Fried Green Tomatoes Set mostly in the picturesque back-country village of Whistle Stop, Ala., during the 1930s, this tale of two young-woman friends, Idgie (Mary Stuart Masterson) and… Fried Green Tomatoes Set mostly in the picturesque back-country village of Whistle Stop, Ala., during the 1930s, this tale of two young-woman friends, Idgie (Mary Stuart Masterson) and… PG-13 PT130M Comedy Drama Kathy Bates Mary Stuart Masterson Mary-Louise Parker Jessica Tandy Universal
Movie Review

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Rated: PG-13; Length: 130 minutes; Genres: Comedy, Drama; With: Kathy Bates, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker and Jessica Tandy; Distributor: Universal

Set mostly in the picturesque back-country village of Whistle Stop, Ala., during the 1930s, this tale of two young-woman friends, Idgie (Mary Stuart Masterson) and Ruth (Mary-Louise Parker), is at once a portrait of small-town sisterhood and a Southern gothic murder mystery. Masterson and Parker give lively and accomplished performances. Yet compared with the recent Rambling Rose (which it sometimes resembles), Fried Green Tomatoes is pushy, didactic, and not very well directed. An extended framing device set in the present day, with Kathy Bates as a put-upon housewife who becomes the fierce, confident, new-and-improved ''Tawanda,'' is the sort of ghastly idea that gives feminism a bad name. The movie left me wishing its sterling cast — including a radiant Jessica Tandy — had been better served. B-

Originally posted Jan 10, 1992 Published in issue #100 Jan 10, 1992 Order article reprints
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