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Driving Miss Daisy

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Touching tale of an unlikely friendship.
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  • Review Date: June 16, 2006
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 1990
  • Running Time: 99 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Verbal racism and prejudice.

Violence

Mild car crash and mention of a synagogue being bombed.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

N-word and other racial slurs.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's racism and prejudice in this movie. Police officers refer to the two main characters as a "n---r" and an "old Jew." Though not shown, a Jewish synagogue is bombed. A man tells a story about a racially motivated lynching from his childhood. The beginning of the movie features a very mild, injury-free car crash and later, there's a frantic, upsetting scene that hints at Alzheimer's.

What's the story?

DRIVING MISS DAISY is the tale of an unlikely friendship between two people who need each other. Daisy Werthan (Jessica Tandy) is an elderly Jewish widow who needs a chauffeur and Hoke Colburn (Morgan Freeman) is a career chauffeur who needs income. The independent Miss Daisy resists being driven and Hoke, who was hired by Miss Daisy's son (Dan Aykroyd), employs patience and grace to make the transition. Hoke is a black man and though Daisy doesn't believe she is racist or prejudiced, she's confronted with the issue on more than one occasion. The two realize that though their income levels separate them, they are both targets of hatred based simply on who they are.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Though Driving Miss Daisy is charming and not at all violent or raunchy, it's nonetheless an adult movie. The themes of prejudice and racism and growing old are presented in a way that's a bit too heavy for young kids.

Grown-ups will probably enjoy watching the friendship that develops between the two main characters, though some may be put off by Miss Daisy's sour attitude and her refusal to budge on some issues that have to do with treating Hoke more like a friend and less like a servant. Hoke, on the other hand, is such a warm-hearted gentleman that he balances out the negativity and brings the most beauty to the film.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about racism and prejudice as well as friendship. What types of racism or prejudice have you experienced? Why do you think it's difficult for people to see beyond a person's skin color or religion? Do you have any friendships with people who are outwardly very different?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 16, 1990
DVD release date:April 30, 1997
Cast:Dan Aykroyd, Esther Rolle, Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, Patti LuPone
Director:Bruce Beresford
Studio:Warner Home Video
Genre:Drama
Topics:Friendship
Run time:99 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:mild language

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Teen, 16 years old Written bymoviemogul April 9, 2008

an excellent film on friendship in the time of segregation (and on)

I found this movie in my parent's old movie shelf, and decided to watch it. All I can say is: this is an American classic, that vrey much deserved all the awards it won, and takes a light side (in a respctful way) on the issue of segregation and friendship. Taht being the case howver, there are mild racial slurs, as is to be expected. But other than that, my whole family watched it, and there wasn't anything objectionable.
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Teen, 13 years old Written bygadi April 9, 2008

Incredible! Must-see!

This movie is touching, and even maybe if kids find it boring, they would still partly enjoy the great friendship. I cried... and I chuckled. The end is moving.

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