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Flashback Friday - Steel Magnolias

Steel_magnolias  If I had to pick the movie I most often quote, it'd be Steel Magnolias with a bullet.

In 1989, Herbert Ross directed the screen version of Robert Harling's play by the same name, about strong Southern women shooting the shit in a hair salon throughout two weddings, two births and a death. It's hilarious and touching with strong performances all around, even though I usually don't think much of either Julia Roberts or Daryl Hannah as actors.


I watched this movie dozens of times with my mom, who is also a big fan, and as a result, I pretty much know it by heart. I'm not alone here—Miss Banshee and kdiddy both can probably act out the whole two-hour film with me, and I'm going to make them do just that the next time we have a MamaPop summit.

Despite knowing every line and every inflection almost as well as I know my name, I still watch Steel Magnolias when I'm sick or feeling the need to cry and laugh, because "laughter through tears is my favorite emotion!" 

Here is the scene that reduces me to tears every time thanks to the amazing Sally Field, followed by gut-busting laughter courtesy of Olympia Dukakis and Shirley MacLaine:

Now if you'll excuse me, I think I need to go change back into my pajamas and pop this one in the DVD player for the eleventy-thousandth time.

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My all time favorite movie, it never gets old. I love it more than my luggage ;)


One of the bigger regrets of my failed marriage is not having the armadillo cake. Oh, and not marrying a cheating sumbitch. But I regret the cake more.


I was tempted to use blush and bashful as mah wedding colors. I didn't, mind you, but the temptation was there. Just so I could go around saying, "mah COLORS are blush and bashful!" If the mamapop team needs another person to recite it line for line, I am available to play all parts. Alghough I would probably prefer Weezer.


I hope i'll be like Clairee when I'm older, but i'll probably end up like Weezer. "I'm not crazy, M'Lynn, I've just been in a very bad mood for 50 years!"

And I'll be wearing overalls, a funny hat and growing way too many tomatoes.


Love this movie like Weezer loves her track lighting. Put in by her nephew Steve.


I also would like to end up like Clairee when I'm older. After all, "If you don't have anything nice to say, come sit by me!" And I have been known to describe poorly fitting clothing as looking "like two pigs, fightin' under a blanket."
Obviously, I'm available to help reenact the movie.


The two I probably use the most are "I love ya more than my luggage." and "There is no such thing as natural beauty."

I also like "The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize."

Redneck Mommy

Weezer is my life hero. I aspire to be just like her when I'm all growed up.

Alicia @bethsix

Have you seen this one? Awesome.


Domestic Spaz


I guess I know how I'll be spending the next couple of hours. :)


Steel Magnolias is my DIY therapy. It's my stress/anxiety/PMS relief. It's my favorite movie ever, and I can round out the official Mamapop reenacting troupe, since I know the whole thing backwards and forwards.

(Including that it's actually Ouiser, short for Louise, not Weezer.)



"Ouiser! You look almost cheerful...did you run over a small child or somthin'?"


While there are many gems of wisdom to be culled from Steel Magnolias, I think the one that should be tacked on to the golden rule is Shelby's quote of her father: "Daddy always said, 'an ounce of pretension is worth a pound of manure.'"

I live by this rule, and it has served me well.


Oh, I am so Ouiser. Because 'I'm not as sweet as I used to be.'

Love this movie.

Fawn Amber

"What kind of dog is that?"

"If it had hair, it'd be a Saint Bernard."

OMG. My sister and I quote this movie ALL the time. I am definitely available for a reenactment at your leisure.

And this? Is hilarious http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HhbNtN4bMM


"I've just been in a very bad mood for the past forty years!"

Can I tell you that I had this saved in my DVR for the past two years? And today I got a new HD cable box to go with my new HD TV? And I almost cried because it won't be there whenever I want to watch it (usually at 2 am when I can't sleep) anymore?

One of my favorite, most quoted movies of all time. I want to be Clairee. Or Ouiser. And live in Chinquapin Parish.


I wanted to be Clairee. She was always having the most fun.


"Ousier, you look like hammered shit."

"Don't you talk to me like that Drum Eatenton."

"Whoops, sorry, you look like regular shit."

OK I'm done now.


Favorite scene in the whole movie. FAVORITE movie ever!

Suzy Q

"I promise that my personal tragedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair."

I love this movie, too.


Sorry, but had to add one more!
"He's a real gentleman. I bet he takes the dishes out of the sink before he pees in it."


I love to quote this movie & stop to watch it whenever it is on TV. My husband has even gotten into it. Just in the last 2 weeks I used this quote with a friend:
Truvy: Well, these thighs haven't gone out of the house without lycra on them sice I was 14.
Clairee: You were brought up right.


Oiusa is my hero.

Oiusa: Drum?
Drum: Yes, Oiusa?
Oiusa: Eat shit and die [hacks off ass of armadillo cake and gives to Drum].

Also, whatever she says about "that grape shit" when Clairee is waxing poetic about the football players' uniforms.

Did any of them win Oscars? They all should have.

Snarky Amber

@Rachel. Oh you mean, "This is football! All the people wanna hear about are touchdowns and injuries. They don't give a damn 'bout that grape shit!"

Little Neddie

And this one:
Truvy, "I'm a chain!!!!"
Oh, and:
Truvy, "Honey, time marches on and eventually you realize it is marchin' across your face.
Oh, and one more:
Truvy, "Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion."
I'm done, really.


My best friend and I have declared ourselves the Ouiser and Claree of Gradschool.
We've both been in bad moods for the last five years, I'm just better at covering up.


"I promise that my personal tragedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair" has been among my Facebook quotes since I set up the stupid profile.

Who's the dork NOW, Amy? ;)

Marmite Breath

A couple of months ago I decided that Hadleigh needed to see this (she was 11 at the time) and she has quoted it ever since.


We did a girls "Steel Magnolias" trip with 3 generations of sister & daughter in laws a couple of years ago. Their house in the movie is a bed & breakfast in Natchitoches, LA and we all stayed there. We watched the movie & did a trivia quiz that night. It was a wonderful trip and the last with my mother-in-law, who passed away last year. So we all strongly identify with the movie.


Rachel, you forgot the last line of the quote, which is what makes it truly spectacular (and we also considered having an armadillo cake at our wedding!)

Oiuser: Drum?
Drum: Yes, Oiusa?
Oiuser: Eat shit and die [hacks off ass of armadillo cake and gives to Drum].
Drum: Aww, thanks Ouiser. Nothin' like a good piece of ass.

My husband often says "If you can't say something nice, go sit next to Susan."

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