Production company: Gaylord Films
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn, James Garner, Ashley Judd, Maggie Smith
Wanting to bring peace between their best friend Vivi (Burstyn) and her oldest daughter Siddalee (Bullock) who are currently engaged in a petty fight, Vivi's childhood best friends - nicknamed The Ya-Ya's - fake-kidnap Siddalee from her home in New York and drag her back down to the deep South where she was born and raised. Over the course of several days, Sidda learns about her mother's life and comes to startling realizations about tragic events that happened during her childhood. Maybe now that Siddalee understands her mother better, they can start to repair their relationship.
I have been hopelessly in love with this movie for years now!! Ya-Ya Sisterhood, in my mind, is the pinnacle of sweet, Southern charm girly movies. It's like Steel Magnolias, Fried Green Tomatoes, Hope Floats, and Now and Then all wrapped up into one perfect movie!! When it comes to wanting to curl up on a gloomy day and watch something comforting, fun, and kindhearted Ya-Ya Sisterhood is always a movie at the top of my list to watch.
Doused in Southern charm and nostalgia, Ya-Ya Sisterhood is an adorable movie. There are multiple, dynamic female characters that make you laugh, and cry right along with them. The biggest reason that I love this movie so much is that it's the type that does a lot of flashback and essentially it's all about revisiting memories but it explores them from both sides - the sides of the kids and the parents. You get to see both sides of the memories and gain a well-rounded understanding of the characters. Plus, there are plenty of ways to identify with the story too - "Oh, I remember thinking that when I was a kid too!" sort of stuff. There's drama, comedy, romance, tragedy, friendship...this is a well-rounded movie that I absolutely adore!
What can I say? There are few girly dram-edies that I can turn down!
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood gets a 5 OF 5 must own for those who love girly movies that revolve around memories or storytelling. This is also another movie where I highly recommend also checking out the book, both mediums are very similar to each other so if you love one then you'll definitely be a fan of the other!