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Plot: A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know. Runtime: 130 mins Release Date: 27 Dec 1991
I must admit. When I first heard of this movie many years ago, the title didn't sound that appealing and the few scenes that I saw didn't look very interesting. But what can I say? I was little then and didn't know what I was missing. My mother kept telling me how good of a movie this was, but I was just too stubborn and didn't pay attention. It was only a few months ago that I decided to watch it when it appeared on TV and boy was I surprised!!This movie is beyond anything that I have ever viewed in my entire life. Usually, this sort of movie isn't the kind that I look <more>
at, but I fell in love with the story and the characters, as well as the wonderful actresses Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Mary-Louise Parker who did an outstanding job portraying their characters in a unique and unforgettable way.Since I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't seen it, let me just say that it's an astounding tale of a special friendship that goes way beyond what we would call a "regular" one. It will make you thankful for the friends you have and even give women a sense to stand up for their own rights. All in all, I give this movie a 10 out of 10. If you haven't seen it, what are you doing reading this?! Go out and rent it!
Consummate story-telling, served well by superlative performances (by vijayr)
Fannie Flagg's novel of immense complexity huge cast and innumerable separate stories could have been impossible to film. However, it is made possible, in large part, by the performances of Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary Louise Parker in what should have been billed as the lead roles. They play the two southern women who's joint story this movie revolves around. Jessica Tandy's role is to relate the story to a lost and longing Kathy Bates in modern times . Director Jon Avnet ties the two together nicely at times, awkwardly at times, but always except the end without doing <more>
damage to either. He and the production crew bring to life a 'peaceful' southern town very nicely.The two Marys manage to convey the fullness of a complex relationship with apparent ease. There on-screen chemistry is nothing short of dazzling, and one is left wondering when and how these two actresses carved out such detailed characters without giving voice to their motivations and feelings. While it is rare that dialogue directly addresses the heart and nature of their relationship, what that is becomes clear quickly and transcends the plot of the story to become the real unifying element in this movie. That neither was recognized in the conventional way for their performances is unfortunate which is an understatement .
The Story Stays With You Long After the Movie Ends (by Ouarda)
This is one of my top five films of all time. I was somewhat skeptical the first time I saw it because I adored the book and I knew there were some changes, but I found the essence of Fannie Flagg's fabulous novel in tact. This is a story that burrows into your heart and mind and stays there. It is absolutely magical storytelling with a stellar cast and beautifully written characters that never fade from memory.A time and place in America, filled with the best and the worst of our life and history, is impeccably captured. The flashbacks take us to the time of an Alabama whistle stop town <more>
that was a bustling hub when the railroad was the center of all movement. This was the era of hobos and simple pleasures. The scenes from the past become more powerful by the juxtaposition to modern times, where the story begins and returns at intervals.Kathy Bates plays Evelyn Couch, an unhappy middle-aged housewife who stumbles on Ninny Threadgoode the superb Jessica Tandy one day by accident at the nursing home where she is visiting one of her husband's relatives. The two have an instant chemistry and a deep friendship begins. Ninny proceeds to tell Evelyn the story of Idgie and Ruth, two young women who shared an amazing friendship and love 50 years earlier. This movie has to be experienced, as mere descriptions might sound like another southern-flavored movie about women or a weepy nostalgic tale. It is much more than that, and more than the most glowing review can ever convey. If you are reading this and haven't seen it, please make a point to. The actors are nothing short of magical. All four actresses Jessica Tandy, Kathy Bates, Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker are at the top of their craft.I will borrow a line from Ninny Threadgoode to describe how I always feel after seeing this film. "I may be sitting here in this nursing home but in my mind I'm over at the Whistle Stop Cafe having a plate of Fried Green Tomatoes".I may be sitting here finishing this comment but in my mind I'm at the Whistle Stop Cafe. That's how powerful this story is for me.
I enjoyed this movie immensely. This is one of the best examples of storytelling that I have seen. The structure of the movie - alternating between the past and present, with multiple intertwining plots - keeps the viewer hooked on how the story will unfold. It unfolds gracefully and is enjoyable throughout.The acting is exceptional. Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary Louise Parker carry the bulk of the acting load. They are fantastic. The relationship between these very different young women is complex and satisfying.Since the movie is about women and the female roles are so strong, this movie <more>
has been dubbed a "chick flick", but that pejorative is unfair. This is good film making and those who like plot-driven cinema will enjoy this immensely. This one is in my DVD collection.
