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A woman learns the value of friendship as she hears the story of two women and how their friendship shaped their lives in this warm comedy-drama. Evelyn Couch (Kathy Bates) is an emotionally repressed housewife with a habit of drowning her sorrows in candy bars. Her husband Ed (Gailard Sartain) barely acknowledges her existence, and while he visits his aunt at a nursing home every week, Evelyn is not permitted to come into the room because the old women doesn't like her. One week, while waiting


Drama, Comedy

Fannie Flagg, Carol Sobieski

Apr 18, 2000

Universal Pictures

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (4) | DVD (11)

After all, it's not every day that one encounters a sensitive tale of sisterhood that also contains an element of cannibalism. For that alone, the movie deserves respect.

March 9, 2014 Full Review Source:

Stirring, sizzling serving of female empowerment.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Please no.

August 9, 2007 | Comments (3)

An immensely likable, wonderfully-performed film.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source:

The picture is about gender politics and a legacy of communal repression that is itself too embarrassed to port over a nearly-platonic-anyway love story between two women.

August 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Comments (2)
Film Freak Central

An enjoyable if sentimental chic flick that sanitizes Flagg's novel in two major respects, glossing over the lesbian relationship between Mary Louise Parker and Mary Stuart Masterson and underplaying the blatant racism in the trail of a black man.

June 1, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

There's just enough human feeling here to make it transcend the feel--good chick-flick genre.

April 21, 2006
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Memorable ensemble, dead-on dialogue.

December 27, 2004

A wonderful cinematic valentine to the life-enhancing and soul-stirring powers of friendship.

July 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Bates and Tandy shine in what is essentially an extended flashback with the occasional present day bookends.

July 11, 2003

An enjoyable film for the Steel Magnolias crowd, though a bit grittier.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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Excellent movie about friendship and love. Kathy Bates' character befriends an old woman who tells stories of her past.
February 10, 2013
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Super Reviewer

Always love a good southern movie, and well done coming of age drama
February 5, 2012

Super Reviewer

Another tale of the Southern woman, so spicy and headstrong that she ends up in multiple adventures including murder, love affairs, and the ultimate threat of betrayal between best friends. Friendship, the cornerstone to this feel good film, is the building block that parallels relationships of the past with the present state of wild eyed homemaker Kathy Bates, whose performance is both realistic, heart warming, and darn impressive. Accolades are worth throwing around for this love fest.
December 9, 2010

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    1. Evelyn Couch: I can't even look at my own vagina!
    2. Ninny Threadgoode: Well, I can't help you on that one, honey.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (20 days ago)
    1. Idgie Threadgoode: I can't believe that he swore on the Bible!
    2. Ruth Jamison: Well, if that judge had looked any closer, he'd have seen that it was a copy of Moby Dick.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (20 days ago)
    1. Ruth Jamison: Idgie Threadgoode, you old beecharmer, you.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (20 days ago)
    1. Ruth Jamison: You're just a bee charmer, Idgie Threadgoode. That's what you are, a bee charmer.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (20 days ago)
    1. Grady Kilgore: You are absolutely, unconditionally, positively the most stubborn person I've ever known in my life!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (20 days ago)
    1. Ninny Threadgoode: Idgie and her friend Ruth ran the Whistle Stop Café. Idgie was a character, all right. But how anybody could have thought she murdered that man is beyond me.
    2. Evelyn Couch: I beg your pardon?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (20 days ago)
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