45. Thelma & Louise

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Movie: Thelma & Louise

Release Date: May 24, 1991

Director: Ridley Scott

Starring: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Brad Pitt.

Tag Lines: “Somebody said get a life… so they did.”

Relevance: In late Spring of 1991, ‘Thelma & Louise’ was released to critical praise and had a very successful box office run that following summer. It wasn’t a movie that I went to see in theaters, but it was one that I heard a lot about. The movie became a landmark film in the feminist movement and even sparked some controversy on its negative portrayal of men, which made me roll my eyes, both then and now. Everyone that I knew who had seen the film loved it and it became a “must see” for me when it was released to home media.

My mom was a huge fan of both of the actresses in ‘Thelma & Louise’ and she was very eager to see it. I can’t recall when we rented it exactly, most likely over my winter break from college that year, but both of us were excited. The movie was unlike anything I had seen before in regards to how to classify it. It was a drama, sprinkled with comedy but with a very action, adventure plot line that kept it very exciting and both of us on the edge of our seats. My mom was not necessarily one that would usually watch such a “buddy/road” film filled with car crashes and murder, but she loved seeing it with two strong female leads. It exhilarated her and she immediately fell in love with it. As did I.

When it became available for purchase on VHS, my mom bought ‘Thelma & Louise’ and it became a part of our family movie collection. Every time I would come back home from school, we would often revisit the movie whether it be on that VHS or through HBO. Each time we watched it, we seemed to love it more and more. The film received a lot of accolades during the subsequent award season, with both my mom and me rooting for it. I often joked with her that if the movie had two male leads, she probably wouldn’t even like it. Her response was always, “If it had two male leads then it wouldn’t be ‘Thelma & Louise.'” I couldn’t argue that.

A few years later, when Brad Pitt started to become more of a household name, I revisited the movie again. I of course remembered his character J. D., but had to re-watch it to remind myself. My mom watched it with me making a comment, “How could you forget Brad Pitt in ‘Thelma & Louise?’ It wasn’t until a few years later, after I came out of the closet as a gay man, did I fully understand her comment. I bought the movie on DVD for my own collection and often revisited those J. D. scenes when I had *ahem* “alone time.”

‘Thelma & Louise’ remained one of my favorite movies over the years, not only because of Brad Pitt , but because of the strong female representation by both Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis. Beautifully written by Callie Khouri, the film re-shifted Hollywood’s take on what roles women could actually perform. We have by no means perfected the importance of women in film yet, but we have come leaps and bounds forward in the right direction. Imagine where we would be if ‘Thelma & Louise’ had never been produced.

Today’s Thoughts: “Look, you shoot off a guy’s head with his pants down, believe me, Texas is not the place you wanna get caught.”

I love ‘Thelma & Louise’ and am always excited when I get to sit down and watch it. It has probably been over five years since I have seen the film in its entirety, so I was definitely looking forward to it today. I did watch it alone, but I did not have an “alone time” moment during the Brad Pitt scenes. It was tempting though as e is just absolutely beautiful and hot as hell.

Ridley Scott was probably the best director for such a movie as the drama and action is shared equally in the screenplay. It is such an entertaining movie with two of the best performances ever on screen. Both Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis are equally beautiful and equally riveting in these strong, brave female characters. It is difficult to imagine any other women in these roles and both deserved all of the nominations they received. And Brad Pitt is, well, Brad Pitt. Man alive he was hot and still is.

‘Thelma & Louise’ is not only a great, entertaining movie, but an important one. Some see it as a feminist film and some see it more as a revenge themed movie. However, in either opinion, one can’t deny the two strong female characters driving, literally driving, the story. Its absolutely refreshing and something that we need to see more and more of very soon. Until then, check out this classic film from the early 1990’s. Did I mention Brad Pitt is in it?

Awards: Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Callie Khouri (winner), Academy Award for Best Director, Ridley Scott (nomination), Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Geena Davis (nomination), Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Susan Sarandon (nomination), Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Adrian Biddle (nomination), Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Thom Noble (nomination), Golden Globe for Best Screenplay – Motion Picture, Callie Khouri (winner) Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama (nomination), Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, Geena Davis (nomination), Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, Susan Sarandon (nomination), BAFTA Award for Best Film (nomination), BAFTA Award for Best Direction, Ridley Scott (nomination), BAFTA Award for Best Actress, Geena Davis (nomination), BAFTA Award for Best Actress, Susan Sarandon (nomination), BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography, Adrian Biddle (nomination), BAFTA Award for Best Editing, Thom Noble (nomination), BAFTA Award for Best Original Film Score, Hans Zimmer (nomination), BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay – Original, Callie Khouri (nomination), Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures, Ridley Scott (nomination), Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, Geena Davis (nomination), National Board of Review Award for Top Ten Films (winner), National Board of Review Award for Best Actress, Geena Davis (winner), National Board of Review Award for Best Actress, Susan Sarandon (winner), National Film Registry (2016), New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay, Callie Khouri (nomination), New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, Geena Davis (nomination), New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, Susan Sarandon (nomination), Writers Guild of America Award for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Callie Khouri (winner).

Ways to Watch: Vudu, Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, DVD Availability.

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