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Film: Freeway
To Grandmother's house we go.

"You shoulda let me out of the car when I asked you to, Bob. You see what happens when ya got bad manners?"

A 1996 dark comic thriller starring Kiefer Sutherland and Reese Witherspoon.

When young, spunky, illiterate Vanessa Julia Lutz comes home from school one day, she sees her prostitute mother and abusive, drug-addicted stepfather get carted away by the police. Not keen on being sent to another abusive foster home, Vanessa slips away from her social worker, grabs her red leather jacket and a wicker basket, and heads out to her grandma's house in Stockton, California. Meanwhile, police are on the hunt for the I-5 killer, who murders young girls and dumps their bodies on the Interstate 5 freeway.

Along the way, Vanessa's car breaks down, and she's stuck on the side of the titular freeway. As luck would have it, a kindly, charming psychiatrist named Bob Wolverton picks her up... and with a big grin, leads her away from the road.

A wildly hilarious take on juvenile delinquency, the film actually manages to make some excellent points about the flaws of criminal investigations. But presumably because of Matthew Bright's friendship at the time with Church of Happyology member Richard Elfman, Freeway seems to preach on a little too much about the evils of psychiatry. Other than that, though, it's an excellent Black Comedy, full of clever dialogue and awesome music.

A sequel, Freeway 2, was made without any connections to... well, anything. It's actually pretty good and has more lesbians. And Vincent Gallo as a wicked witch.


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