Parents' Guide to

Thelma and Louise

By David Gurney, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Now-classic feminist road movie best for very mature teens.

Movie R 1991 129 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 16+
A feminist classic. This movie contains a semi-graphic depiction of an interrupted rape as well as (by way of contrast) a consensual sex scene. This movie depicts the impact of sexual assault from a female perspective and, in the larger sense, how society treats women. Women are routinely objectified by men in this film and, as an extreme, abused by them both physically and emotionally. The police, even when well-intentioned, are at best ineffectual and at worst victim-blamers. This film was ahead of its time in creating strong female characters rebelling against social injustice. Because of the sex scenes, however, it is best viewed by older teens and adults.
age 12+

Funny, emotional and exciting, this films heavy themes push forth a message important for even young film lovers

Thelma and Louise (1991) follows two women fleeing the police after one of them is abused, and in partial defense the man is shot, and on their way they discover the important of freedom. Expect heavy content which truthfully isn’t overly graphic to todays standards, these contents includes a brief instance of violence, sexuality and language. VIOLENCE: MODERATE A woman is thrown atop a car and begins to have her clothes removed as a man positions himself to rape her while violently slapping her in the face. Just as he is about to start raping her the girls friend presses a gun to the side of his face. The man let’s her go but not without insulting her, because of this the girl shoots him in the chest, blood sprays out and he falls against the car dying. He is later shown against the car with blood spattered on his shirt dead. Although there are absolutely no more instances of violence throughout the rest of the film, instances of aggressive content include a man being slapped around with a hat, a man’s truck getting shot at and exploded with him in front, a woman robbing a gas station armed telling people to get on the floor (nobody is hurt) the scene is very comedic, a cop being held at gunpoint with his car getting shot at before he is thrown in the drunk, later a man blows his joint into the hole of the trunk with the cop inside. LANGUAGE: MODERATE Use of “f*ck” peppered through scenes of the film (20+ uses) along with uses of phrases like “suck my d*ck” several times and on one occasion “suck my c*ck” and sometimes uses of “b*tch”, all are directed at women. A man asks if a woman is ready for a “big d*ck”, use of “a**”, “hell”, “godd*mn” and several uses of “sh*t” throughout the film. The language is prevalent throughout the entire film but not extreme or pervasive, at its worse it is used heavily towards women however the uses of “f*ck” are mostly rather casual and not extreme. SEXUAL CONTENT: MILD An attempted rape scene depicts a man pushing a woman against a car, unbuckling his pants, attempting to remove the girls shirt, pulling down her pants and them trying to remove her panties while in a sexual position in-between her legs. The scene is more disturbing/violent than sexual at all. A sex scene between a man and a woman. The man begins kissing the woman down on her panties before they heavily make out in bed, this fits to a brief shot of them presumably without clothes and the man thrusting during sex against the wall for a few seconds. There isn’t really any nudity other than the top of the man’s buttocks and the sex scene is very brief and not graphic, it is over very quickly as well. Phrases such as “suck my d*ck”, “suck my c*ck”, “are you ready for a big d*ck”, “you finally got properly laid”, a man is shown holding up condoms, on multiple occasions a man flicks and makes obscene gestures at his tongue to two women, a man is shown sleeping on top of a woman implying sex, a man grabs his crotch at two women. DRUG CONTENT: MILD A man is shown smoking a joint which he blows through the hole of a trunk, smoking and drinking throughout to cope with stress. OVERALL: The contents of this film are generally more mature than the 12+ rating suggests however due to the importance and message of this film which doesn’t aim to be obscene and more valuable instead, I’d rate it 12+ for brief violence including an attempted sexual assault, language and some sexual content and references

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (7):

Chock-full of great performances and dramatic scenes, this is one truly amazing film that crystallizes a moment in feminist social history for all time. Thelma & Louise made a huge splash when it was originally released in 1991, and it was as polarizing as it was popular. It's is an updated, feminized version of an outlaw road movie. Still quite potent today, the film's no-holds-barred approach to confronting the subservient position thrust upon females in society hasn't been matched in the time since its release. Note that scenes involving rape, the glorification of suicide, and destruction of property makes this film inappropriate for kids.

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