I loved this movie from the first time I saw it, but it wasn't until I sat through it the third time that I figured out why. It is clever, exciting, and funny and is shot in the middle of the breathtaking scenery of the American Southwest. However, the thing that makes it special is its illustration of pure friendship. It may be difficult for some men to cross the gender boundary and connect with Thelma and Louise, yet doing so is critical to appreciating the film. If you can make the connection then you can get its message -- we all need a friendship like the one Thelma and Louise had. <more>
This movie will strike a deep emotional chord.....if you aren't afraid to let it. And if you happen to be too emotionally closed off to appreciate what I think the movie says about friendship I think that you will still enjoy the characters, acting, action, and humor. It is a ten out of ten.
I'll always love this film... It's one of my favorites. It touches you, it move you and makes you want to scream and shout, cry and laugh. Ridley Scott is a great director, and it was this film that really made me love him. It's so good. The filming is great, the art direction is appropriate and the soundtrack is amazing. It's a film about happiness, and how we can be kept away from it. And how women are supposed to just shut up and take whatever they are put through. It teaches you to never give up your dreams, live by your own example and take your life in your hands. We <more>
can't just sit around watching life pass by. And when you get the chance - take it. And never apologize for being you.See this film, just see it! It's rather old, I was only 3 when it came out and I didn't see it until it was a few years old. But this kind of movie never dies..Live your life and LOVE it!
We'll be drinking margaritas by the sea, mamasita! (by tragiclaura5)
Boy oh boy, where to start with this one? This movie affected me so deeply when it first came out. I saw it many times in the theater and was blown away every single time. Deep and powerful, yet hilarious and fun in many parts. This one is flawless. My girlfriends and I still quote lines from this. This movie is NOT man bashing. It has some very powerful things to say about choices, friendship and the life that you make for yourself. Truly memorable and the kind of movie that really stays with you.
Is it anti-male? (by s3019653)
A lot of people have dubbed this as a "chick flick" but I do not really like that term as it implies that men cannot enjoy watching it. Alien had a female lead and had parts that were sad but nobody would call that a chick flick. Also is every movie about male characters a guy flick? I thought this was a great drama and the acting was superb. No one can deny that this movie is a classic and has influenced the English language. I would also like to mention that I am a man. In response to people who bash the movie saying that it is anti-male; I would like to say that Thelma and Louise <more>
is simply a movie about situations that happen to women all too often. Women are raped everyday and women are abused everyday; this movie brings that into the light and says that it is not good enough. I do not believe that shooting the rapist was justified but at least he did not get away with it. The movie shows that by running away from your problems things only get worse. People have also commented that there are no men that are not portrayed negatively. Both the sympathetic police officer and Jimmy are likable characters. The purpose of this film was not to celebrate masculinity but to show two women breaking free from oppression. Not all women are raped or abused but it is something that is very common and it is relevant enough to be a theme of a movie.I was very moved by the movie and I gave it a 9/10
Almost perfect road movie about two women on the run (by freaky_dave)
Thelma and Louise is a rarity. It is a buddy movie about two women, and it is one of the best road movies to ever grace the screen.Louise Susan Sarandon and Thelma Gina Davis are two friends who plan a road trip into the mountains for the weekend. Neither one of their lives seems exciting at the moment. Louise waits tables at the local diner and is also waiting on boyfriend Jimmy Michael Madsen who is always traveling and seems destined to never settle down. Thelma is a sexually repressed housewife who lives at home with a self-important husband Christopher McDonald who doesn't <more>
seem to care much for her at all except when she is not fulfilling her house-wife duties like having diner made and the house cleaned.It is no wonder these two decide to take a trip for the weekend to the mountains to get away for awhile and have fun. Of course there is an event that happens not long after they have started their journey, and right after said event, things quickly spiral out of control as the two girls find themselves racing for Mexico with the law quickly on their heels.This movie could've been just another boring road picture, but both Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon along with a fine script and clever pacing by director Ridley Scott, make it much better. Davis and Sarandon have great chemistry together, and the script is loaded with offbeat humor to go along with its clever story. The movie is never boring because Ridley Scott makes it so by slowing the pace down at the right moments, and then picking it back up when necessary. I enjoyed all the characters, including the minor ones which included a cameo by Brad Pitt as the young hitchhiker JD who Thelma quickly falls in lust with.Some people may see this as the ultimate female picture, but I think it is more than that. Harvey Keitel is the inspector on the case who believes that these girls really aren't as bad as some may think, and his character is interesting as well because he seems to understand why everything involving the girls has lead up to this series of unfortunate events. Michael Madsen, as Louise's boyfriend Jimmy, also adds depth to his role as a man who though upset with what Louise is going to do understands and loves her still. These two characters add something more to the story which makes it less of a feminist picture without once taking away from the two leads. If that was even possible.My only gripe with the movie would be the ending. Not the way it ended but how quickly it rushed to the end credits. I for one, like Roger Ebert who stated the same thing in his review of the movie, believe that the ending should of lasted a little longer before fading out. That's my only problem, and it's the only reason why the movie doesn't get a perfect score from me.
You have to give it up for a movie that casts Michael Madsen as pretty much the only sane guy in existence. Thelma Geena Davis and Louise Susan Sarandon go off from their banal existences to a trip that heads up poop creek really REALLY fast. After shooting dead a would-be rapist, they both head for the hills where the law, personal freedom and, yes, Brad Pitt await! I hadn't seen this in quite a number of years, and it was great to come back to. I remembered a lot of it, but I noticed particularly this time the strong performances of not only of Davis and Sarandon, but of Harvey <more>
Keitel, Madsen who is actually amazing , Pitt, and quite underplayingly, Christopher Mcdonald. Ridley Scott puts these elements all together in one explosive package.
