I felt the climax was a betrayal of everything that went before it. We watch the blossoming of two inhibited characters only to see them destroyed for proclaiming their independence. While this may reflect the way many women now see their role in society, it does nothing for those young women who are looking for ways to establish their own identities without worrying about being overwhelmed by a male-dominated society.

I’d find a way for the women to triumph — even if I had to twist reality to do so. The ending as it stands is creatively bankrupt.

Norman in Spokane, WA

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  1. Lonely on this side of the fence

    I’m so happy to see I’m not the only one who felt this way. My first thought was, well of course the”uppity wimmin” were not allowed to succeed. If you resist your role, your “place”, you will be punished This is a subtle but common trope in the movies. Louise was also the instrument of their destruction because after warning Thelma to not stay on the phone too long to avoid the call being traced–she then talked on and on and on, allowing them to be found. Giving the money to Thelma to hold (why? why not hold onto it herself?) after Thelma had already shown herself to be pretty boneheaded was another example of the maxim, “The strongest force in the universe is: plot necessity.” It made Louise, normally a strong, capable, smart woman, act in really really stupid ways.

    I was also disappointed that the one black character in the movie was complicit in the murder of a state trooper (what did you think would happen to a guy locked in the trunk of his car in the blazing sun of Arizona? There’s no GPS, no way for him to be found quickly).