Thelma & Louise

Monday, August 11
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2hr 10mins // directed by:Ridley Scott // featuring:Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis

For Thelma and Louise, a weekend road-trip was supposed to be a reprieve from their troubles. Instead, it drew the attention of the law.

Thelma Dickinson (Geena Davis) has had enough of her domineering husband. She and her best friend Louise Sawyer (Susan Sarandon) decide to go on a road-trip in Louise's 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible to get away from their troubles. Their troubles don't stay far off, however, as they face one problem after another: attempted rape, murder, and flight from the law are just the beginning. As they become inadvertent fugitives, their choices and money rapidly begin to dwindle.

Hailed by critics and audiences alike as a powerful feminist critique of an American society that offers few choices and even fewer chances to women on their own, Thelma & Louise went on to be nominated for five Academy Awards, winning for Best Screenplay. During the intervening twenty-three years since its release one would have hoped that things would have changed, though studying society today it seems that not much has. With current reports of all types of political buffoonery directed against women, the message of this film is as vital today as it was when it came out.