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Driving Miss Daisy


JESSICA TANDY stars in this is the touching tale of an unusual quarter-century friendship between an eccentric elderly Southern Jewish matron and her loyal, black chauffeur.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
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0 out of 5

Touching tale of an unlikely friendship.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's racism and prejudice in this movie. Police officers refer to the two main characters as a "n---r" and an "old Jew." Though not shown, a Jewish synagogue is bombed. A man tells a story about a racially motivated lynching from his childhood. The beginning of the movie features a very mild, injury-free car crash and later, there's a frantic, upsetting scene that hints at Alzheimer's.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about racism and prejudice as well as friendship. What types of racism or prejudice have you experienced? Why do you think it's difficult for people to see beyond a person's skin color or religion? Do you have any friendships with people who are outwardly very different?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: For Tandy, it's her most substantial film role since her sublime work in Alfred Hitchcock`s 1963 The Birds, and she takes full advantage of it; never playing for sympathy, she earns it completely.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune, Monday, January 6, 2014

Fresh: It's a bland but decent film that I liked without loving it.

- Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Driving Miss Daisy spans a quarter-century in the intricate relationship of a Southern dowager and her chauffeur, and it is a movie that invites you to appreciate the passage of time in more than one way.

- Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer, Monday, January 6, 2014

Audience Reviews

4 stars

It(TM)s easy to admit that during the course of this film, we never see character Daisy in either one of her car(TM)s front seats. Contrarily, all actor Jessica Tandy does in her role IS take the front seat. I love Morgan Freeman. In fact, if you asked me to name any one of his roles that his disappointed me thus far, all I could do to respond is stare into space and evoke continuous filler words. But the one who really delivers here is Tandy. When we first meet her character, we(TM)d want to kill her. She wants nothing of Hoke, and she even seems to shun her son upon his hiring him. Yet she claims to never have had an ounce of prejudice in her heart. Tandy gradually turns her character from someone so despicable into someone who enjoys having the company of Hoke. Her character actually, believe it or not, becomes a bit enjoyable; it(TM)s difficult to even imagine someone other than Tandy taking on such a drastic change of character. DRIVING MISS DAISY was an interesting film. It(TM)s not totally implausible that an elderly 1960s white woman would befriend a black man, so it(TM)s quite realistic. Add the fact that she(TM)s Jewish in and somehow it seems a bit more authentic. Other than the flaws of the script, this was a solidly decent movie. It has its time for light humor, and it has the power to even share with us the laughter Hoke and Miss Daisy enjoy as their friendship solidifies. Furthermore, this is a heartfelt drama that can blend those sweet moments with more sentimental moments. For anyone remotely intrigued by the story, it(TM)s well worth a watch.

- spielberg00, Monday, June 4, 2012

3 stars

This is an undeniably sweet movie, that you cant help but enjoy, i love morgan freemans laugh in this movie its so funny, although at times the uneducated character can become a bit annoying, that said it is a sweet, amusing movie, its debateable whether it is solely deserving of the awards although the acting is superb the movie is nothing spectacular to make you wow i love that movie its amazing because it quite simply isnt. I did enjoy and is worth the watch! sweet drama comedy.

- FiLmCrAzY, Thursday, May 17, 2012

4 stars

Morgan Freeman is as brilliant as always, as Hoke, a chauffeur for Miss Daisy, as her everyday ventures are very eventful. He helps her through her life, and we get many side plots about life along the way. Most of the sets represent perfectly, what is the time period it is set in. I did find some of the conversations between Hoke and Miss Daisy to be a little annoying a frustrating at times, but that is mostly due to the fact that Hoke's education is less than average. Through some terrific acting by a wonderful cast, a script that represents true life emotions with perfection, and a story that is sweet enough to call great, "Driving Miss Daisy" is a great film for many reasons. It is not the masterpiece like some people hope it to be or say it is, but in the end, that doesn't matter, you just smile. "Driving Miss Daisy" is blissful!

- fb733768972, Saturday, February 11, 2012