Review of Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

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Seen in 2018.

Nominally, cannibalism and the execution of all wife beaters by machine-gunning their genitals.

Some supporting characters are flat villains, indicating low writer empathy, and the lesbian aspect of the original novel is—shamefully—almost completely excised, but the script still includes a conspicuous amount of heroism: The illegal redistribution of food to a Hooverville, confrontations with the KKK over terrorism against blacks in Alabama, taking care of old people who are “not even family”, and a black woman murdering a baby-stealing KKK wife beater, who is the greatest villain of them all. Predictable over an impressive emotional range.

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