More than an exercise in male-bashing (by DeeNine-2)
This is an important commercial film aimed at blue collar women who feel victimized by both society and the men in their lives. Directed by Ridley Scott, who directed the science fiction classics, Alien 1979 and Blade Runner 1982 , Thelma and Louise is an on-the-lam chick flick with chase scenes , a kind of femme Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 , somewhat akin to Wild at Heart 1990 and Natural Born Killers 1994 but without the gratuitous violence of those films. Ridley Scott walks the razor edge between femme-exploitation and serious social commentary. Incidentally, the <more>
script is by Callie Khouri who wrote Something to Talk About 1995 and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 2002 which should give you an idea of how men are depicted here.Susan Sarandon is Louise, a thirty-something Arkansas waitress with an attitude and some emotional baggage, and Geena Davis is Thelma, a cloistered ingenue housewife with a yearning to breath free. Both do an outstanding job and carry the film from beginning to end. The characters they play are well-rounded and fully developed and sympathetic, in contrast to the men in the film who are for the most part merely clichés, or in the case of Darryl Christopher McDonald , Thelma's boorish husband, or the troll-like truck driver, burlesques.I have never seen Geena Davis better. Her unique style is melded very well into a naive woman who never had a chance to express herself, but goes hog wild and seems a natural at it when the time comes. Sarandon is also at the top of her game and plays the crusty, worldly wise, vulnerable Louise with tenderness and understanding. Note, by the way, her pinned up in back hair-style, directly lifted from TV's Polly Holliday "Kiss my grits!" who appeared as a waitress in the seventies sitcoms "Alice" and "Flo."Harvey Keitel plays the almost sympathetic cop, Hal Slocumb, and Brad Pitt appears as J. D., a sweet-talking twenty-something who gives Thelma the script for robbing 7-11s as he steals more than her libido.This movie works because it is funny and sad by turns and expresses the yearning we all have to be free of the restraints of society and its institutions symbolized in the wide-open spaces of the American Southwest while representing the on again, off again incompatibility of the male and female heart. The male-bashing is done with a touch of humor and the targets are richly deserving of what they get. The ending is perhaps too theatrical and frankly unrealistic, but opinions may differ.Best and most telling quick scene is when Thelma phones Darryl to see if he has found out about their escapades. Weasel-like, he is trying to help the cops locate them, but he is so transparent to her that all she has to do is hear his voice. "He knows," she says to Louise and hangs up.Best visual is when the black police helicopter appears suddenly, menacingly like a giant fly beneath the horizon of the Grand Canyon. Also excellent were the all those squad cars lined up like armored battalions aimed at the girls on the run.I also liked the scenes at the motel with J.D. and Louise's boyfriend. They were beautifully directed and cut, and very well conveyed by Sarandon and Davis, depicting two contrasting stages in male-female relationships.See this for Geena Davis because she was brilliant, vividly alive and never looked better.
Feminist road classic carries a full tank of gas. (by emm)
THELMA & LOUISE has to be regarded as a pure 90s classic that brought up a considerable amount of risk in creating a first-person feminist formula into a mainstream movie, which is often missing. It pulls off fantastically true in form, with the exceptional Southern character talents of the two lady fugitives on the run, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, who may stand out as memorable on the silver screen. Let's not forget that silly truck driver they pass quite often, and of course, cowboy Brad Pitt as a young student. While not needed to be fully reliant on action substances like <more>
gunshooting, there is good chemistry within its grasp. Every single minute should not be wasteful, as plenty of refreshing outbursts of enjoyment outweighs the familiar old plot of evading the police. The ending is a definite eye catcher, and also the riskiest ever filmed! Beware of this rip-off called GOOD GIRLS DON'T, another poor B-movie with no redeeming quality. Satisfyingly original, and highly recommended!
A pair of bored thirty something friends decide on a girl's weekend and in that time become the most wanted women in America. Not that bedding either Susan Sarandon or Geena Davis hasn't got its delightful aspects, but that's not the kind of wanted I'm talking about.The film is shot in some of the reddest part of red state America where gender roles and rules are laid down real specific and you don't cross them. Just these two women going out without husband or significant other partner of the opposite sex means they're loose and available.So when alpha male Timothy <more>
Carhart decides after some line dancing at a county honky-tonk that Geena's hot to trot, he decides to do something about it in the parking lot. And if she resists he certainly knows how to bring her in line. But when Sarandon pulls a gun on him he backs down very reluctantly. In fact Carhart's defiant attitude and assumed male superiority snaps something in Sarandon and she blows him away on general principles. After that they're on the run. Sarandon and Davis work beautifully together in Thelma&Louise. Close friends before the homicide takes place, they learn a lot about each other on the journey. They air out finally the way they feel women have been treated in their part of the country. Though I wouldn't recommend women act out quite the way they do, the film remains a great feminist manifesto.Harvey Keitel does a fine job as a caring police officer who wants to bring them in with no problems and before they run up a real criminal record. Christopher McDonald and Michael Madsen are the men in their lives, both in their different ways clueless as to what is going on inside Thelma&Louise. Just the fact they wanted a girl's vacation should have lit up some bulb.McDonald, Madsen are just two of the men these two get to degrade and humiliate on their merry race with destiny. One however that gets the better of them is Brad Pitt in his breakthrough role as a young cowboy they find hitchhiking and give a lift to. Despite their new found feminism, Sarandon and Davis are still quite vulnerable in some areas, as are we all.Callie Khouri won an Oscar for Best Screenplay written directly for the screen. Thelma&Louise got five other nominations including for both Sarandon and Davis for Best Actress. They split the balloting as is what usually happens and Jodie Foster took her second Oscar home for Silence Of The Lambs.Thelma&Louise is destined to be a classic and a feminist manifesto for generations.