I was interested in this movie after taking a look at the front cover of the DVD and seeing what a strong cast of female talent it had. 'Steel Magnolias' (1990) was a treat from start to finish, a comedy/drama centering around a group of very different women in a beautiful Louisiana bayou town, a simple story about love and friendship.
Julia Roberts is terrific as the lead character, Shelby, a young women who gets married and has a child, only for tragedy to strike due to her type one diabetes. The scene stealer is Shirley MacLaine as Louisa, a grumpy, acid tongued two-timed widow. The 'heart' of the film is Dolly Parton as hairdresser Truvvy and special marks should go to Sally Field who excels as the distraught mother towards the end if the film.
'Steel Magnolias' is a new favourite film of mine, it is beautifully-written, superbly acted out and just a brilliant piece of drama that should appeal to both men and women.