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Steel Magnolias

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Steel Magnolias

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
117 minutes
performer:
Sally Field, Daryl Hannah, Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton, Dylan McDermott, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Tom Skerritt
director:
Herbert Ross
distributor:
Columbia Tri-Star
author:
Robert Harling
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C

Six Southern belles exchange recipes and wisecracks in a beauty parlor; big hair and big laughs ensue. Or laughs would ensue, if the revival of Robert Harling’s 1987 play weren’t so woefully miscast: As mother-hen hairdresser Truvy, Delta Burke pauses so often that one wonders which has gone South — her memory or her comic timing? Marsha Mason makes cranky old Ouiser a caricature, and Christine Ebersole’s sincere M’Lynn is sincerely monotonous. Thank goodness for the fabulous Frances Sternhagen (Sex and the City‘s meddling matron Bunny MacDougal), who can even get a cackle out of a line like ”I’ve got to get my tires rotated.”

C