- Jerkass Woobie: Buggy, definitely. Sidda and Vivi too, to a lesser extent.
- Tear Jerker: "You killed my son! You drink champagne to his death!"
- Unfortunate Implications: The film version has received some negative reviews that argue that it sends the message that abusive parents should not be held accountable for what they do to their children as long as their own past is sufficiently tragic.
YMMV / Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood