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Directed By
Matthew Bright

Written By:
Matthew Bright

Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland, Brooke Shields, Wolfgang Bodison, Dan Hedaya, Amanda Plummer, Bokeem Woodbine, Brittany Murphy

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Freeway (1996)
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Movie Review by Zara
January 24th, 2007

Hey Little Red Riding Hood

I always have liked watching the movies made earlier on in a famous actress' career, back when they were hungry and yet their bodies didn't look starved. Reese Witherspoon went through a transition from being cast as the sweet, rosy-cheeked little blonde to a foul-mouthed, illiterate teenager in this movie. She's back to being pretty, but it was when she took this detour that she really showed the depth of her acting skill.

FREEWAY is a twisted, modern-day retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood story, complete with Grandma meeting her maker in an undue fashion. Witherspoon plays Vanessa Lutz, a teen girl with a borderline sociopathic personality who, after her mother and step-father are arrested for drug possession, is about to go back into the system yet again. After escaping her parole officer and stealing her car in an attempt to make it to her grandmother's house, Vanessa is side-lined by Sutherland's monstrous wolf of a character.

There is foul language and violence aplenty in this flick, but it manages to tell a tale far more evil than just what the original telling had in mind. More than just a statement on predators and what they do to young girls, there is a more broad attempt at detailing what we do to poison our troubled youth in our misguided attempts to "save" them. A great commentary on what the justice system does to children once they are in it and the frustration at "killing" it once embedded within. Or, perhaps I'm thinking too deeply into it, in which case I say rent it if you'd like to see Witherspoon tarted up in thick make-up and Brooke Shield's brains blow out the back of her head. In either case: Enjoy!

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