A feminist road trip/outlaw tale where every other man (except Keitel's empathetic cop) is either bad, uncaring, or deceiving. Sarandon & Davis' performances keep this film from drowning in its own message of a women trapped in a male-dominated society and who discover themselves no matter what.
What a kick-ass of a movie! Davis and Sarandon are amazing as these two funny, courageous and unsatisfied women that leave for a weekend-off in the woods and end up having the greatest adventure of their lives on a amazing trip across America. This movie manages to be serious and humorous on the right moments and it's a joy to watch!
First time seeing this since its release in '91 and found it a slow burn that builds to some very memorable moments before collapsing under its own weight in its somewhat tacky conclusion. Sarandon and Davis both delivered incendiary performances that resulted in oscar noms for both. The problem with the oscar winning script is still that every male is either an asshole, rapist or douche. Small quibble?
Ridley Scott is old school. What should derail the film in its moments away from the leads, the assaultive rain machines, the fact that they clearly never leave California, winds up working for it because from a craft standpoint it's as fascinatingly fake as any golden age musical and watching Scott create his idealized vision of the US is such a joy. And then there's Davis and Sarandon who are goddamn perfect.
In turns funny and scary, intriguing and frustrating, I doubt anything says "Screw you chauvinistic pigs!" better than this. I especially like Thelma's transformation, and the ending scene that is a satisfying conclusion to the story of 2 very strong women vs. the world they live in. Side note: Tobolowsky was quite dashing in his suit ;)