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½ July 25, 2016
Excellent performances from Reese Witherspoon and Kiefer Sutherland, but it never really gets incredibly interesting. But some of the black comedy works. When Kiefer is acting normal, him and Reese's conversations are great. Would have loved to just see the two of them together, on the way to Reese's grandmas. And I like how the direction, writing, and cinematography are done. It's kind of unique. And it feels very personal.
Super Reviewer
April 19, 2016
This is arguably Witherspoon's best acting to date, it's very different to see her playing an anti-heroine. The story of Freeway is a twisted version of Little Red Riding Hood. I loved the tongue in cheek humour that made Freeway into a cult film. Definitely one of the definitive films of the 90s.
January 15, 2016
Wow, this was just plain ol' bad. A lot of good actors in this, and a lot of bad performances. (well, Brittany Murphy was pretty good!) It starts like a drama, turns into a silly spoof, and then disintegrates into unwatchable. Little Red Riding Hood my ass! And how on earth does Brooke Shields look better now than in this movie, almost 20 years ago? Sheesh.
½ November 29, 2015
This movie is HORRIBLE. Starts off with an interesting twist for Red Riding Hood, then delves into 1:42 of never getting that time back. This is such a bad movie. The acting is shoddy - which is surprising from Witherspoon and Sutherland. The protagonist, appears to be more of a sociopath than the antagonist. The rhyme or reason for anything happening makes absolutley zero sense. I am sure back in 1996 this would have been a great movie, but by today's standards it is utter garbage.
July 12, 2015
It's so wrong in all the right ways.
July 4, 2015
A mess of a movie. Kiefer Sutherland's character is creepy and Reese Witherspoon's character is likable, but violent. Hard to watch, but not boring either.
April 28, 2015
Both leads are good here in this dark,disturbing picture.
½ March 26, 2015
Crazy movie. Entertaining none the less.
½ January 23, 2015
Imagine "Little Red Riding Hood," except the story is set in the ghettos of 1996, Little Red Riding Hood is a dirty blonde teenage punk with anger issues, the mother is a crack-headed prostitute, the grandma is a trailer park low-life, and, oh yeah, the Big Bad Wolf isn't a wolf at all: he's a serial murderer, or, as the news so fondly labels him, the 1-5 killer. If you live in 1996, are a prostitute, and are hitchhiking, scurry away, because your life may be in danger. But if none of these characteristics fit your billing, then there is nothing that should be stopping you from watching "Freeway," unless you are (a) a prude or (b) someone who is too conservative to go crazy sometimes; so prudes, senior citizens, get out of here.
When it comes to movies as unhinged as "Freeway," my love for all things absurd and trashy rises to unseemly biased levels. There is something about low-budgets and Tarantino-esque exchanges that touch me in the way that most films can hardly muster. Few can brag about having an ever-present crisis of tawdry characters getting into some seriously bad situations, and even fewer can say that they've devised a film so dauntless in its over-the-top personality that it nearly laughs itself to death.
Witherspoon, who is best when playing against type, portrays Vanessa, a 16-year old delinquent who is anchored to the ground by her prostitute mother (Amanda Plummer) and drugged-out stepfather. In school, reading a sentence like "The cat drinks milk" is a feat of Shakespearian hardship, as Vanessa, more enticed to be called a badass in the slums of Los Angeles, is devastatingly illiterate. But anyone who lacks school smarts and lives on the bad streets of town is bound to be a little more unhinged in their fight in the rat race, after all.
After her parents are arrested, Vanessa decides that she's done with the government, skips foster care, and heads towards the home of her grandmother, who she never has actually met. Only a few miles into the journey does her car breakdown - lucky for her, a clean-cut stranger (Kiefer Sutherland) comes to the rescue, introducing himself as Bob Wolverton, a high school counselor.
Vanessa immediately confides in her makeshift chauffeur about all her weighty problems; but after traveling for a few hours, Wolverton's true nature is bitterly revealed. He turns out to be one of those sadistic creeps you read about in the paper - some may know him as the I-5 Killer. Vanessa isn't about to become some helpless next victim, however: she is, fortunately, packing a pistol. She shoots her would-be murderer several times, takes all his money, and leaves him for dead. But chances are, when you leave someone for dead, they tend to not actually die, and, as the film would like to remind us over and over, Vanessa should have shot Wolverton just one more time.
The saga of "Freeway" is as jarring and unpredictable as the tabloid coverage of a true-crime cat-and-mouse game, its participants so grandiosely sinful in their shabby hysteria that, by the end, when Vanessa is completely exhausted, mascara streaming down her face like a jilted prom queen, her asking for a cigarette is as riotous as Lucy and Ethel trying as hard as they can to get the chocolates from overloading on the conveyer belt.
"Freeway" is a comedy, but it's not a comedy for the "Anchorman" generation and maybe not even for the ones who thought "The Carol Burnett Show" was a shining jewel in television. It's mean-spirited enough to drive Regina George away, but even the meanest of people can be hilariously mean. The film is a melodramatically contorted white-trash vision; not laughing would almost be rude. Matthew Bright, as cynical and clever as he is, has accomplished the rare act of making a B-movie thriller brilliant in its tackiness. Witherspoon and Sutherland have never been so enthralling.
½ December 13, 2014
Seriously twisted modern day Red Ridinghood ... Great performance by Reese Witherspoon
December 6, 2014
A hysterical black comedy! I absolute love Reese Witherspoon in this film. This is the film that I fell in love with her. A very dark re telling of little red riding hood.
½ September 29, 2014
Perhaps one of the most irrationally fun movies I've seen in a while. Ridiculous violence, nonsensical casting, strange references to popular fables, moments of philosophical depth, feminist undertones, and a never-been-better Reese Witherspoon.

Fans of Natural Born Killers and that mid-90s spree-killing trash-talking Springer-worthy Tarantino/Stone era will revel in its grindhouse pants-around-the-ankles filth, moxy, and cynicism.

Tired of hyphenated sentiments yet? Cause I'm not.
August 31, 2014
Unfunny dark comedy celebrates trashiness and vulgarity for its own sake.
Makes "Pink Flamingoes" look like an Oscar contender.
½ July 12, 2014
Freeway's twisted re-imagining of Little Red Riding Hood sees Reese Witherspoon playing a troubled teen who seeks an estranged grandmother after her mother's arrest for prostitution, but along the way crosses paths with a serial killer (Kiefer Sutherland). Witherspoon brings an astonishing level of energy into her performance, rendering her character a righteous force of nature, whilst Sutherland is genuinely creepy as the "Big Bad Wolf". Matthew Bright's production values are are squarely B-level rough, but his script is smart, edgy, and laced with black humour - although the ending feels comparatively rushed and clumsy - while Danny Elfman provides a score that is pretty much nuts.
½ July 8, 2014
This is definitely the type of film that you either love or hate. Although the content is twisted and disturbing, Matthew Bright manages to make it darkly humorous and entertaining.
½ May 7, 2014
Yes! Plus Danny Elfman so how could you go wrong.
March 29, 2014
A gritty twist of the Little Red Ridinghood tale... from a sick mind.
March 8, 2014
Would love to see Reese Witherspoon play more strong roles like this. She was great in this movie!
½ February 8, 2014
Bizarre, but Witherspoon is incredible.
January 16, 2014
A nice little independent film with an imaginative retelling of the little red riding hood story set in modern times L.A. It's quite grim & grey but it's highly entertaining & fun to watch.
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