Melissa Rose Bernardo
April 18, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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

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