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Driving Miss Daisy
  • PG
  • 1h 39m
  • 1989
Certified Fresh82%
Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
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Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy star in the screen adaptation of Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Over 25 years, as the American South changes profoundly, the friendship between a highly independent, eccentric Jewish matron and the stalwart and very patient black widower her son hires as chauffeur endures and deepens, testing the limits of their differences . . . and similarities.

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Certified Fresh82%
Critics Consensus: Warm and smartly paced, and boasting impeccable performances from Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy.
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Common Sense Says
Touching tale of an unlikely friendship; some language.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Driving Miss Daisy is an Oscar-winning 1989 drama showing the close friendship formed between an elderly white woman and the African American man employed as her driver. The movie is set in Atlanta, from the post-WWII years to the Civil Rights Era. While on a road trip, a trooper refers to them as a "'N" word and "old Jew woman." Daisy's synagogue is bombed, not shown, which reminds Hoke of the aftermath of a lynching he witnessed as a young boy in rural Georgia, in which he found his friend's father hanging from a tree. While the movie avoids overt displays of racism or the direct actions of the Civil Rights Movement, it does show the complexities and contradictions of a society rooted in Jim Crow racism. For instance, while Daisy's son Boolie, a successful businessman, supports the message of Martin Luther King, Jr., he's worried that public expressions of support for civil rights would, as a Jewish American man in the South, cost him his business relationships. Daisy, while claiming not be prejudiced, doesn't invite Hoke to a speech she attends given by Dr. King until Hoke is driving Daisy to the speech; while falsely accusing Hoke of stealing from her pantry, she tells Boolie "they all take things, you know." For his part, Hoke, despite living in a world of overt and institutional racism, always maintains his dignity, and seems to find a way to make a system that is structured against him to work for in his favor. The movie explores these themes, as well as themes of trying to maintain one's independence while aging, and how the bond of friendship can transcend the challenging realities of time and place.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 13, 1989
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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