Truvy Jones (Dolly Parton) runs a beauty salon out of her Louisiana home. Her new employee, Annelle (Daryl Hannah), finds herself quickly enfolded into a circle of old friends
Truvy Jones (Dolly Parton) runs a beauty salon out of her Louisiana home. Her new employee, Annelle (Daryl Hannah), finds herself quickly enfolded into a circle of old friends and the drama of their own lives: M’Lynn (Sally Field) and her daughter Shelby (Julia Roberts) are getting ready for Shelby’s wedding; Clairee (Olympia Dukakis) and her best friend “Ouiser” (Shirley MacLaine) take Annelle under their wings. But tragedy comes into their lives, and these wonderful women must navigate their own interpersonal histories while coming together for each other.
We tend to be nostalgic about cultural artifacts that speak to us in times of particular life transition – after all, this movie series is also presenting Stand By Me, Sixteen Candles. Steel Magnolias is a coming-of-age story too, just for a different age, one that doesn’t typically get much media attention. Learning to reckon with death not as a monster to be evaded or conquered but as a necessary part of the life we’re all living is just as important as learning to deal with the overstrong feelings of adolescence. But Steel Magnolias is another rare thing, as well: a movie that takes women and their relationships with each other seriously. It tells a story about the continuity of love among women and how friendship binds us together through time and circumstance.