Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
The Secret Is Out.
A mother and daughter dispute is resolved by the "Yaya sisterhood" - long time friends of the mother.
Good cast. Entertaining.
Purports to pinpoint, repeatedly, Where It All Went Wrong, but fails to realize that it can't be done with a series of miniature climaxes. Principles are all likable enough, however dull; it's a hot button flurry of casual Southern excess (alcoholism isn't an ailment, it's a merit badge) driven by characters who are constantly and consistently outrageous - without actually being interesting. Bullock and Burstyn aren't nearly as interesting as Judd and Bernilo. Most of the exploits in female togetherness, mental instability and healing wounds aren't exactly taking place on new territory. Ya-Ya's time shifting structure pays off big time, though, dividing modern and ancient quibbles as if they were separate narratives. Khouri seems to be aware that if you move a commonplace story along fast enough, and break it up small enough - it may actually resemble an interesting one. It's a feat - because it almost works.
Don't ask me how I allowed myself to get dragged to this movie. It was a dark time.
What can I say, man? The wife had the remote.
The so-called “chick flick” has emerged into a semi-dependable Hollywood category, working on the assumption that tales devoted to rich, interpersonal relationships amongst women will mostly appeal to women only. In such a post-feminist climate, such a film openly and honestly about women’s issues is a welcome event in this target group. Writer Callie Khouri shared in such a reception courted in controversy, when her script for director Ridley Scott’s feminist road-movie Thelma and Louise reclaimed a traditionally male genre for a new generation of women. As bold and adventurous as that film was in its time, Khouri virtually disappeared from the public gaze until she re-surfaced a decade later as the writer and director of Divine Secrets of the…
One for the ladies only
Something about this movie was actually rather enjoyable. I enjoyed the characters and found the development of the relationships interesting and somewhat moving. Not something I would feel compelled to watch again, however It was a pleasent, easy going film