Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Ellen Burstyn, Ashley Judd, Sandra Bullock, Maggie Smith, Shirley
Night Fionnula Flanagan and James Garner
Directed by: Callie Khouri
Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a brilliant and touching
masterpiece. It's magical! The stars shimmer and glisten as the
touching tale unfolds delightfully before you. Based upon Rebecca
Wells' best-selling novel the cast and director (Callie Khouri-
screenwriter of Thelma and Louise) seamlessly and effortlessly
bring you by far one of the best films all year.
Ya-Ya Sisterhood is an invention of Vivi (played by both Ellen
Burstyn -twilight years Vivi and Ashley Judd - thirty something
Vivi). During her troubled childhood she and three of her closest
friends Teensie , Caro and Cecie gather deep in the woods and
create a haven for themselves built on secretes, friendship and
fun. On the official night when they ordain each other they sport
artistic hats and take on Ya-Ya names like Queen Dancing Creek
or Princess Naked as a Jaybird; names as flamboyant as the girls
night they also take solemn oaths to defend each other and always
be there for each other through their days. The YaYas slice their
palms and mix their blood dance about wildly, harmless bonding.
girls grow into women and remember their oaths remaining close
friends as they have their own families. They also remain eccentric
and as life loving as can be.
YaYa Queen Vivi's daughter Siddalee (Sandra Bullock), now a famous
playwright is interviewed by Time magazine and scratches open
some deep past wounds between herself and her YaYa mom, Vivi promptly
(and hysterically) disowns her.
two start a silly and mean spirited war against each other that
has the other three YaYas adjourning for an emergency session.
Cecie (Shirley Knight), Caro (Maggie Smith) and Teensie (Fionnula
Flanagan) decide they simply must intervene and save this strained
relationship once and for all.
abduct Siddi and drag her down south (home) to show her the Ya-Ya's
secret book of the sisterhood. As they flip through the books
sacred pages, milling through old photos of her mother and themselves,
they unlock many doors to her past and reveal the truths about
and behind her mother's often confusing reactions. They also explain
some sad truths about Vivi and help reshape Siddi's own troubled
childhood and her perceptions.
a bit heavy and dramatic? It is except that the past pains and
family traumas are told with such elegance and genuine humor you'll
be in tears of laughter for the first half of the film and tears
of sadness and discovery the last half of the film but never left
depressed. Not for a moment.
is so honest and sincere you may just leave wondering how many
secrets your mother has/had hung up in her quiet little closet;
after all what are mothers but women with children.
enough of the story
.who's this Angus MacFadyen fellow playing
Sidda's boy toy/fiancé Connor? He's a Sheppard's Pie of
a manly man; each portion he delivered getting tastier. He pure
mounds of yum mixed ever so delicately with a Scottish
accent! Blue stars green clovers and yellow Angus shaped marshmallow
stars in my mornin' cereal please....oh, wait Lucky Charms is
member of the ensemble female cast was glowing like a 20,000-volt
bulb! For sure Ellen Burstyn will be up for many an award with
her incredible mutli-layered performance!
Judd may well be along side Ellen in the Best Actress categories
next spring after her spectacular bit in a particularly in a hard-to-pull-off-but-she-does-with-ease
scene involving nothing more than a mirror and her unmade face.
Ash ignites the screen with inner turmoil and anguish written
all across her descriptive beautifully contorted believable face.
Bullock, perhaps, if a mega-star is willing, she could snag the
best supporting actress? Sandy often gets roles we think we should
see her in. Here she isn't the focus and she isn't the 'star'
but she proves to any who think she's all fluff and twinkles she
Smith stole every scene she graced. I have not seen her this relaxed
before. The old Michael Palin comedy The Missionary didn't even
unruffled her petticoat so much.
the younger actors appearing, wonderfully, as the Ya-Ya girls
I apologize for not mentioning your names
but I had no press
kit and was u able to locate a single droplet of information.
direction by Callie Khouri is perfect. She allows these tremendous
talents to indulge in their roles and have fun under the high
emotions. Bravo to "an all girl production" for bringing
this tale properly to the big screen.
must peruse the official website filled with recipes and cocktails
mixin' ideas there's even a place to get your own adorable Ya-Ya
.what's mine? Queen Had-It-Up-To-Here
Recommendation: Brunwich Stew and Natchez Slow Gin Fizzy