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      Freeway

      1996, Mystery & thriller/Comedy, 1h 42m

      42 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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      A modern update on the tale of Little Red Riding Hood, Freeway is an audacious black comedy with a star-making performance from the young Reese Witherspoon. Read critic reviews

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      Following the arrest of her mother, Ramona (Amanda Plummer), young Vanessa Lutz (Reese Witherspoon) decides to go in search of her estranged grandmother. On the way, she is given a ride by school counselor Bob Wolverton (Kiefer Sutherland). During the journey, Lutz begins to realize that Bob is the notorious I-5 Killer and manages to escape by shooting him several times. Wounded but still very much alive, Bob pursues Lutz across the state in this modern retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.

      • Rating: R

      • Genre: Mystery & thriller, Comedy

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Matthew Bright

      • Producer: Chris Hanley, Brad Wyman

      • Writer: Matthew Bright

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $283.8K

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Roxie Releasing, Republic Pictures

      • Production Co: Kushner-Locke Company, Illusion Entertainment, August Entertainment, Muse Productions

      Cast & Crew

      Brooke Shields
      Wolfgang Bodison
      Dan Hedaya
      Bokeem Woodbine
      Sydney Lassick
      Paul Perri
      Melinda Renna
      Susan Barnes
      Matthew Bright
      Dan Halsted
      Richard Rutowski
      Oliver Stone
      Danny Elfman
      Tito Larriva
      Miss Murgatroid
      John Thomas
      Maysie Hoy
      Caitlin Blue
      Timothy Bird
      Athena Alexander

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      • Apr 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.

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      • Nov 29, 2011

        As a work of originality, a satire and a modern retelling of a classic fairytale, "Freeway" can be called a success, but as enjoyable entertainment, it is more or less of a mixed bag. What makes it such a compelling, tasteless experience is its stark depiction of inner-city life; its grim humor that can cause us to either laugh or wince; and the sheer audacity of its creator, Matthew Bright. As well, Reese Witherspoon is exceptional and attention-grabbing in her first lead role and Kiefer Sutherland is rightfully despicable as the Big Bad Bob Wolverton.

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      • Oct 24, 2011

        It's hard not to love Reese Witherspoon in anything. This film was mad, crazy, over the top and at times quite hilarious. It's a great modern version of 'Little Red Riding Hood' and even though the ending is predictable, you can't help but like it and you end up rooting for little old Vanessa despite her troubled mind. Even more so because a girl with such a tiny frame was beating up men and genuinelly making them terrified of her. Some scenes shock you and most scenes are unpredicable apart from it's ending. It's a weird yet wonderful film.

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      • Mar 09, 2010

        A great twist of both the serial killer genre and the tale of little red riding hood. Reese Witherspoon did her best work when she was younger and this film along with Election is a testament to that. Her performance is comedic and terrifying at the same time. You gotta love Kiefer Sutherland in this too who as the villian spends more time getting the shit kicked out of him than actually being terrifying. The film isn't meant to be realistic and don't view it as such, its an over the top exploitation film with just the right amount of satire.

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