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Thelma & Louise Review

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  • 5.0

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    Universal acclaim
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  • 100

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    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    It reimagines the buddy film with such freshness and vigor that the genre seems positively new.

  • 75

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    Entertainment Weekly

    Never quite connects with us emotionally, yet the more it shades off into the gonzo-poetic, the more fun it becomes.

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  • 90

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    Even those who don't rally to pic's fed-up feminist outcry will take to its comedy, momentum and dazzling visuals.

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  • 90

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    Sarandon and Davis give superb, wonderfully interactive performances: funky, fierce, funny and poignant. [27 May 1991]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Now-classic feminist road movie best for very mature teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie, which includes a graphic attempted rape, the violent on-camera shooting death of the rapist, further gunplay, suicide, lusty consensual sexual activity between two adults, non-stop strong language ("f--k," etc.), and frequent alcohol consumption and drunkenness is for mature viewers only. In addition, the film’s adult theme involves female oppression at the hands of men and their struggle -- at great cost -- for respect, independence, and free will.

  • Families can talk about if they think Thelma and Louise's actions were justified given their treatment by men. Why were they reluctant to turn themselves in? What does this movie say about gender politics?
  • Are Thelma and Louise positive role models or not?
  • How did the violence in the film affect you? What about the final scene? Was it exhilarating, depressing, something else?

The good stuff
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    Messages: It is important to take control of your own life and determine your own destiny (though the method Thelma and Louise choose is not recommended). At the same time, you must take responsibility for your actions. Women and girls do not have to accept being victimized, nor should they put up with tyrannical or predatory male behavior. Males should be held accountable for any misogynistic or paternalistic conduct.

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    Role models: Over the three-day odyssey portrayed in this film, both Thelma and Louise are transformed from easy targets of male oppression and/or neglect to mistresses of their own fate. They triumph over their victimhood and learn the value of friendship, independence and an indestructible spirit. That said, they engage in lots of illegal and other questionable behavior along the way. With one exception (a sympathetic law enforcement officer), the men are characterized as bullying, exploitive, ignorant, ruthless and/or dishonest.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A violent attempted rape sequence in which one of the two heroines is hit hard, mauled and has her clothes ripped. A fatal point blank shooting. A gun pulled on a police officer, he's forced into the trunk of his car. Lead characters blow up a tanker truck. Numerous car chases, crashes, explosions, and a dramatic suicide.

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    Sex: A sex scene between two consenting adults includes partial rear nudity, kissing, foreplay, and some brief glimpses of sexual activity. Other scenes contain some kissing and embracing between lovers.

  • language false5

    Language: Continuous swearing throughout the film. Countless uses of: “f--k" (in many forms), "c--k,” "s--t," “a--hole,” "suck my d--k,” "Goddamn," “Jesus Christ" as an exclamation, “hell,” "bitches,” and more.

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    Consumerism: Logos for Coca Cola, Thunderbird, Texaco, Chevron, Union Oil, Ryder trucks.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Alcoholic beverages are consumed throughout, including while operating vehicles, and to excess upon numerous occasions. Drunken behavior gets the heroines in trouble early in the film, and they continue drinking as their plight intensifies. Louise is a non-stop smoker. Other characters, including Thelma, smoke frequently as well.