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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Indie Pick O' The Day: Freeway (1996)

This movie is a lil fugged up. It's kinda set up like the story of Lil Red Ridin' Hood. Basically its about 15 year juvenile deliquent named Vanessa, an uneducated daughter of a drug-addicted prosititute. Her druggie Mom and StepDad get arrested. She's been tossed around in the foster care system in the past, and instead of going back again this time, she looks for her GrandMa whom she's never met and decides to live with her.

The ol' Granny lives in a trailer park and when Vanessa's car breaks down and she meets a guy named "Wolverton" (see he's the Wolf). He poses as a counselor for troubled boys, but soon Vanessa learns he's a freeway rapist and he's the talk of all the news stations. But some how the tale gets even more twisted when our Lil Red Ridin Hood aint as innocent as she seems, and maybe our rapist is a hero? The film stars Reese Witherspoon as Vanessa and Kiefer Sutherland as Wolverton.

Freeway also features two Clueless alumni: Dan Hedaya, as a police detective, and Brittany Murphy, as the disfigured lesbian who befriends Vanessa in lock-up. Michael T. Weiss, who previously appeared in gay indie Jeffrey, appears in both Freeway and its sequel, Freeway 2: Confessions of a Trickbaby.

It's a pretty interesting story of how nothing appears what it seems. Although Freeway was originally filmed for HBO, vigorously positive critical response eventually earned it a theatrical release.

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