A tale of two friendships, one which existed several decades ago and another in the present day. Evelyn Couch (Kathy Bates) is a middle aged woman who has seen a son off to college and now finds herself trying to get her husbands attention again. One day while visiting a relative in a home she meets Mrs Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy) who begins to tell her the story of two old friends, Ruth and Idgie. Evelyn's visits become a regular occurrence as Mrs Threadgoode continues her story and the two women become good friends which helps Evelyn come to terms with her life and mid-life crisis.
At the same time we are treated to the story of Ruth and Idgie. Ruth has been asked by Idgie's mother to help tame her wild daughter and the pair form a strong bond which gets tested several times over the years by racism, an abusive husband and illness.
This is a beautiful movie about the wonders friendship. I've watched it many times and still love it. Several `laugh out loud' moments but also those which will bring a tear to your eye no matter how many times you watch it.
A must see for everyone.
on 13 January 2006
Fried green tomatoes is one of those return again and again to films,the more you watch it the more you like it.It tells the story of an old friendship within the story of the start of a new friendship. The acting is superb,the storyline poignant . It will touch your heart and also make you smile.
This film has it all what it takes to make a really great movie. It is well done, an impressive cast, deep emotions, drama, deep friendship, laughter and never in a tacky, unrealistic way. One can relate to these characters very easily. The switch between past and present works great. I was hooked from the very first moment. I share the previous reviewer's view that one can see it several times and not getting bored rather seeing different aspect of this excellent movie more clearly. This is "toowanda"... see the movie and you will understand what it means. For now 5 stars would actually not enough to give to this movie. Just see it!!! You really must!!
on 10 September 2013
Every time I watch this wonderful film, I see something new.
It begins with Evelyn Couch (Kathy Bates), an unhappy housewife - trampled on by almost everyone she meets - going to visit her husband's aunt in a nursing home. We don't meet the aunt, but the impression given is that to call the aunt "cantankerous" is to put it mildly. And she doesn't like Evelyn. While waiting for her husband, Evelyn meets Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy), who - over the course of several meetings - tells Evelyn the story of the hamlet of Whistle Stop, now a ghost-town, and the people who lived there.
The main story Ninny shares with Evelyn centres around tomboy Idgie Threadgoode (Mary Stuart Masterson), and Ruth Jamison (Mary Louise Parker), and their relationship and the complications that follow. Meanwhile, learning of Ruth and Idgie encourages the repressed Evelyn to take charge of her own life in ways that vary from the small, to the sublime, to the side-splittingly funny.
The performances are wonderfully strong, bringing each character to three-dimensional life. Jessica Tandy as Ninny is the kind of grandmother-figure we'd all want: spry, with a twinkle in her eye and a story to tell. Kathy Bates as Evelyn begins as a pitiable woman but - after passing through a wild phase, "Towanda!" (it'll make sense once you've seen the film!) - she grows into a more mature, stronger woman. Mary Stuart Masterson portrays Idgie as a free-spirit who grows into responsibility. Mary Louise Parker plays Ruth with quiet strength and dignity. And we can't forget Cicely Tyson's turn as Sipsey, the wry cook at the Whistle Stop Café.
At it's heart, this is a story about life, and about the small triumphs and tragedies that befall us. It's a story of friendship, and love, and family.
That may sound clichéd, but "Fried Green Tomatoes" is not a clichéd film. It's one of those rare films that manages to walk the fine line between drama and comedy, laughter and tears, and makes the audience connect with and feel for the characters without over-egging the pathos-pudding. It's a film that can make you cry watching a scene between Ruth and Idgie, only minutes before Evelyn does something in her bid for emancipation from boredom, and you're laughing again.
This film can be enjoyed by people all ages, whether male or female.
The film's rated PG, and there are dark themes consistent with the period of the 1920s-1930s, the setting of rural Alabama, and (sadly) with life in general, for example spousal abuse, racism, and death.
I'd give it 5-Stars, for a film that draws you into the entirely realistic world it creates, touches all emotions deeply, and refuses to be forgotten.
on 31 January 2010
You could, possibly, categorise this as a chick-flick.
But if you do, do not dismiss it as such.
One of my all-time favourite movies along with The Godfather 1&2; Pulp Fiction; and Betty Blue, to name but a few (for reference).
A middle-aged woman (Kathy Bates) finds herself becoming lost in a mid-life crisis.
Taking pity on an old lady (Jessica Tandy) in a nursing home, she is told the story of 'Idgie Threadgood' (Mary Stuart Masterson).
The two quickly become friends and news of Idgie's alter-ego T'Wanda becomes an inspiration for Bates' character and who begins to assume some of her strength and spirit when faced with 'modern-day' challenges.
Two touching and charming stories told simultaneously but set in two ages, generations apart.
Provides amusement, dismay, and excitement, all the way to the end.
I'm a big bloke and I've watched this a dozen times or more.
Cry every time.
If watching with your lady have some Kleenex hidden a safe distance away to avoid embarrassment.
on 8 November 2005
Fried Green Tomatoes is a great film, most of us already know this, just as we know that the only thing it lacks is for the romantic relationship between Idgy and Ruth to be realised on screen. Do not expect this from the extended version, the only hint of mysterious deleted scenes is at the end of a special feature documentary; while the credits roll - Ruth and Idgy are lying on a blanket (during their honey excursion). I'm surprised it didn't make the cut of the extended version. However, the documentary is good and the extended scenes, in the film, add a little more depth to the emotional ties between the characters.
This is the story of two young women's lives in the American South in the early part of the 20c. It is told to a middle aged women in the 1990s by an old woman in a home. The young lives were touched by early tradegy, which led to their unlikely lifelong friendship and the death of a an abusive husband. The lessons from the stories, and the friendship of the older woman transform the life of the unhappy middle-aged woman. It is very touching, funny and weepy. I shall watch this over and over again. Fiesty women.
on 25 May 2015
A long-time favourite, intelligently written and acted with considerable spirit and charm by a well chosen cast.
Even the minor characters (mostly the men!) are worth watching, but are quite outclassed as Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates completely dominate their scenes. Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker are both outstanding in their roles, and would be strong enough to carry a major picture, but are almost sidelined by the two more senior ladies. Luckily for the younger ones the two story lines mean that it is a bit like watching two separate films, and they have their own moments to shine.
Though not laugh-a-minute there are moments in this which are painfully funny, there are also moments of real sadness, a very delicate balance to strike and one which the makers of this film got just right. It received a number of award nominations, I am slightly dismayed that so few were successful and feel that it deserved more recognition.
This is apparently rated PG in the UK, not a huge amount is seen on screen, but there is a fair bit of implied violence which is in some ways more likely to have youngsters asking questions. There is also some robust language, though not excessive amounts. No matters to get excited about if viewed in context, but not issues I would wish to try to discuss with most children below about 12 years old.
on 20 January 2010
This is one of my favourite films as it has everything in - drama, mystery, humour and great characters. It flips between the present and the past - from a 1990's home to 1930's black repressed America. Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy star in the 'present', with plenty of humour from the repressed housewife - Bates, whilst Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker create a very close relationship in their 'Whistle Stop Cafe'. Love story? Not sure. You decide.