Driving Miss Daisy

Movie review by
Maria Llull, Common Sense Media
Driving Miss Daisy Movie Poster Image
Touching tale of an unlikely friendship.
  • PG
  • 1990
  • 99 minutes
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Verbal racism and prejudice.


Mild car crash and mention of a synagogue being bombed.


N-word and other racial slurs.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's racism and prejudice in Driving Miss Daisy. 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywalker rice May 18, 2012

This is a great movie! Watch it!

I am 8 and this is a really touching movie. I think it is so sweet how two people who are different races and religions come together to be such good friends.... Continue reading
Parent of a 10 year old Written byndow March 11, 2011

Well worth watching with your kids, 10 and up.

This is such an awesome movie. Since my 10 yr old just spent a month studying black history, the racial slurs and discrimination were expected in historical pe... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
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... Continue reading

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?

Though this movie 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 Driving Miss Daisy  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.

Talk to your kids 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

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate