Steel Magnolias followed by A League of Their Own at 3.15pm and 5.30pm on Fiver

A southern woman who looks soft and pretty on the outside but is as strong as forged metal on the inside is called a ‘steel magnolia’.

Now, while it might be a bit cheeky to adopt this label since I’m not from the American south, I’m inclined to think that I’m a steel magnolia.

All of us women are, aren’t we?

We must be, because otherwise why are there so many films like this star-studded one today, about women who help each other through troubled times with wisecracks, loyalty and friendship?

Can’t think of any others? Then check out the gallery below.

Do men have an equivalent genre do you think? As far as I can see, male bonding movies generally tend to revolve around an activity like sport, or music, or the pursuit of sexy women. It seems to be a cultural taboo for men to sit around discussing their lives and their feelings too much, no?

Something to think about.

Geena Davis

In the meantime, don’t switch off after Steel Magnolias. After this slice of southern sisterhood there’s more chick flick fun on Fiver with Madonna, Geena Davis, Lori Petty and Rosie O’Donnell bonding over all-girls-baseball in A League of Their Own. What a double D-double bill treat!

Ha, ha, yeah, I know. Regular vistors to Movie Talk will have been wondering how I’ve managed to get through a post about Steel Magnolias without mentioning my idol-ly. Well, the truth is, I restrained myself as far as I could, but I’m afraid I can’t close without mentioning her, or the fact that opening sentence to this post isn’t mine, it’s hers. And, now you’ve got me started, well, it looks like 9 to 5: The Musical is wowing audiences on Broadway, doesn’t it? I do hope I’ll get a chance to see it. But in the meantime, I’ll just have to make do with Priscilla.