
100%
13-19Teens (F)
47
Very High
98%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
8
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
48
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
12
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
131
Very High
100%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Look how many male opinions there are compared to the females. Is this a "Chick Flick" or what? These are some VERY HIGH OPINIONS! It's rare to see so many opinions of "Fantastic" from adults. Another rarity is the lack of any low opinions, especially considering we have so many opinions. This indicates a movie with very wide appeal and makes your chances of enjoying this movie very high.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND "DEVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD." GO SEE IT!

I'm not sure why critics are telling you this isn't a good movie, but fortunately you have us to tell you the truth.

For the GUYS - This is obviously a "Chick Flick," and the lack of many male opinions shows you guys know it. The guys actually rated it quite high especially for a "Chick Flick." I would say you're pretty safe taking the wife to this movie.

Cinema Review Opinion: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Sorry, we were not given an advance screening of this movie.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Sidda Lee Walker (Sandra Bullock), a prominent young playwright living in New York Dity, is a long way from her Louisiana hometown and a nice safe distance from her loving but highly dramatic and eccentric mother, Vivi (Ellen Burstyn). And that's the way she'd like to keep it.

When a Time Magazine profile on Sidda implies that Vivi was not a good mother, Vivi is outraged and the two women get into a fight that threatens to destroy not only their relationship but Sidda's tenuous wedding plans with a man who has waited seven years from her to get over her fear of raising a family of her own.

Enter the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (Finnula Flanagan, Shirley Knight, Maggie Smiht)... Vivi's intrepid gang of lifelong friends, eager to restore peace no matter what it takes.

To truly understand Vivi, the Ya-Yas believe, Sidda must know who her mother was as a young woman. A high-spirited beauty who valued love and loyalty above all else, young Vivi (portrayed by Ashley Judd) was dealt many disappointments in life but was also blessed with an indomitable sense of humor, an adventurous spirit and three best friends. Together, this inseparable foursome shared both good and bad times with grace and humor, celebrating each other's triumphs for more than 40 years, which they recorded in a scrapbook stuffed with letters, ticket stubs, dried corsages and photos -- otherwise known as the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

Taking matters into their own hands, the Ya-Yas stage an unorthodox intervention to bring mother and daughter back together. With their help, and the help of the Divine Secrets, Sidda will begin to unravel the truth about her complicated and unconventional mother, find forgiveness and acceptance and let go of her painful past.

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