YMMV: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

  • Crosses the Line Twice: The secret's in the sauce! The director was worried it might come off as a dark What the Hell, Hero? moment, but the audience in the test screenings thought it was hilarious.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: "Let's face it, honey, I'm older, and I have more insurance."
    • "P.S. I'm not deaf."
    • Reverend Scroggin's rescue of Idgie and George.
    • The Judge: As far as I can tell, Frank Bennett got himself drunk, drove into the river, was long ago eaten up and I don't GIVE A GOOD GOD DAMN!
  • Designated Villain: not a villain per se, but Evelyn's husband is portrayed In a very negative way. This is unfair as throughout the movie we never see nor hear of him doing anything bad to her or anyone else. He's not very exciting and clearly has interests that don't involve her, but he doesn't try to suppress her newfound spirit either. When it is inconvenient for him he merely gets annoyed but never says anything mean or regrettable. The only time he ever draws the line is when she wants to move Ninny in with them. He attempts to reason with her that she's both very old and not even family. Being as Evelyn has only known her for a short time, has only visited her in a facility where she receives 24/7 care, and despite being very old is otherwise in good health and could live for another 10-15 years strawman definitely has a point.
  • Tear Jerker: Oh so many different examples.
    • "Just let her go. Miss Ruth was a lady, and a lady always knows when to leave."
    • Smokey's reminiscing about Ruth, before he freezes to death.
    • Oddly (or perhaps not, all things considered), that final shot of the Whistle Stop Cafe, dilapidated and weathered and abandoned, with the whole town gone. It just seemed to encapsulate everything Idgie lost, everything we loved about her town.