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Thelma & Louise
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by Slyder

"Girl Power on the rise, right?"
5 stars

Thelma and Louise is capable of two things: giving men a big hit on the gut (like I felt it, somehow), and giving women a big boost. Probably that's the reason why this film was controversial in many ways. It's basically a standard in the topic of Women's Lib, Girl Power, and other pro-feminist groups. It's like back in the 60's when singer Nancy Sinatra released her Girl Power standard "These boots are made for walking." Now I'm not offending any of this, it was in my opinion a great film on the grounds of girlsploitation, though it's sort of exaggerated in some points. I was even more impressed that a guy like Ridley Scott would take such assignment and pull it off in a great way. The film delivers at the end, mostly because the two female leads are enjoyable, and the film entertains in a unique way that can get mixed opinions on any general audience.

Thelma Dickinson (Geena Davis), and Louise Sawyer (Susan Sarandon) are two bored and sexually oppressed girls, who at least for a day want to forget their beaus, Thelma’s husband Max (Christopher McDonald), and Louise's boyfriend Jimmy (Michael Madsen). On a night in a bar, during their hangout, a local tries to rape Thelma, Louise defends her by shooting him, and all hell breaks loose. They soon are fugitives of the law, and the entire thing turns into a road movie, picking up "cool" guys like JD (Brad Pitt), robbing a store, living the highlife and making a couple of men's lives miserable thanks to their dirty deeds. The law wants them, especially Hal Slocomb (Harvey Keitel), so they can stop their road trip and try to sort things out, but will they ever?

The reverse of the roles will always be discussed on this film. We usually see the males on leading roles, making shit explode, killing the bad guy, fucking and getting the right girl. Well, this time, the tables are turned for the girl side, and now we see the girls going out, doing whatever they want, and kicking the guys asses. The feministic points of view are important though. Women are not going to be the dominated side no more. They are human beings like us and they deserve respect, since they can be as cool and as wicked as ordinary guys can be. Girls can be tough, as this movie shows, and can really surprise you if you’re just a dumbfuck looking for some easy bitch. Basically because of these attitudes, which are thoroughly portrayed in the film, is the reason of why the film kicks the boy's side on the balls, because you're not used to see anything like this. Some tough examples are the “cop” and the “nasty truck driver” scenes, since we get to see the girls be even more cunning than men, and doing things that only men could do. But whoever said that women couldn’t do a man's job? This movie is basically one of the few films that shows us the meaning of Women's Lib, with an In-your-face attitude, though in some parts of the film men are almost treated like trash, so that's one lean objection since the movie should show both sides in a more even way, with of course the women side should have all the highlights, but still, thanks to the films message its worth watching.

Even more the film is boosted to an entertaining road trip thanks to the great performances of both Davis and Sarandon, who were Oscar nominated for their roles. Their performances make the characters believable and very entertaining. The rest of the supporting cast was also good, especially Harvey Keitel and Brad Pitt. Ridley Scott shines in his pre-gladiator glory, showing that he's a reliable director for any type movie besides sci-fi.

In the end, I recommend this film to anyone. Besides recommending women who feel a little down to watch this so they can raise their spirits, men should also see this film because it wasn't made to make men feel bad, but to see that so they can see that a woman can do shit men never thought of before. What can be wrong with that? Besides it's entertaining.

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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2005 Brisbane Film Festival. For more in the 2005 Brisbane Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

5/12/18 Ed Riddick Great acting and photography, masterful direction. Some plotholes distract. 4 stars
9/13/17 morris campbell good girl power flick 4 stars
5/31/16 Randy Knorr Film was good, I was drunk and like guys 3 stars
3/18/16 ed shandis I wish it were 2 men, I like men 3 stars
1/04/10 Jeff Wilder Quite good 90s female empowerment answer to Bonnie and Clyde 4 stars
3/06/08 Quigley Possibly Scott's best film. Sarandon and Davis are excellent. One of the best endings ever 5 stars
10/24/07 Ivana Mann Awesome movie!One of the saddest & most powerful endings ever. 5 stars
6/09/07 fools♫gold I had doubts on Ridley Scott films; this is a hell of a way to convert me otherwise! 5 stars
2/07/07 David Pollastrini all the women in this film are hot! 4 stars
12/21/05 cody a very good movie with great directing by ridley and great perf by susan and geena , gold 4 stars
10/04/05 Jesse Taylor One of the top 5 films of 1991. Sarandon and Davis are partner gold. Classic ending. 5 stars
6/12/05 TheOthersFan OK, the scriptwriter works herself into a corner and opts for sending the car off a cliff?? 4 stars
2/16/05 kathleen4691 One of the best endings ever made 5 stars
3/04/04 Monster W. Kung Ridiculous, retarded trash. 1 stars
6/26/03 cochese Someone shoot Sarandon please 1 stars
5/08/03 mr. Pink Perfect! Sarandon and Davis give their best perfs here. One of Ridley's best. 5 stars
3/07/03 Andrew Carden Occasionally Hilarious Chick Flick. A Bit Overlong. 4 stars
10/14/02 Charles Tatum Yes, yes, men are pigs, women are perfect, now fetch me a beer 3 stars
6/27/02 R.W. Welch Butch and Sundance in drag; has an air of artifice about it. 3 stars
4/23/02 Brianna Hoskins entertaining, cute 4 stars
3/14/02 Butterbean I wanted to like this movie, it seemed silly to me. 2 stars
3/03/02 Aileen Wuornos and Lorena Bobbit Our heros kick ass. Most relevant film since REEFER MADNESS! 1 stars
10/04/01 Miranda Pauley BEST MOVIE EVER!!!!!!!WATCH IT!!! 5 stars
9/23/01 Larry Smith "Gena...will you marry me?" 4 stars
9/02/01 svetlana fucking fucked up society 4 stars
8/20/01 Donald Cockram Not worth commenting about. 1 stars
7/27/01 Henry Ginsberg Great support acting .Gets a bit baoring in the middle . 5 stars
7/08/01 Caligula FUCKING PATHETIC!!!!! 1 stars
6/13/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) This is, hands down, the best girl-power flick EVER; anyone who disagrees can kiss my ass! 5 stars
6/06/01 Dean Again, Scott makes the lead characters the voice of freedom, anybody else a corrupt idiot. 2 stars
5/27/01 Edward Shandis Are they available for a threesome? 4 stars
5/17/01 Kate parker i thought it was fantastic movie very powerful characters so strong in there actions. 5 stars
4/01/01 Jesse L as a movie here's how i would rate it... 1 stars
3/07/01 master.node If this wasn't a feminist anthem, how would you rate it? 3 stars
2/20/01 Jake Humor and Angst 5 stars
1/17/01 Jess Prouse Good film with many indepth elements to discuss. 5 stars
1/08/01 Elizabeth Clarke I think it was an adventurous and very interesting film. 5 stars
12/19/00 Marnie Johnson Best film I´ve seen 5 stars
10/21/00 Alayna Medine This is such a good movie for all women 5 stars
10/18/00 Odeta Raelly beautifull 5 stars
5/12/00 Rosa Hoffman very suspenseful 5 stars
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