Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

Director: Jon Avnet
Screenplay: Fanny Flagg

Cast: Jessica Tandy, Kathy Bates, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary Louise
Parker, and Chris O'Donnell

Studio: Universal
Rating: PG-13

First Appeared in The Music Box, July 2006, Volume 13, #7

Written by Tracy M. Rogers

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Fifteen years after its theatrical release, director Jon Avnet and Universal Studios have reissued the cinematic adaptation of Fanny Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes. Revolving around relationships between two sets of female friends — one contemporary and the other from the 1930s — the film features stellar performances by Kathy Bates, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary Louise Parker, and the late Jessica Tandy. A murder mystery, premature deaths, and race relations dominate the old-time storyline, while marital woes and a blossoming friendship are at the forefront of the present-day scenario. Among the extras augmenting the anniversary edition of Fried Green Tomatoes are a paltry collection of deleted scenes, some very humorous outtakes, an insightful documentary on the making of the movie, director Jon Avnet’s notes as well as his feature-length commentary, and numerous production photographs and posters. Many of these items are solely of interest to fans of the original motion picture, though the documentary Moments of Discovery: The Making of "Fried Green Tomatoes" is notable for including author Fannie Flagg’s discussion of her work. All in all, the anniversary edition of Fried Green Tomatoes is probably best suited to those who wish to know more about its creation, though the film itself remains the gem that it always was.

Original Film — starstarstarstar ½

Bonus Features — starstarstar ½

Overall Rating — starstarstarstar

Fried Green Tomatoes [Anniversary Edition / Expanded Version]
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Ratings

1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Viewable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!

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