Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Critic Consensus: Fried Green Tomatoes' tearjerking drama is undeniably manipulative, but in the hands of a skilled cast that includes Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates, it's also powerfully effective.
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Critic Reviews for Fried Green Tomatoes
[A] clunky, fraudulent, yet apparently crowd-pleasing laugh-and-tear-jerker.
When a group of actors this gifted and lively tries so good-naturedly to deliver such an obvious message, the audience is left in the position of trying to stop a tidal wave. You may hate yourself for responding, but you're smothered before you know it.
Directed and co-written by first-timer Jon Avnet, the episodic production manages to capture the fried-tomato flavor of the deep South without becoming too pushy or patronizing about it.
Fried Green Tomatoes is a case of a film acted with such skill and conviction that glaring problems of narrative, pace and structure seem like minor slips.
The movie never quite shakes its stiff, studied feel, just as the town of Whistle Stop never stops seeming the quaint creation of an art director.
Audience Reviews for Fried Green Tomatoes
Excellent movie about friendship and love. Kathy Bates' character befriends an old woman who tells stories of her past.
Always love a good southern movie, and well done coming of age drama
A bittersweet story about how the Whistle Stop Cafe brought together Idgie Threadgoode, Ruth Jamison & many others & a story to be told by Ninny Threadgoode to a southern woman, Evelyn Couch.
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|Judge:||Percy, it don't look like you got a case at all. In the first place, there's no body. Second, we got us a preacher that nobody's gonna dispute...|
|Prosecutor:||But your honor...|
|Judge:||I'm tellin' you, what you got is a whole lotta nothin'. I say that Frank Bennett got himself drunk, drove into the river and was long ago eaten up and I don't give a goddamn! What we got us here is a case of accidental death. Case dismissed.|
|Evelyn Couch:||I never get mad, Miss Threadgoode, never, the way I was raised, it was bad manners. Well, I got mad, and it felt great. I felt like could just beat the shit out of all those punks! Excuse my language. And then when I finish with all those punks, I'll take on all the wife beaters like Frank Bennett, machine gun their genitals, (imitates machine gun) eh-he-he-he-he-he!|
|Evelyn Couch:||Towanda will go on a rampage, I'll slip some tiny bombs into Penthouse and Playboys so they explode when you open them. I'll ban all fashion models who weigh under one-hundred-thirty pounds! And I'll give half the military budget to the people over sixty five and declare wrinkles sexually desirable.|
|Idgie Threadgoode:||One time, there was this lake, (pause) and uh, it was right outside of town. We used to go fishin' and swimmin' and canoein' in it, and uh (sniffle) this one November this flock of ducks came in and landed on that lake, and uh the temperature dropped so fast that the lake froze right there and then the ducks, they flew off ya see (voice breaking) and took the lake with them (small sob) and uh, now they say that lake is over in Georgia... (quite) imagine that.|
|Idgie Threadgoode:||(walks over to Ruth) (sobs and starts to cry)|
|Idgie Threadgoode:||There's so many (voice breaking) things I wanna say to you.|
|Ruth Jamison:||No, I love your stories. Tell me a story, Idgie.|
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