October 6, 2012 6:35 PM

Lifetime’s ‘Steel Magnolias’ remake lacks the punch of the original

Remaking that rousing celebration of Southern womanhood “Steel Magnolias” with an African-American cast is such a great idea, you’d have to work very hard to screw it up. The team behind the Lifetime channel remake hasn’t screwed it up entirely, but they’ve somehow lost much of the heart and the humor from the 1989 Herbert Ross film based on Robert Harling’s play.

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