While this is a movie about four very different women, it is wrong to call it a “chick flick”. I’ve watched it several times — with large gaps of time in between — and it continues to resonate with me.
There are so many topics about life in general interwoven here — friendship, racism, aging, self-image, marriage, conforming to expectations — all handled with thoughtfulness and dry humor and spanning a long timeline across multiple locales.
Here is the wonderful scene where Cathy Bates achieves “parking lot justice” in a way that (let’s be honest now) most of us have at some point been tempted to try.
Personal connection: when I was about 12 years old I saw one of the movie’s stars — Jessica Tandy — perform at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis along with her equally famous husband of more than 50 years, Hume Cronyn. Their’s was indeed a one-of-a-kind relationship.