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Thelma & Louise

1991

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  • In the case of this movie, authorship must be extended to Callie Khourie, who not only wrote the screenplay, but also co-produced the film along Scott. Khourie’s Thelma & Louise cleverly combines some traditionally male-driven American genres such as the western, the road movie and the “buddy film.” But Thelma & Louise centers the story on two women, played by Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, who immortalize their title characters.

  • It’s the iconography of Thelma & Louise and its enduring appeal for succeeding generations of feminists in particular that mark it as a notable staging post in the development of female action heroines... But looking back—beyond mere genre placeholding—at the text itself, one can see how Khouri’s Thelma & Louise broke its own mold more ingeniously, by incorporating resonant feminist themes of reclamation and liberation into a widely recognizable and accessible Hollywood narrative.

  • Louise's righteous fury just before she pulls the trigger ("In the future, when a woman's crying like that, she isn't having any fun!") has lost none of its accusatory power; that the shooting is unjustified, in response to a crude insult after the immediate danger has passed, is crucial, and it's hard to imagine how it escaped being altered during development.

  • After a rather slow beginning, this prosy film turns poetic; and when that happens, we’re no longer passive bystanders but active participants, along for the ride morally as well as physically.

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