Caitlin Gibson writes, "It’s been 25 years since Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon hit the desert highway in “Thelma & Louise,” Ridley Scott’s rollicking road flick that dared to put women in the driver’s seat — and kept them there to the iconic end, soaring into the open maw of the Grand Canyon in a turquoise Thunderbird convertible.
Finally! said feminists, excited to see complex, stereotype-busting female characters.
Revolutionary! said reviewers, acknowledging the unprecedented.
Misandry! said a few (mostly male) detractors, who thought the film vilified men and glorified violence.
“Thelma & Louise” told the story of a bored waitress and a disillusioned housewife whose road trip spirals into a crime spree after one kills a man who was attempting to rape the other. But it was also funny and action-filled and thoughtful — and a box-office success after it opened in May 1991, grossing $45 million in the United States. And it seemed to mark a cinematic and cultural milestone that could change the role of women on-screen."