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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.
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.
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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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.''
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
TV Guide OnlineFull
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.''
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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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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
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
Cinema Review Opinion: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Sorry, we were not given an advance screening of this movie.
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
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
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.