Extended hen party for six Suthunnuhs who either patronize or work at a hair parlor called Truvy's Beauty Spot -- that's the social link between them. One-liners are passed around the group like canapés, and each of the top-line actresses (Shirley MacLaine, Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis) lays it on extremely thick -- and not just their accents (Dukakis's in fact is pretty patchy, letting her East Coast frequently peek through). Parton manages to be the least actressy about it, and Sally Field does well with the darker moments. But, as brutal a piece of audience leash-tugging as this is, she is always called upon to ruin such moments before long. Adapted by Robert Harling from his own play; directed by Herbert Ross. 1989.

1.0 stars

— Duncan Shepherd

  • Rated PG

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Comments

CuddleFish Jan. 4, 2010 @ 4:16 p.m.

Shirley MacLaine and Dolly Parton are the only reason to watch this movie. The accents are embarrassing, nothing is believable, the sad parts are so manipulative, the theme is tired. Dreck.

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Jay Allen Sanford Jan. 5, 2010 @ 12:18 p.m.

Other than Defending Your Life, Shirley MacLaine's presence is usually the best reason NOT to watch a movie. In all of Hollywood, only Dick Miller has appeared in more stinkers ----

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CuddleFish Jan. 6, 2010 @ 9:08 a.m.

My cat would bother to disagree with such ridiculous absolutist statements, but she's busy gakking up a hairball at the moment.

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Josh Board Jan. 6, 2010 @ 4:15 p.m.

Shirley was great in Defending Your Life. What a great film that was. Albert Brooks various facial expressions alone.

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