A remake of Steel Magnolias, this time starring Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Alfre Woodard, Jill Scott, Adepero Oduye, and Condola Rashad (Phylicia Rashad's real-life daughter). Queen Latifah takes on the role of M'Lynn (Sally Fields), Condola Rashad is Shelby (Julia Roberts), Alfre Woodard as Ousier (Shirley MacLaine), Phylicia Rashad as Clariee (Olympia Dukakis), Jill Scott as Truvy (Dolly Parton), and Adepero Oduye as Annelle Dupuy-Desoto (Daryl Hannah).
The plot was realistic for the time the story has been written. But today women with T1 will most likely deliver healthy babies and have a healthy outcome. Thus the remake will repeat a disheartening story and will just deepen prejudices of the general public instead of educating them. I want to see a success story: mother in close control on a pump with a caring medical team and a healthy baby at the end. A story that is todays reality - of course with much efford and diligence.
I just learned the new version is exactly what I have imagined.
Darn it, I wish I had seen this post earlier. I would have love to see this. The first version had a deep impact on me and I wasn't even living with diabets then.
Last nite,I did not set the tv to record it. I thought it was coming on the NEXT Sunday. Maybe Lifetime will show it again this week.
Did anbody on Tudiabetes watch it?
I just checked, it will be playing at 8 pm tonight on Lifetime. I also watched the movie that came on after that, Abducted: The Carlina White Story, based on a true story of a kidnapped baby. That will be on at 10 pm.
That's cool that her diabetes wasn't an issue at all. There's a lot of grim diseases out there. I didn't catch it, I zonked out in front of the football game last night.
Oops, I just realized people might want to watch it tonight, so I deleted my original post so as not to give away the plot. I will say that the movie was very much in the present day and age, even mentioned Obama, and it was mentioned that diabetic women have successful pregnancies now. I'll leave it at that, it's a good remake IMO.
I am glad it is not a remake but a new take on diabetes. Applause!
I see that it is due to be on again tonight, so I won't go into details, only to say that it was pretty bad. I don't remember the original one that well to compare, but I'd say it is only a marginal improvement.
If I recall the original movie, the Julia Roberts character points out to her mom that diabetic women have babies all the time. But her mom insists that no, that won't work for her, she's "special". Ugh, I hate that. Is that some code word in Southern vernacular, for, like kidney disease? Or does it mean something else?
Queen Latifah was interviewed on NPR yesterday about Steel Magnolias and how it was her favorite movie ever. http://www.npr.org/2012/10/07/162404612/the-movie-queen-latifah-has...
What really irked me about the original movie was that there was zero chance of me identifying with the girly-girl movie aspect. I saw it with my girlfriend of the time because she wanted to see it but uggggh!!!! So instead like many here I probably identify it as a "diabetes movie" but really it isn't.
At the time some of the scary diabetes-related scenes freaked me out (having been diagnosed just..... 8 or 9 years before and not yet having had a major public hypo episode) but today what really pisses me off about the original movie was what's-her-name-played-by-Julia-Roberts Mom, using the word "special" to describe her diabetes compared to... I'm not sure compared to what. Other diabetics that aren't special? Was special a codeword in her head for diabetes?. God I hate that. If anyone other than my mom ever wants to refer to me as special, I'll show them just how special I am.
I freaking hated the original movie. I still shudder when I hear someone mention the title.