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By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat


Thelma & Louise
Directed by Ridley Scott
MGM Home Entertainment 05/91 DVD/VHS Feature Film
R - strong language, some violence and sensuality

Heading off for a holiday weekend together, Louise, a waitress, and Thelma, an unhappy housewife, stop at a roadside bar. The violation and the violence which happens there sets them off on an extended journey to Mexico. Along the way, they encounter a devious hitchhiker, an obscene trucker, an unsuspecting cop, and a group of customers in a store who witness what has to be the most polite robbery in history. The only sympathetic male in the story is the one they never meet personally — he's the Arkansas policeman who monitors their descent into deeper and deeper trouble.

Thelma & Louise is a rousing road movie about two women's journey of self-discovery. Screenplay writer Callie Khouri puts them through a series of outrageous situations which test their mettle and their friendship. Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis give stellar performances under the fast-paced and stylized direction of Ridley Scott. In the sun-drenched desert backdrop of Utah, Thelma and Louise get in touch with the wild women inside themselves. The dream of unbridled freedom is manna in the wilderness for them, and they realize they can never go home again. Thelma & Louise is a spell-binding film about personal transformation which is now more relevant than ever given the current backlash in America against free-spirited women.


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