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 12+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 14 reviews

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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.
age 12+

Wholesome, fun, and emotional

Great movie with that 80s Southern charm. Some nudity involving several naked butts in a football locker room. This is in the 80s, so there are instances of smoking indoors, casual alcoholism, etc. Overall, good characters with a theme of friendship, family, and love.

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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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For kids who love strong female characters

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