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Steel Magnolias

A group of Southern bells (Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah) gather regularly at Truvy's (Dolly Parton) beauty parlor for hair care, gossip and an opportunity to share the joys and sorrows of each others' lives. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: B
Sexual Content: B-
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 117
Theater Release: 14 Nov 1989
Video Release: 11 Sep 2012
MPAA Rating: PG
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Why Is Steel Magnolias Rated PG?

Violence: An angry man repeatedly fires blanks from a gun to scare off birds. He also shoots fireworks into a tree and jokes about shooting a bothersome neighbor. Family members argue briefly. Characters deal with a death.  A woman spits in a man’s face.  

Sexual Content: A woman’s fiancé sneaks into her bathroom while she is in the bathtub. She makes a reference to his male anatomy. A character talks about parking, skinny dipping and “things that frightened the fish.” A car is covered with inflated condoms. Naked male buttocks are seen in a football locker room while the men are changing. A woman refers to herself as “acting like a Jezebel.” Comments are made a about a homosexual character. A woman is embarrassed at receiving lingerie at her bridal shower.

Language: The script includes a handful of mild swear words, several uses of scatological slang, terms of Deity and a rude arm gesture.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters talk about a girl being high on drugs. Another character confesses to drinking and smoking to deal with disappointment. Characters smoke on several occasions. They drink at social events and at home.

Other: Characters deal with life-threatening medical issues. Injuries from medical procedures are shown.

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