The new material isn't completely new, though; this extended cut has been shown in the network television version of the film. Missing from the film is a suggestion of sexuality. One main character suffers spousal abuse while pregnant. Low-end is sparse, good for a few train rumbles and automobile crunches. While the processed look doesn't completely suffocate picture quality, it remains troublesome throughout, with haloing and a polite scrubbing of grain. Academy Award winners Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy star with Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker in this inspiring drama adopted from Fannie Flagg's best-selling novel.
When an unhappy housewife Bates befriends a lady in a nursing home Tandy she hears a remarkable tale of laughter, devotion and a special friendship that defies all obstacles in this heart-warming film from acclaimed director Jon Avnet. Though it might seem like a dialogue-centered film, in fact there are a number of scenes that make good use of the surround channels. In fact, one of the best decisions in the script of Fried Green Tomatoes is to interweave the stories of the two sets of friends. Mild judder and moiré is detected during one scene as well. During a visit to a convalescent home, Evelyn meets Ninny Jessica Tandy , a spirited resident aching for company. Evelyn is eager to come back for another visit with Ninny to find out what happened next, and so are we. Put in its most straightforward terms, Fried Green Tomatoes is the story of friendship: between Evelyn, a restless housewife Kathy Bates , and Ninny, a lonely nursing-home resident Jessica Tandy , and between two young women, Idgie and Ruth, in the tale that Ninny spins out from her memories of those long-ago days.
There's an intense sexual connection between Idgy and Ruth, though nothing sexual or romantic happens on-screen. Soundtrack cuts offer more depth, boosting the presence of the track. For any fan of the film, this is a very solid bonus piece. Extras There's a very nice slate of special features here. When an unhappy housewife Bates befriends a lady in a nursing home Tandy she hears a remarkable tale of laughter, devotion and a special friendship that defies all obstacles in this heart-warming film from acclaimed director Jon Avnet. She tells the story of a transcendent friendship between two young women living in Georgia in the 1930s, Idgie Threadgoode Mary Stuart Masterson and Ruth Mary Louise Parker , who forge a powerful bond after witnessing a terrible tragedy together.
Fried Green Tomatoes: Extended Version Academy AwardÂ® winners Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy star with Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker in this inspiring drama adopted from Fannie Flagg's best-selling novel. Avent employs a food fight scene to suggest eroticism, but it fails to register as anything more than forced silliness in a feature that doesn't need the tangent. Also of note: The subtext is that Idgy and Ruth are lesbian partners, though the film never shows anything that would make that clear. Scoring is sharp and pronounced, with satisfying instrumentation but little fullness. Widescreen Enhanced ; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital Surround; Subtitles: French, Spanish; deleted scenes; documentary; audio commentary; photo gallery; theatrical trailers.
But while Brokeback Mountain makes the homosexual relationship explicit between its two main characters, Fried Green Tomatoes merely hints that there might possibly be one - or at least that there is a certain attraction that could lead to one - if we are determined to find one. It's a shame that Fried Green Tomatoes didn't get the critical acclaim and attention that Brokeback Mountain did, because in this reviewer's view, it's by far the better film. It's invariably the case, though, that solid movies are much more than what the bare facts of the premise might suggest. In Flagg's book, Idgie and Ruth were largely acknowledged as a lesbian couple, creating meaning to their steadfast loyalty as they build a life together. Sexual Content Evelyn fantasizes about answering her front door wearing only cellophane. Tandy and Bates make a swell team, greasing transitions with their charm, while providing the picture with a necessary sense of humor to combat some rather dark turns of fate.
In any case, I certainly think viewers should pick up Fried Green Tomatoes in some form: it's a really solid film. A minute-long collection of short deleted scenes is included, along with about three minutes of outtakes, which are fairly cute. For that alone, the movie deserves respect. Evelyn's reactions, and her growing friendship with Ninny, also underscore the message of Fried Green Tomatoes: that friendship is of central importance in our lives, and in fact has the power to reshape our lives for the better, if we let it. It's appealing work from Bates, who avoids turning Evelyn into a pathetic mess, keeping the character bright and relatable, gradually coming to the realization that happiness can be achieved with a little discipline. Overview Evelyn works as a housewife in a Birmingham, Alabama nursing home, where she meets an elderly resident named Ninny Threadgoode. Skintones are acceptable without being remarkable.
He kicks her down a flight of stairs when she's pregnant, and viewers see her with a black eye. Attacking themes of aging and self-improvement, the story winds through the past and present, with Ninny's recollection serving as an entrance to flashbacks detailing Idgie's determination to remain in Ruth's life, clamoring for her attention. The two had a rocky start that eventually grew into a close friendship. Anecdotes and intentions are shared, and Avnet even visits movie locations, which have been preserved in Georgia, turned into a tourist destination. Lastly, we get a gallery of production photos and another of the film's poster campaign. Ruth moves to marry and live with a man out of state who eventually began to physically abuse her after she became pregnant. Spanish and French subtitles are included, along with English closed captions.
The film offers plenty of comeuppance for the bad guys, though, and focuses on the empowerment of women through their bold actions. Instead, Universal offers an older master that suffers from filtering. Overall, the colors are bright and vibrant, and close-up shots look nicely detailed and clean. Common Sense Note Parents need to know that this film is heartwarming but also contains many violent and scary scenes that are probably too much for young kids. More concrete is Evelyn's arc, observing the depressed woman habitually turn to food for comfort, finding light in Ninny's stories.