"Lock those secrets, and this movie, away forever!"
A high-falouting chick-flick, one of those kinds neither for “chicks” or anyone else, about a young playwright’s lifetime of misery from her screw-loose, alcoholic mother.The writer, Sandra Bullock, has an article published featuring her, which misrepresents what she meant about her kooky mom, Ellen Burstyn, who of course reads the magazine and goes to such lengths as to cut her daughter out of all the family pictures and take her out of her will. It’s up to Burstyn’s cronies, a trio of biddies who randomly call out “ya-ya,” to shanghai Bullock from New York to Louisiana by giving her a roofie and revealing their “divine secrets.” In other words, suffering through series after series of flashbacks, anecdotes and explanations. It ranges from excessive sentimentalism to gaudy sensationalism to inexcusable mawkishness. And the actresses, no matter what level they usually belong at, are embarrassing enough to lock away in the basement.
Directed by Callie Khouri. With Maggie Smith, Jack Garner, Ashley Judd and Fiona Flanagan.[Not to be bothered with.]