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Still shot from the movie: Steel Magnolias.

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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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

How do these women support one another? What role does each play in their shared friendship? What strengths do they display?

How is the mother and daughter relationship portrayed? Why is M’Lynn reluctant to let her daughter grow up and make her own decisions? Why can it be difficult for some mothers to step back from their parenting roles and take on an adult relationship with their children?

How do the characters deal with death? What role can appropriate humor play in a time of sadness? How does Clairee help lighten the mood after the funeral?

How does Truvy treat her husband even when he chooses not to participate with her in many of the local activities? Is this kind of respect important in a marriage? Why is he hesitant to do more with Truvy? What does he do to show his affection?

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