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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)

Sandra Bullock , Ellen Burstyn , Callie Khouri  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn, Fionnula Flanagan, James Garner, Ashley Judd
  • Directors: Callie Khouri
  • Writers: Callie Khouri, Mark Andrus
  • Producers: Bonnie Bruckheimer, Hunt Lowry, Bette Midler, Mary Mclaglen, Lisa Stewart
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002NZK5RS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,746 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn, Maggie Smith, Ashley Judd. When a Southern matriarch shuns her daughter before her wedding, it's up to childhood friends to mend the wounds between them in this imaginative tale based on the novel by Rebecca Wells. 2002/color/116 min/PG-13/widescreen.

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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wise, Witty, and Wonderful! October 31, 2002
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 blasts her mother's impact on her life, the mother (Ellen Burstyn, who is superb!) goes ballistic, cutting the daughter out of her life, totally. Into this maelstrom 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 (who gives an Oscar-worthy performance) 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 early nineties, at the latest, but this doesn't hurt the overall effectiveness of the picture.
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42 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal May 20, 2002
I was fortunate enough to see this movie at an early premiere. From the moment the movie began it was true to the incredible spirit, integrity and vitality of the novel. There are some changes of course, (using a plane instead of an elephant for Lawanda), but not only does it work, this is by far the best book to movie adaptation I've ever seen. I've always been bitterly disappointed by the movie version of powerful books, but "Divine Secrets" has broken that mold. There is never a dull moment, slow script or moment that doesn't shine. My only criticism was the rather dispassionate way Sidda (Sandra Bullock) responded to Vivi (Ellen Burnstyn) at the very end of the movie. But whether you're a ya-ya or simply looking for a phenomenal story to sit down to, this movie is so layered with intensity you'd have to be dead to miss it. Don't let the label "chick flick" mislead you, it's much more than that. Ashley Judd has never made a movie before this as far as I'm concerned, but it was the actresses that played the older ya-ya's that completely stole the show! I'm counting the days till the DVD release! YA-YA!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars YA YA! Okay, its a chick flick ... November 19, 2002
(not that there's anything wrong with that)
.....but guys, if you want a hint into the strange world of women's friendships, watch this with your loved one and listen to stories of her own lost youth. You will learn answers to many of the mysteries of women and the world we inhabit (if only in dreams.).
Imagine Charo, coochie-cooing the words YA YA! and you'll have an idea of the true meaning and fun of this movie. I will admit, I found it best to have a little knowledge of the book. But don't read the book. Listen to it. The (UNEDITED) audio version of this fine novel really gives life to the words and one can really appreciate the enunciation of the most important words about this group of life-long friends. YaYa! (See my review of the audio tape on under "ISBN: 0060094818" and find out exactly what Charo REALLY has to do with this film.)
Rebecca Wells wrote an earlier book based on similar characters and ideas, but the mother was not as likeable nor excusable. She hit the "motherlode" (pardon the pun!) when she penned "The Divine Secrets..." I would love to have these quirky women as caricatures in my life. What a gift to have this kind of lifelong communication and keepers of secrets (even though they all may need a good month at the dreaded "Betty.")
Hell, therapy would ruin their antics of these bigger than life characters. I love the southern charm of this story and yes, Steel Magnolias comes to mind. But nothing comes close to this bond, and the film is cast perfectly--unfortunately leaving no room for Shirley MacLaine's character. She couldn't do better than her role in "Magnolias," no matter how far south the story may be set.
In a series of stories from an amazing scrapbook (hurrah for the prop team -- the book appeared just as I imagined!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Altars Everywhere January 13, 2007
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
This was different, but such a good movie about a family and friends and the sister hood that was shared
Published 2 days ago by S. Evans
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching at least once.
I ordered this as a gift for my mother. I watched it with her, and was pleasantly surprised that the movie is actually good.
Published 3 days ago by Ant
4.0 out of 5 stars Ya-Ya Review
I,being from the South, and Louisiana specifically, I know some folk who resemble the ya-ya sisters! My wife and I enjoyed the movie!!!
Published 10 days ago by Mildmp53
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a sleeper classic
I can relate a lot to this move, thats why I had to have it. I would definitely recommend it to others.
Published 11 days ago by Maria Nowak
5.0 out of 5 stars movies
this is one of my favorite movies of all time. I still relate to it to this day. I highly recommend it.
Published 22 days ago by Misty
5.0 out of 5 stars Movies...
Ordered this about a week ago and it actually came a day early. I saw this movie years ago and I had to have it. There was no damage and the movie plays perfect. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Great story, some people can really relate to it. Amazing actors and actress'. I would recommend this movie to all who like sappy, family movies!
Published 1 month ago by america.rose
1.0 out of 5 stars Sloppy and NOT EVEN CLOSE TO THE BOOK
Realistically, this was a frenetic almost schizophrenic take on the book. The book has been one of my favorites for years. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karen Allyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
Great story; brilliantly acted. Not for the psychologically faint of heart and the previously traumatized. Would highly recommend for most adults.
Published 1 month ago by Julie A. Groman
3.0 out of 5 stars pure pleasure
whenever you have j.garner e.burstyn, f.flannigan & m.smith together in movie you've got magic... This particular film spand 30 years, so you have a lot of history of the love,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Owens
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