The ladies of Chinquapin Parish, LA - M'Lynn, her daughter Shelby, Truvy, Annelle, Clairee, and Ouiser - are a true combination of Southern sweetness and steel. With Shelby's wedding to Jackson Latcherie on the rise, the women have a lot to look forward to and plenty of laughs to share. They also share plenty of tender moments after Shelby's marriage, as Shelby and My'Lynn deal with some major medical upheaval. Shelby longs to have a baby, but her severe diabetes may cause life-threatening complications. The Latcheries' applications for adoption has been refused, so all the Magnolias must come together to support Shelby's final decision, painful as it may be.
All six of these women have distinct personalities that shine through in the film. Shelby and M'Lynn disagree, sometimes sharply, but treat each other with love and respect. The older women mentor and mother young Shelby and Annelle with somewhat mixed results (we'll get to that). And whatever external events threaten to knock them off their feet, the Magnolias remain strong as ever.
Swearing is a big caveat here. Ouiser has a sailor mouth, which she particularly enjoys using on Shelby's dad. Jesus and God's names are abused. Annelle is portrayed as the group's only Christian, and her version of Christianity is pretty legalistic, making her the butt of tasteless gossip from the other women. Sex, including homosexuality, is discussed. Offhand remarks are made about purchasing babies. As noted, the ending is definitely a three-hanky special. Be discerning with your younger teens, but adults and older teens should feel free to enjoy.