|STEEL MAGNOLIAS (1989)|
|"I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special."|
|Time: 117 mins.|
Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress (Roberts).
|CAPSULE REVIEW I know you're probably horrified that I would recommend such an over-the-top weeper. What can I say, I have a soft spot for melodrama...and it doesn't get better than this. There are two main reasons to see this movie: Sally Field and Shirley MacLaine. They are two of the greatest actresses of our time and they both make this tripe watchable. Field will break your heart as the mother who wants her daughter to find happiness, but not at the expense of her life. MacLaine, in the least glamorous role of her career, is the comic relief, playing an irascible, but lovable family friend. The core of the story is the mother/daughter relationship, played by Field and Roberts, and the problems that occur as Roberts' character gets a life of her own. Though the film has its' share of trials and tribulations, it is, for the most part, a very funny slice of Southern life. It covers every life event from birth to death, creating laughter and tears along the way. This amazing ensemble of female actors is worth the price of admission. Somehow their very different styles mesh together to make you believe they are life-long friends. It is their talent that draws me back again and again. A powerful and funny tale about life and the people you meet along the way. Clearly, not a film for those of the male persuasion.|