["Screenplay by Robert Harling's. Based on his play Steel Magnolias." Bah.]
The movie had a lot of laugh out loud funny moments (see selection of quotes below, for example) but I didn't feel a real deep connection. I do like the way that they developed the women's relationships, though the time shifts are often jarring sometimes -- most notably Annelle and Sammy get married next scene after we see them fight.
When M'lynn's standing in front of the casket alone, Truvy's the first to go to her, but then Ousier's the one to poke Clairee, then Annelle goes. I find it really interesting the increased softness of Ousier we see in the last... fourth? of the movie. "We turned off the machines" -- and here Ousier thrusts her hankie to her mouth.
M'lynn says, "I was there when she drifted in to this world, and I was there when she drifted out," says, "It was the most precious moment of my life," and I was willing to buy that though it wouldn't have been my stance. Clairee puts her hand up to Ousier's. (They are clearly made of OTP, throughout the movie.) But then she's all "I don't think I can take this," and "I was always ready to go first," which makes far more sense to me. When she was all "I wanna hit something..." I totally called the volunteering of Ousier :)
Ousier to M'lynn: "You're in my prayers."
I really liked that revelation of the fact that Ousier really is a Christian believer. And the fact that it then shifts to this grunting and sassing exchange didn't bother me much, especially since it was so very in character for how they all behave.
Was that Easter egg hunt at the end the first black people we see all movie? (This strikes me particularly given that it's a Southern movie and how many black people I saw when I was in Georgia. Though certainly we're seeing a very select slice of life in this movie.)
Shelby to her mother, on her siblings: "You should've drowned them at birth."
Truvy: "There's so much static electricity in this room I pick up everything except boys and money."
Truvy: "There is no such thing as natural beauty."
Drum to Ousier: "You look like hammered shit." / "I'm sorry. You look like regular shit."
Drum: "Whitey Black is a moron. I'm not even sure he has opposable thumbs."
Shelby: "And pink silk bunting draped over everything that would stand still."
M'Lynn: "It looks like it's been hosed down with Pepto-Bismol."
Truvy: "I don't trust anybody that does their own hair. That's not normal."
Truvy on her son: "I should have known he had problems when his imaginary playmates wouldn't play with him."
Drum to Ousier after she cuts him some armadillo cake: "Thanks. Nothing like a good piece of ass."
Ousier: "I'm not crazy, M'lynn. I've just been in a very bad mood for 40 years."
Clairee to Ousier: "Why are you in such a good mood? Did you run over a small child?"
Ousier: "I'm a terrible person."
Clairee: "No you're not. You'd give your dog a kidney if he needed one."
Clairee: "Ousier's never done a religious thing in her life."
Ousier: "Now that's just not true. When I was in school, a bunch of my friends and I would dress up as nuns and go bar-hopping."
Clairee: "A dirty mind is a terrible thing to waste."
Clairee (on Anne Boleyn): "She had six fingers."
Ousier: "What happened to the other four?"
Annelle on Shelby being a guardian angel: "And I personally feel much safer knowing she's up there on my side."
Clairee: "We'll sell t-shirts: I slapped Ousier Boudreaux." / "You missed the chance of a lifetime. Half of Chiquapin Parish would give their eyeteeth..."
Truvy: "Well I'm glad you two made up."
Clairee: "Ousier can never stay mad at me. She worships the quicksand I walk on."
Ousier: "They'd probably make me eat a live chicken."
Annelle: "Not on your first visit."