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  • Fried Green Tomatoes
    • Fried Green Tomatoes
    • Runtime:127 min
    • Release Date:2014-07-25 09:34:34
    • Director: Jon Avnet
    • Genres: Comedy, Drama
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MOVIE REVIEW:Fried Green Tomatoes
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*** This review may contain spoilers ***

OK, so here's why this film is the opposite of everything you've ever
been told it is: It's not a wonderful feel-good movie for the girls,
it's an ugly, violent fantasy in which justice is confused with
revenge.

Let's break it down: There are no primary male characters in this
movie. Of the secondary and tertiary ones, it could be said that all
the (white) males are evil or inadequate. Buddy is good, of course, but
inadequate. His own foolishness destroys him. Buddy Junior is equally
good but equally inadequate.

Frank, on the other hand is just plain evil, and in between are more
ambiguous male characters. The police chief is willing to help Idgie,
it's true, but only because of his lecherous interest in her, and his
mentality is thoroughly racist.

Of the male characters, only Big George is unambiguously both good and
adequate. But Big George is a black man. And black men are oppressed
men. In effect, they are not men at all: exempt on political grounds
from the critique levelled at white men, they are honorary women.

This movie, couched in soft colours and sweet music, is one of the most
casually misandric movies ever made. First of all, & most obviously,
there is the EATING of her Evelyn's murdered husband. But it happens
throughout the movie, as well, such as when Evelyn tells Frank "if i
was going to kill you, i'd use my fists". She fantasizes about putting
bombs in copies of Playboy and Hustler. "I'll take all the
wife-beaters," she says, "and i'll machine gun their genitals!" "You
didn't kill Ed, did you?" asks Ninny when Evelyn turns up late. "Not
yet," answers Evelyn with a smile.

The problem here is not that women will leave theatres and go on
killing sprees. The problem is simply the convincing presentation of a
cinematic world in which only women have a 'right' to be angry, in
which all women are victims, & all men – all white men,anyway – are
evil oppressors or inadequate burdens. To the extent that both women
and men consciously or subconsciously adopt this worldview, the mutual
hostility that now characterizes relations between the sexes will be
exacerbated instead of questioned or healed.

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I am running out of words to describe how good Fried Green Tomatoes
was. It may be two or three minutes too long, but other than that,
there is very little wrong with this film. The film is amazing to look
at, with gorgeous scenery and cinematography, and the score was
beautiful. Fried Green Tomatoes also has an intelligent and
heart-warming story, strong direction and some charming, funny and
touching dialogue as well. The ending was suitably uplifting, but I
admit I did shed a tear, mostly because I was so impressed by how
beautiful the film was.

Also superb is the acting. Jessica Tandy is absolutely brilliant in
this film, and quite rightly received an Oscar nomination. She plays an
old-timer in the American South, who tells stories of the bigotry she
encountered during her youth in the 1930s. Kathy Bates is a sheer
delight as Evelyn, a modern-day housewife who visits Tandy in the
nursing home and finds inspiration in memories from her past. Mary
Stuart Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker are terrific as well as Ingrid
and Ruth.

Overall, Fried Green Tomatoes is a lovely little film, wonderfully
acted and just very relaxing to watch. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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