This is such an awesome movie. I remember watching it as a girl, and when I found it in a clearance bin a few months ago, I jumped on it. I watched it then, and now, having watched it again... Mary Stuart Masterson is AMAZING. Tears fall unwittingly down my cheeks during her performance. I was also enchanted by Mary-Louise Parker, and I always always LOVE Kathy Bates. Jessica Tandy is also her usual fit self, and Cecily Tyson was great "Shoo! I ain't scared of you!" and I could go on for ages about all of them.I will admit that this is the Ultimate Chick Flick. That title, <more>
however, does not detract from its overall quality. The men are more than just caricatures, and the nostalgia and love of the book made its way into the movie. I have to commend Avnet for his efforts.And now that I am out of intelligent things to say, THIS MOVIE ROCKS MY SOCKS! It's re-watchability and great everything make this the movie along with Love and Basketball and my Buffy DVDs that I take with me to college and suggest we watch at every opportunity.
Fried Green Tomatoes has a good story that hooks you on from beginning to end. This movie is funny, but very dramatic sometimes. The film has a good cast: Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary-Stuart Materson. This movie delivers a fresh ,sometimes funny, and dramatic story. This film is very good, and I enjoyed it. I liked it's sense of humor, but it is kind of sad at times in the movie. The directing is well done, and the story is very good. the story came from the book by Fannie Flagg This movie is recommended! It is very good. I give it a 9 out of 10.
A warm, well acted film with sexual overtones (by tanya_lamb)
While I love this film, and have seen it a dozen times at least, the maturing of my mind since the first time I saw it as a teen in 1991, have made me take a second look at this stunningly acted film about love, friendship, devotion and racial issues in a multiple decade look at women's roles in society.Anyone who went to college where I did would see that Idgy from her childhood is the sterotypical Lesbian. She does not like to wear dresses and prefers a man's dress even as a youngster. As she ages, and as Ruth befriends her, she is tantalized by a kiss Ruth gives her on the cheek at <more>
the swimming hole and so devastated by Ruth's wedding that she does not even attend but instead drives hours to Valdosta, Georgia to look on hurtfully from the woods at Ruth carried in her new home in her wedding dress. As the film progresses and Ruth is rescued from her abusive relationship the two start a cafe called Whistle Stop Cafe in Whistle Stop, Alabama. If one watches carefully they'll see that the two live together in a house near the cafe. In one poignant moment, the two women are talking over coffee late at night in the cafe when Ruth says that she feels bad that Idgy may feel she needs to stay and care for Ruth and Buddy Threadgoode Jr. Buddy is Ruth's son but has Idgy's last name?! Ruth says that if it weren't for she and Buddy, Idgy may "settle down" Idgy dramatically replies "I am as settled as I am ever going to be" and "I don't want you to move out" The clincher was the image they showed shortly after that scene of Ruth in a feminine dress and Idgy in shorts and a shirt and tie, holding each other and smiling. Idgy never married or dated and Ruth never remarried.Everyone must come to their own conclusion but mine is two women in the 1930's who enjoy a healthy, loving lesbian relationship with the disguise of business partners in a time and place when different anything race, religion or creed, was just not tolerated or accepted.
A pleasant concoction, albeit a little bland in portions (by coolcat-3)
I felt nice and warm after watching the movie. There was the reassuring certainty in every reel that things will turn out alright in the end. Mary-Stuart Masterson, as the tomboy Idgie, gave an eminently likeable performance - sensitive underneath her tough-as-nails exterior, a picture of innocence. Well, inspite of all that, I came away with the feeling that the movie had lost its way somewhere in between. There were so many incidents which were not strung together - the brother's gruesome death on the rail tracks, Idgie's reclusive nature, her return to a gregarious self, and the <more>
list could go on. The characters seemed very two-dimensional. What is it that binds the two principal characters - Idgie and Ruth? I never fell into "laughing the laughs and crying the cries" with them. The flashback and the present could as well have been two separate films and seemed hastily slapped together to introduce two big names: Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates. By the way, the comic element brought to the film by Kathy Bates was quite nice, only it seemed quite out-of-place in the rest of the movie. All in all, I found this movie to be a pleasant concoction of a town full of old-world sentimentality, charm and niceness, even though it may fail to tug at anyone's heartstrings or tickle anybody's ribs.
I havent cried at a film this much for a while! A very poignant film, and the switching between the two separate stories is done very well, without lingering on one story for too long. Great performances by the four leading ladies, as well as by some of the minor characters such as Grady, Big George, and Frank Bennett, a brilliant performance by Nick Searcy. Lots of funny moments, with the sad moments too, a very realistic film, showing that life has highs and lows, but ultimately quite a feel good film.The only thing I was left wondering, was who Jessica Tandy was in the other story. Her <more>
name in the credits was Ninny, but we were never introduced to her younger self.