Parents' Guide to

Fried Green Tomatoes

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Heartwarming '90s classic has some language, violence.

Movie PG-13 1991 137 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 13+

Bates gives a top-notch performance!

Bates is great! Of course...Tandy, Masterson and Parker are fine, but Bates elevates the film. Whenever she is on the screen the film vibrates with a specialness that is sorely missed when she is not in the viewfinder. It is a shame that the film does not come through and make the invisible visible with the love story between Masterson and Parker, which is obvious to everyone. The film seems to have a lot of death for a small town kind of film, but it begins to play with its depictions of death as the film goes on. A bit predictable, but still enjoyable, especially Bates.
age 18+

Is nobody going to mention the cannibalism? Disturbing film.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (12 ):

Like all good Southern gothic stories, FRIED GREEN TOMATOES serves up a heaping portion of tall tales, scary situations, and explorations of social issues. The story unfolds in ellipses and fable-like flashbacks that make it both spellbinding and frightening, teaching viewers the importance of altruism.

Fried Green Tomatoes wouldn't be the long-standing favorite it is without the phenomenal performances of some of the day's best actors. Bates, Tandy, Cicely Tyson, and Parker bring this tale to life. They also raise questions about whether the way we deal with issues like homelessness and racial intolerance is much better today.

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