Steel Magnolias (1989)
The Film: A group of women in small town Louisiana, deal with life, love, family while strengthening the bonds between them.
Why So Serious? Truvy (Dolly Parton) owns a Beauty Parlour, the centre of the relationship between the women. Shelby (Julia Roberts) is a diabetic who is getting married, M’Lynn (Sally Field) her disapproving mother.
Annelle (Daryl Hannah) is new in town, and may have just been illegally married. Clairee (Olympia Dukakis) is recently widowed, and finds distraction in her friendship with spiteful gossip Ouiser (Shirley Maclaine).
But the central story is that of Shelby, whose diabetic condition threatens her life when she decides to become pregnant, much to her Mother’s dismay.
Shelby’s pregnancy results in her being comatose. The baby is healthy, but Shelby’s kidneys are shot, and her mother offers one of hers.
It's all in vein however, as Shelby dies. In an effort to make everything better, Annelle decides to call her first born Shelby, cos that will heal all wounds…
Will It Make You Cry? Julia Roberts dies, that’s like losing a family member.
Will It Uplift You? Are you a sadist?
Cynicism Score: 6 – Most of the women end up enriched or better off, but all the men remain useless dicks.
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