Steel Magnolias

Movie review by Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Three-hanky special, but with lots of laughs, too.

PG 1989 118 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 14 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 2+

Well, let's just say the film was about friends who want to move on their lives and do something good.

It has everything that we're looking for in a movie like Steel Magnolias. A great cast and crew who put it all together just right under Herbert Ross' deft direction. This also marked his final collaboration with producer Ray Stark, who died in 2004.

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Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 16+

Parents of T1D

I used to love this movie until my daughters T1D dx. Negatively portrays T1D life. Although most likely accurate for time period, it does give T1D life a very sad portrayal. If your child (especially daughter) has Type 1 Diabetes, do not watch . If you do make sure to discuss beforehand that this was made before sensors and pumps were available to prevent such complications.

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