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Freeway

  R Closed Captioning

Matthew Bright

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Plot Summary

Vanessa (Reese Witherspoon), a nearly illiterate firebug and serial shoplifter, desperately clings to normalcy even though her mother turns tricks, does drugs, and manages to ignore the fact that the girl's stepfather Michael T. Weiss has been abusing her for years. When both of her parents get arrested, Vanessa steals the car of her family-services caseworker (Conchata Ferrell) and heads up Interstate 5 in search of her paternal grandmother, who's never met her. Car problems force her to accept a ride from Bob Wolverton (Kiefer Sutherland), a youth counselor who uses charm and sympathy to get the girl to open up. Confessing the sordid details of her childhood to Bob, Vanessa is shocked when he suddenly declares that she's one of the "garbage people" and that he plans to murder her and have sex with her corpse. Bob, it turns out, is the "I-5 Murderer," who's been slaughtering young prostitutes in the Los Angeles area. Thanks to a gun borrowed from her fiancé, Vanessa manages to turn the tables on Bob, shooting him repeatedly and leaving him for dead. He survives, Vanessa is arrested, and the two meet up again in court — with her unrepentant, even though the police disbelieve her story, him flanked by his prim wife (Brooke Shields) and the righteous indignation of the American legal system. Locked up in the juvie for psychological evaluation, Vanessa gets in touch with her wild side and eventually escapes, heading off to her fateful meeting with grandma.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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76%
  • Reviews Counted: 37
  • Fresh: 28
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Freeway glints here and there with dark humor amounting to a knowing wink that undercuts the cautionary tale at its heart and the seriousness of its graphic sociology. – Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Alive with the luscious turn-ons of sex and danger, Freeway is the most impressive debut film I've seen all year. – Charles Taylor, Salon.com, Jan 21, 2006

Fresh: Rude in the way the truth is rude -- only funnier. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Like it or hate it (or both), you have to admire its skill, and the over-the-top virtuosity of Reese Witherspoon and Kiefer Sutherland. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

great

this movie is the best!!! one of my all time favorites reese witherspoon did a good acting job in this when she was young!

9.99???!?

The movie was good but not worth this much...

What A Great Hidden Movie!

This movie is great. Its suspenseful and extremely funny. Great acting by Witherspoon and Sutherland. Im suprised this movie is hard to find and isn't alot more popular

Freeway
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1997

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