: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Not as pathetic as I expected: in fact, I kinda liked it (or at least one aspect of it). What I liked was the approach and premise: a young woman who’s getting ready to be married has an antagonist relationship with her mother, who wants nothing to do with the wedding (and the daughter doesn’t want her there). But the old woman’s three friends (the Ya-Ya Sisterhood) drug and kidnap the daughter and take her back home in order to explain to her who her mother is and why she’s not as bad as the daughter thinks. What follows is flashbacks to the Ya-Ya Sisterhood’s childhood and youth (played by two generations of actresses) as dark family secrets are revealed. Eventually, of course, the daughter and mother reconcile. What I didn’t like: first, the dark secrets revealed aren’t very dark, secret, or particularly interesting or exciting; second, watching a bunch of old woman talk like sailors and whine and reminisce isn’t my idea of quality entertainment; and third, the whole “Ya-Ya” thing, though portrayed as childhood girls club, had mystical elements that echoed occult-type ceremonies and left a bad taste in my mouth. It would have been okay if they’d left that stuff in childhood, but seeing 60+ old women do it was bizarre and uncomfortable. Still, the film wasn’t as bad as I expected, and I liked some of the characters and scenes.