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How to Make an American Quilt

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Rollicking, soap-like tale of women's love lives.

Movie PG-13 1995 117 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Sad examples of women

The movie is already listed with some comments. One about smoking - but the comment neglected to mention that the smoking was marijuana, and talking about getting high.
age 18+

Hollywood world vs. the real world

I left this movie after the first few scenes. Only in Hollywood do grannies sit around smoking pot. Only in Hollywood does a wife leave the side of a dying husband and jump her brother in law. The final offense? It was boring.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

The women in this film are fascinating, and you want to hear more about them. They exemplify the very real reasons a woman might be afraid to tie herself down to one man. And the star power of the women playing them (including a cameo by Kate Capshaw as Finn's mom, Sally) is dazzling. To have a chance to see these talented actors come together to play off one another is a delight.

However, despite all that, it's hard to consider this a feminist film. There's a fine line between telling the silenced stories of women and dressing up a soap opera in Thelma and Louise clothing. At one point, Constance deadpans, "The hardest part of being a woman is having woman friends." At another, Anna says, "I've come to believe that (her philandering husband) Dean is more typical than not. The female keeps the nest and the male goes out and flaunts his feathers." What could be more "biology is destiny" than that? So be aware that the woman-power ethos is a veneer for a great old Southern gothic story and enjoy it for that.

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