"Ya-Ya Sisterhood’: Divine?
Rule No. 1 for seeing “The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood” – go with girlfriends and plan on yacking about the movie for at least an hour afterward. Being somewhat of a Ya Ya myself, I needed to vent about what bugged me so I could move on to the soul of the movie. Whatever you do, don’t see the movie with a guy who has to catch a bus two minutes after the show ends. (Guys, if you see the movie with a woman, you might want to have an escape hatch for the ensuing hour conversation – look to Dan for advice.)
Rule No. 2 – don’t believe everything you see in movie trailers. Based on previews, I went into the movie expecting a mostly feel-good film. “Ya Ya” is infused with humor throughout, but the movie deals with heart-wrenching, alcoholic-mother and scarred-daughter material. Therapy isn’t something into which you frolic.
Besides a good girlfriend and a misleading preview, something major was missing. The character’s motives were not fully developed; for instance, alcoholics don’t just wake up one day and quit drinking for no good reason, and most daughters don’t put their entire life on hold for a week to deal with issues with their mothers – and then reach completion in such a sort time.
I enjoyed Sandra Bullock in this movie but think she should stick to runaway buses. Her character in “28 Days” and this movie lacked depth or at the least, time to unfold. Clever, feel-good lines cut short painful scenes necessary for bonding.
In general, the natural rhythm so important in women’s lives was interrupted, as if the director feared the “Ya Ya” audience would turn into blithering idiots. It would have been more courageous to allow the characters and relationships the depth and motivation to develop, much as I suspect the book did. The movie skimmed pages of the book.
The most beautiful part occurs in the end, when Bullock comes full circle. It brings home the true meaning of friendship and transformation of the mother-daughter relationship. Linger on this point, and relish it with your friends.
Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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