Helmer Khouri hopes to dispel 'chick flick' label

HOLLYWOOD — The sisterhood is more than happy to let men in on the secret, say those involved in “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” which unspooled Monday at the Mann’s Village in Westwood.

At the Warner Bros. after-party at the Wadsworth Theater, helmer Callie Khouri said, “All the guys keep saying it’s not a chick flick, there is something in this movie for them.”

Co-star James Garner echoed that sentiment. “This is as much a man’s story as a woman’s,” he said. “Take it from me, men should go with their wives.”

Star Ashley Judd said she would tell men, “Don’t be foolish, don’t let pride or something macho stop you; go see it.” At the same time, Judd and Khouri both said they leaned on their sorority of friends. Judd’s friends were at the party, but she said, “They’re bored, they’re leaving, and we’ll hook up and be ya-yas elsewhere.”

Pic’s Fionnula Flanagan said, “These are the kind (of friends) everybody would like; fortunately, I have a few wonderful friends like that, who have the courage to tell you the truth.”

Among those attending were Warner Bros.’ Alan Horn, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Dawn Taubin and Dan Fellman; producers Hunt Lowry and Bonnie Bruckheimer; executive producers Mary McLaglen, E.K. Gaylord and Lisa Stewart; stars Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn, Shirley Knight and Angus McFadyen; EMA’s Debbie Levin and Bill Gerber; plus guests Christine Lahti, Thomas Schlamme, Dennis Quaid, Minnie Driver and Cuba Gooding Jr.

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