Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 Times (Theater in ’91, video, DVD, 28 Apr 2004 and 20 Nov 2016)
Brief Synopsis – Two Southern women meet by change in an old age home and a bond grows between them as they learn more and more about each others histories.
My Take on it – This film features four amazing actresses in the two stories depicted and it’s great watching them all interact.
Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary Louise Parker all help make us believe their character’s friendships even more because of their amazing performances.
The fact that this film takes two storylines and seamlessly transitions between them gives us two great stories for the price of one.
The friendships depicted here between the two pairs of women are each developed quite well and we can easily believe the strong bonds built between the pairs along the way.
We are easily taken to far away (and long forgotten) places with the settings of this film and it all seems quite real.
The fact that I knew what would happen takes away a bit from the impact of it all, but the fact that this film tackles some pretty powerful themes (both inwardly and outwardly) makes it all worth while.
Bottom Line – Loved the way they tell numerous stories at the same time. Transitions between the stories is done really well. All 4 lead actresses are superb and the two friendships shown here are developed really well making it all seem even more believable. Knowing how it all plays out takes away slightly from the impact of the story, but still worth watching because of the powerful themes that are touched upon throughout the film. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In July 2008, afterellen.com reported that Mary-Louise Parker said that she, her costar Mary Stuart Masterson, and screenwriter (and original novel author) Fannie Flagg were all strong advocates for depicting in the film the lesbian relationship between Ruth and Idgie that had appeared in the book. However, the director, Jon Avnet, and the producers of the film chose instead to excise the romance and just make the two characters into friends. In the DVD extras, Avnet does say that he considered Idgie and Ruth’s food fight scene in the movie as an analogy for a love scene between the two that he chose not to include. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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