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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Allison Anders
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On DVD: Sep 23, 2003
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Trudi

as Hamlet Humphrey

as Raymond

as Cecil

as Long Haired Boy

as Langhaariger

as Bubbly Mother

as Rock Boy
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Critic Reviews for Gas Food Lodging

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (8)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | July 10, 1992
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | October 2, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | February 19, 2005
Chicago Reader
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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!

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Can't remember it too clearly as it has been a few years but I remember liking both Brooke Adams and Ione Skye.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Excellent indie outing with some outstanding performances.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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