Gas Food Lodging (1992)
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Shade is a teen-aged girl who lives in a hot, dusty western town with her waitress mother and her older sister, who has been to bed with just about every available man in town. While her mother and older sister Trudi fight about Trudi's promiscuity and bad attitudes, Shade muses that the girl's father's departure from the family may have had more to do with her mother's behavior than she is willing to admit. As the film progresses, the women come to understand one another better, and Trudi even begins to show some signs of appreciating the men she has been using strictly for sexual reassurance. … More
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Critic Reviews for Gas Food Lodging
One of the major achievements of Anders' impressive debut is that it touches all the right issues of contemporary working class women without ever being stridently anti-male.
The down-to-earth quality and the earnest performances by Ione Skye and Fairuza Balk as small town sisters ground the film.
The story of this fractured family has a ring of authenticity, but lacks the hands of an artist to shape it into something more profound and affecting.
"an original look at familiar material"
Audience Reviews for Gas Food Lodging
This is an old favourite of mine. I upgraded from VHS to DVD quite some time ago, but never quite got around to rewatching it until now. What can I say? This is one of those rare movies that I think I enjoyed more over time rather than think it is not as good, or like it as a nostalgia piece.
This is for sure one of Fairuza Balk's best roles - she is an actress I think could have gone a long way, I am surprised she wasn't more successful. She is perfect here as Shade, living in a caravan park with her mother and her troubled older sister, Trudi (Ione Skye - also a good role for her).
I think the good thing about rewatching it now is that I can identify now with all three of the women, rather than just the daughters. These are very well written women characters, and this film has a lot of depth.
Donovan Leitch is also excellent here as Darius, and also the guy who plays Javier (I am unsure who he is). The rest of the men don't fare so well here, but this really is a movie for and about woman. Highly recommend it and have changed my original score of 4 to 5!
Can't remember it too clearly as it has been a few years but I remember liking both Brooke Adams and Ione Skye.More
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