When it opened in May of 1991, Thelma & Louise became a media sensation. Much of it had to do with the picture's genre-bending innovation of having two women leads starring in a road movie. Some decried what they believed was violent vengeance against men, though only one man died in the film.
I'd seen Thelma & Louise several times over the years, but re-watched it for the first time in several years a couple of weekends ago. And while I'd always liked the film, this viewing provoked a very different reaction. I haven't been able to get it out of my head since.
Author's Note: I'm a male writing about how male privilege afflicts women within the context of this film. Take my opinion for whatever you think it's worth.
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