MOTHERS. DAUGHTERS. THE NEVER-ENDING STORY OF GOOD VS. EVIL.
When a serious rift occurs in the relationship between Vivianne (Ellen Burstyn) and her daughter (Sandra Bullock), a group of old friends gather to help heal the wounds. Writer Callie Khouri’s directing debut brings several well-known actors together and they carry the story through its most clichéd moments; it is a reasonably engaging portrayal of family, friendship and drug abuse. Ashley Judd is good as the young Vivi at the time when she was the most troubled; Maggie Smith and Fionnula Flanagan struggle with Southern accents, but they’re nevertheless a colorful part of the Ya-Ya sisterhood.
2002-U.S. 117 min. Color. Widescreen. Written and directed by Callie Khouri. Novels: Rebecca Wells (“Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood”, “Little Altars Everything”). Cast: Sandra Bullock (Siddalee Walker), Ellen Burstyn (Viviane Abbott Walker), Fionnula Flanagan (Melissa Whitman), Ashley Judd, Maggie Smith, Shirley Knight… James Garner.