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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 (318 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: Multiple Formats, 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 (318 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002NZK5RS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,799 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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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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42 of 56 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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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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I first saw this movie in the theater years ago which led me to purchase it in VHS format. Well, now...I've upgraded to DVD and have donated the VHS version to my local library. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Lois
5.0 out of 5 stars it was an honest story about girls growing up and remaining friends...
i read the book years ago and the movie was was an honest story about girls growing up and remaining friends for life also was about a mother daughter relationship very... Read more
Published 20 days ago by music lady
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I love this movie!!
Published 21 days ago by Tee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film about mothers
Great film about mothers, daughters, long time friends, and human flaws. Funny and poignant. Glad to see the extra 8 scenes that come with the DVD.
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