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The Movie with the Best One Liners Ever

“Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.” Dolly Parton pretty much sums up the classic movie “Steel Magnolia” with that line and it’s the essence of the film. “Steel Magnolia” is one of my “go to” feel good movies and I can recite it line for line. Not only did it have my favorite female actress in it, Julia Roberts, but it also starred many of the actresses that I have admired and have been thoroughly entertained by throughout the years.The two performances that stole the show and had the best one liners in the film were Ouiser (Shirley MacLaine) and Clariee (Olympia Dukakis), the two best friends that were forever giving each other a hard time, but deeply cared for one another.

Even though the movie came out 25 years ago, I can still watch it today (and do) without it ever feeling dated.The story all revolves around the small town gossip sessions the town woman have at Truvy’s (Dolly Parton) salon. Through the ups and downs of each woman’s life they all give one another support, and get through it with laughter and tears.

The witty banters between characters are a pleasant offset to the dramatic and heartfelt moments. Whether it’s Truvy’s opinion on her Son’s new Girlfriend, “The nicest thing I can say about her is all her tattoos are spelled correctly.”Clariee talking about her best friend, “Ouiser could never stay mad at me; she worships the quicksand I walk on.”Or when M’Lynn (Sally Field) suggests Quiser goes to her clinic to talk with someone due to her negative attitude, Ouiser responds “I'm not crazy, I've just been in a very bad mood 40 years!” This movie is packed with memorable lines.

“Steel Magnolias” is a comedy-drama that proves there’s nothing you can’t get through if you have a good laugh and a few good friends by your side. As Truvy says “Smile! It increases your face value”. This movie has always put a smile on my face.

More films from some of the outstanding actresses from "Steel Magnolias".

Some great moments from "Steel Magnolias"

Years after seeing the movie, I went to the play and what made this sence even more funny was that there was a man in the theatre sleeping through the play.

Great memories of a brilliantly funny and touching movie.

One of my favorite scenes from "Steel Magnolias".

Dolly Parton's latest CD Blue Smoke

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Is "Steel Magnolias" one of your favorite movies? What's your favorite one liner from the film? 29 comments

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SusanDeppner 6 months ago from Arkansas USA Level 7 Commenter

My husband and I watched Steel Magnolias for the first time just a few months ago and we both loved it. So sorry I put it off for so long. It's a wonderful movie that stuck with me for days. In fact, I guess it's about time to watch it again. Thanks for your spot-on review!


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TerriCarr 6 months ago Level 5 Commenter

I never saw this one either. But I love movies filled with snappy one-liners. This sounds like a treat.


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GrammieOlivia 6 months ago from Toronto Level 7 Commenter

Great movie and a great review........


tonyleather 6 months ago

Fabulous film very well reviewed here!


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serendipity831 6 months ago from Milwaukee, WI Hub Author

@TerriCarr: I hope you do check it out. It's definitely well worth it.


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serendipity831 6 months ago from Milwaukee, WI Hub Author

@GrammieOlivia: Thanks so much.


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serendipity831 6 months ago from Milwaukee, WI Hub Author

@SusanDeppner: Thank you and I'm so glad you enjoyed this movie.


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serendipity831 6 months ago from Milwaukee, WI Hub Author

@tonyleather: Thanks much, I appreciate!


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TJHousel 6 months ago from NE Ohio Level 4 Commenter

Great movie, great review.


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Brite-Ideas 6 months ago from Toronto, Canada Level 7 Commenter

Congratulations on ROTD - I can barely watch this movie, in fact, because it's so emotional, I tend to avoid it unless I know I'm in the mood to take it on! wonderful, moving, movie


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esmonaco 6 months ago from Lakewood New York Level 7 Commenter

Congrats!!! on review of the the day, A great movie for sure!!!!


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Imhere2write 6 months ago

Congo buddy!!ROTD!!wheres the party?


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serendipity831 6 months ago from Milwaukee, WI Hub Author

@TJHousel: Thanks so much.


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serendipity831 6 months ago from Milwaukee, WI Hub Author

@Brite-Ideas: Thanks much. True, it's emotional, but there's nothing you can't get through with some love and humor.


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serendipity831 6 months ago from Milwaukee, WI Hub Author

@esmonaco: Thanks much, I appreciate.


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junecampbell 6 months ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Level 5 Commenter

I haven't watched Steel Magnolias since it first came out. I should view it again because it was unique.


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aka-rms 6 months ago from USA Level 3 Commenter

Congratulations on being review of the day!


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shay-marie 6 months ago from Southern California Level 3 Commenter

The banter between Ouiser (Shirley MacLaine) and Clariee (Olympia Dukakis) is my favorite. I love this film (and pinned this review to my 80s Pinterest board). :)


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serendipity831 6 months ago from Milwaukee, WI Hub Author

@aka-rms: Thanks much!


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serendipity831 6 months ago from Milwaukee, WI Hub Author

@shay-marie: Thank you, appreciate!


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DebMartin 6 months ago Level 3 Commenter

Oh I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed this movie. I'll check my library's rent list now. Thanks!


Kathy_Jank 6 months ago

One of my favorite movies of all time!


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Ibidii 6 months ago from Northern California Level 6 Commenter

I never thought of this movie as the queen of one liners, but I love this movie. It is indeed very funny about a serious situation. Great review!


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Charito1962 6 months ago from Manila, Philippines Level 6 Commenter

This is one of my favorite films about women!


paulwatkinsonphotography 6 months ago

Great Film, i just love it


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AnonymousC831 6 months ago from Kentucky Level 3 Commenter

Great movie, I watched this just last night.


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Vikk Simmons 6 months ago from Houston Level 1 Commenter

Interesting lens and take on the movie.


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mansfisa44 6 months ago

Great lens! I love this movie.


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Arachnea 5 months ago from Texas USA Level 6 Commenter

i enjoyed the the movie when i saw it. though i haven't done a revisit of the movie, i like your review of it. nice touch including info from the play. congrats on lotd.

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