Freeway (1996) - Comedy, Crime, Drama

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A twisted take on "Little Red Riding Hood", with a teenage juvenile delinquent on the run from a social worker travelling to her grandmother's house and being hounded by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer and pedophile.

IMDB: 6.8
Director: Matthew Bright
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland
Length: 102 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 12 out of 200 found boring (6%)

One-line Reviews (93)

This film is a complete cliché, and I've seen Kiefer Sutherland play a crazed rapist one too many times now.

As the film progresses, Witherspoon's character, Vanessa, becomes ever more violent and unpredictable, while Sutherland's character, Bob the killer, becomes comically pitiful, and almost even sympathetic.

Unpredictable, live-wire black comedy .

Reese Witherspoon saves this film and is about the only entertaining thing to come out of it.

This movie will keep you on the edge of your seat as Reese is in the back of your mind :)

Entertaining .

This is worth watching more than once.

Don't waste your time, or spoil your thoughts that Reese W.

I've yet to see Tiptoes, the film from which director Matthew Bright was fired (and, sadly, his last movie to date), but I've found everything else by the film-maker to be hugely entertaining thanks to a unique off-kilter style that appeals to my sense of the bizarre.

Well made, lots of unexpected twists and even Brooke Shields managed to look less than wooden.

It does however also have some very enjoyable details which make it eligible for re-watching.

Definitely unpredictable, this dark comedy is a rare lost gem I was glad to find again.

Don't blame me, it's the director with such uninspiring creativity), ...

fascinating drama, fascinating performance .

And Brooke Shields as his grieving, empty-headed wife was a scream.

I'm not sure the origins of this motion picture, but what it turned out to be was a starring vehicle for the young Reese Witherspoon that went nowhere.

Each of the examples cited is a waste of time as it relies solely on that one hook to charm dollars and attention from us.

This is really a fascinating critical comedy about 90's little red riding hood who used herself might to kill the wolf.

One of the worst movies of modern times.

I love cult movies but this is the lamest and most contrived excuse for a cult film I have seen in a while.

Freeway is one of those movies that's just not found at the top of anybody's favorites list, a movie that's so inextricably what it is that it just could not be improved to a point near perfection, but it's entertaining and it takes you for a ride.

Based on the classic Grimm Brothers tale, Little Red Riding Hood; Freeway is the disjointed and frankly weird odyssey following a young girl on the way to her grandmother's home.


Even when director Bright just lets the camera rest on the actors it's compelling; Kiefer Sutherland's initial conversation with Witherspoon is intense as hell because of the set up, because we know some things and so we read a lot into any little thing, not really because what's going on in the scene itself (wow, he touched her shoulder)...

It is simply riveting and very satisfying in terms of plot, action and character.

Thoroughly enjoyable - for a dark comedy .

Intelligent despite it's juvenile subject matter, with interesting characters and perfect disposal of the uninteresting ones.

It is gripping, fascinating, and downright beautiful.

I would suggeset this movie to folks who are into strange entertaining movies.

Indeed a twisted twist on the story of LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD, complete with a "big, bad wolf", FREEWAY is filled with wonderful actors, unforgettable characters, disturbing images, foul language, and a very unexpected, unlikely heroine in Vanessa.

The saga of Freeway is as combative 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 conveyor belt.

The plot doesn't exactly adhere to the story of Little Red Riding Hood, and after the basics have been laid down, it's basically anyone's game right down to the gripping and hilarious climax.

Though at first her countenace really made me feeling a little weird, but after that, I had found I was naturally captived more and more deeply by the role's fascinating personality and Witherspoon's wonderful performance.

(The sequel tried to offend, went too far, made it seem like they were trying to offend, and just bored).

Very entertaining with a wicked, lovable Reece Witherspoon .

Although this movie doesn't bore, keeps entertaining and moves on quickly, I can't say I really enjoyed it.

It's a very weird but comical film that fails at times but does a pretty good job of entertaining at others.

This movie is wild and intense, and it's a ride you'll never forget.

Great script, but Witherspoon's brilliant and riveting performance is what powers it.

Unfortunately the makers of this film decide to go for a scuzzy, predictable vibe that's heavily indebted to NATURAL BORN KILLERS, which it copies the look and feel of somewhat extensively.

On the whole though I enjoyed watching it and found it rather entertaining.

Reese Witherspoon made this riveting thriller before she became everybody's favorite sweetheart.

I know everyone loves Reese Witherspoon but she is by far the most interesting thing about this film, which is dull, violent and uninventive, and even her one trick pony gets old after a while.

The ride to grandma's gets more intense, and when the nightmare's over she told the detectives she needed a cigarette.

Freeway is enjoyable enough as a quirky dark comedy and has developed a minor cult following, though I can't honestly say I really loved it.

Fascinating celluloid stew of sleaze .

