Thelma and Louise Movie Analysis

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Brains Only Get You So Far and Luck Always Runs Out Thelma and Louise is a 1991 film about two good friends who set out on a road trip to relax from their hectic lives, but find themselves anything than relaxed. They are tired of their boring, routine lives, and find excitement on the road, although not in the way they would have liked. Thelma is a push-over house wife with a controlling husband and Louise is a stressed waitress with a boyfriend who is unwilling to commit. In an attempt to rescue Thelma from a potential rape, Louise shoots and kills a man named Harlen. They then set out in Louise’s ’66 Thunderbird for the adventure of their lives. Throughout the movie, there are times in which you find yourself wondering what in the world the character is doing and how they could possibly be so naive, but Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis are both so vibrant, funny, and sweet that you can’t help but feel for them. Many people view this film as sexist, attacking the male gender. However, I have quite the different outlook on it. Although it is overall empowering to women, that does not have to automatically mean it must be downgrading to men. There are some positive male roles, such as the police detective, Hal, and Jimmy, Louise’s boyfriend. When Geena Davis was asked about Thelma and Louise being considered a male-bashing movie, even she commented, “Most guys don't relate to the truck driver or the rapist, and if they do, their problems are bigger than this movie.” My analysis of Thelma and Louise discusses the friendship between the leading characters and their different personalities, how males are perceived in the movie and their relationships with the women, and the controversial ending of the movie. Thelma and Louise have opposite personalities but are together in the same risky undertaking. Thelma is passive, allowing her husband to dominate her life. This

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