Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Released 2002


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Callie Khouri
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood follows the life of Sidalee Walker (Sandra Bullock). She has moved away from her Louisiana home and become an award-winning playwright. During the production of her latest show, she is interviewed by Time Magazine. Sidalee tells the reporter that her horrible childhood is the foundation of many of her plays. The reporter blows up the story, talking about painful memories and years of abuse. Sidalee's mother, Vivi (Ellen Burstyn), reads the article and confronts her daughter. Their fight escalates to the point where both women decide to erase each other from their lives. It is up to Sidalee's old friends, the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, to bring her back to her home in Louisiana and figure out some way to patch up her severed relationship with her mother. They drug her, put her on a plane and travel back to the place where it all began.

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    As a rich, gum-chewing matron who tools around in her canary-yellow Rolls-Royce, Flanagan is the picture's real scene-stealer.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    This is a work of excess and passion, an untidy sprawl of a motion picture that is sometimes ragged, occasionally uncertain, but -- and this is what's important -- always warm, acc...

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Perhaps not since "Steel Magnolias" has Hollywood turned out a movie so resolutely for and about women.

Ellen Burstyn

Ellen Burstyn

Viviane Joan 'Vivi' Abbott Walker

Shirley Knight

Shirley Knight

Necie Rose Kelleher

James Garner

James Garner

Shepard James 'Shep' Walker

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock

Siddalee 'Sidda' Walker

Fionnula Flanagan

Fionnula Flanagan

'Teensy' Melissa Whitman

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Comedy, Drama