Here in Dec. of 2020 I'm watching this. Heard so much great, terrific things about this movie. But...meh, I found it overly white privileged and so Southern typical , laughable. Fine actors no doubt about it. I happen to love Dolly, Dukakis and Shirley. Enjoyed their parts quite well. But still it was just too 'white'. Sally Fields has the perfect pruned up face so typical of the southern woman. Even 'happy' she looked irked. The husband running around shooting at birds was beyond entitled feeling he had the right to annoying all his neighbors. Then you have the perfect daughter. Who knows she can't have children but she does it anyway, putting her mother in danger while taking her kidney. All because she must have her 'own' baby and because her husband put some pressure on her, which slipped while she tries to get her worried mother to be happy for her. Mother knows this will most likely kill 'her' baby. So daughter says, "I'd rather have 30 minutes of wonderful, than a lifetime of nothing". So a loving family, a husband who loves you at the moment ( iffy since it seems he wanted a bio kid), friends. Point is, having one kid is what makes a life wonderful period? I disagree and resent the writer making it seem all women can only have a wonderful like if they pop out kids. So she got about two years of wonderful. I don't know. The movie was alright, just too overly done. What I did love was the close friendships though. Women laughing and enjoying each others company , able to joke at each other, no one get all huffy and dramatic, women respecting women is always a delight to see.