Steel Magnolias parents guide

Steel Magnolias

Overall B+

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.

Release date November 14, 1989

Violence B
Sexual Content B-
Profanity C+
Substance Use C+

Why is Steel Magnolias rated PG? The MPAA rated Steel Magnolias PG

Run Time: 117 minutes

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Steel Magnolias
Rating & Content Info

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Why is Steel Magnolias rated PG? Steel Magnolias is rated PG by the MPAA

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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Steel Magnolias
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia Not Rated
Alberta Not Rated
Manitoba Not Rated
Ontario Not Rated
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video PG

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Cast and Crew

Steel Magnolias is directed by Herbert Ross and stars Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah..

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Steel Magnolias movie is September 11, 2012. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Steel Magnolias

Release Date: 11 September 2012

Steel Magnolias releases to Blu-ray on September 11, 2012.

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The accomplished actresses who make up the cast of this film can also be seen in Forrest Gump (Sally Field), Joyful Noise (Dolly Parton), Runaway Bride (Julia Roberts), Mr. Holland’s Opus (Olympia Dukakis), In Her Shoes (Shirley MacLaine) and A Walk to Remember (Daryl Hannah).