I think that it was a pointless movie that tried to hand out a good lesson, "That you should work hard to achieve your goals.

Amazingly Enjoyable.

Very entertaining riff on Little Red Riding Hood.

The conversation with Bob (Kiefer Sutherland) and Vanessa (Reese) in the van is really disturbing and a bit uncomfortable, but very engaging, and the score while weird is very good, plus I feel this movie is way way too underrated!.

But unlike anything Waters' has done, "Freeway" takes it easy on the shock value and comes off more as a dark, fascinating satire of the urban human condition.

This movie starts slow, so you might be tempted to shut it off in the first 10 minutes if you lack the virtue of patience.

However, if you get beyond that, "Freeway" is perhaps the most entertaining "black comedy" that has come out in recent memory.

Deeply entrenched in the subversive world of cult films, "Freeway" could be one of the most engrossing movies I've ever seen.

This movie was at times scary, at times suspenseful and, most often, darkly funny.

This movie is worth watching if you like the weird ones.

It really is just a waste of time to describe the plot, as it is just horse manure from the beginning.

Most of us thought that it was one of those "experimental" films that was made especially for places like Indonesia and never placed directly in the actors' credits, and which wasn't released elsewhere, but seeing the information on IMDb is quite stunning in its implications about the general populace...

An early sign that Reese Witherspoon had a career worth watching.

plus it's often very suspenseful and funny at times as well.

Why did I waste MY time.

Extreme but fascinating .

It really is often bizarre at times, but in a very good way, and it's really unpredictable throughout, plus the finale is especially great!.

Trash-loving director Mathew Bright, who also helmed the gloriously exploitive BUNDY, blends elements from slasher movies, courtroom dramas, women-in-prison (WIP) epics, horror flicks and soft core porn flicks into this fascinating celluloid stew.

I hope those of you that enjoyed it got your money's worth from ogling 15 year old Reese Witherspoon, because that's the only logical explanation I can come up with for why this thing is so well liked; convicted child "endangerers" must love the darn thing.

the story is entertaining from beginning to end and has a good arc.

After the slow opening ends the film gradually becomes funnier and funnier right up to the last scene which features a man trapped in the boot of a car, a pensioner being shot in the chest, a naked dead granny, and Keifer Sutherland in a dress.

Case in point: when her step-father (fresh off a hit from the crack-pipe) tries to fondle her, Vanessa snaps at him without hesitation, and then calmly resumes watching television as if nothing happened.

This was a very exciting movie with many twists and turns.

While it is nowhere near as bad as the sequel, the film does just seem to be more focused on having shocking violence, language and sexuality rather than having an engaging plot, characters or any sense of value other than the appeal of being `different' - and that's why I think people seem to like it.

One of the worst movies I have ever seen .

Overall I'd have to say this movie was entertaining although discusting.

COMPLETELY entertaining.

She's one of those petty, boring sociopaths who turn up in police stations every day.

The violent prison interlude is probably the best part of the film, but instead of making something suitably dramatic or exciting, Matthew Bright's script is simply full of endless profanity and extreme violence designed to shock and offend the audience.

But after watching, I really enjoyed it.

'Freeway' is basically a slow moving picture in which the cast saves it from going straight down the toilet.

When it finally arrives, writer/director Matthew Bright throws a great left turn into the plot and sets up a potentially fascinating second half of the movie.

There are a dozen entertaining supporting roles.

Worth watching because of Reese...

This movie sort of rides the Pulp Fiction wave, but the white-trash fairy tale story and all the cool cameos really keep it entertaining.

"Freeway", the 1996 thriller starring Kiefer Sutherland and Reese Witherspoon is a very provocative and intense film.

The movie starts slow then all of a sudden blasts off into a fast-paced, nonsensical orgy of destruction.

Very fast paced non-stop action thriller .

Very predictable, with no plot or storyline that you're average movie buff couldn't come up with.

It's one of those movies which some people will love and others will hate, but I personally really enjoyed it.

However, you won't be able to predict where it's going to go from there, as Freeway continually puts its characters in absurd situations and delivers the unexpected.

The part that made this film entertaining is watching the life of a "BAD GIRL" type played by Witherspoon.

So far the story is suspenseful and still promising.

this movie was hard to watch at times, but it was riveting, forceful, and brilliant.

The filmmakers have taken every minuscule plot point from Riding Hood and deliberately thought up the most disgusting and deplorable ways to drag them through the mud, churning forth a film that is so sickeningly perverted that you can't take your eyes or ears off it once, kind of like a fresh, glistening pile of roadkill on the interstate that induces retching, yet is compelling in a sense, even attractive in its ability to morbidly hold your attention by being something that's outside the norm.

Brittany Murphy has a really weird but fascinating character I really liked her.

Though its not his greatest role, its definitely worth the watch.