Thelma & Louise

1991 R 2h 9m DVD

Thelma & Louise

1991 R 2h 9m DVD
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Fed up with her boyfriend, live-wire Arkansas waitress Louise Sawyer (Susan Sarandon) persuades her friend Thelma Dickinson (Geena Davis), a naïve housewife burdened with a negligent, sexist husband, to hit the road with her for a simple weekend of freedom. But after accidentally killing a man, the two friends wind up outlaws blazing a cathartic trail across America. Callie Khouri won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay.
Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Brad Pitt, Christopher McDonald, Stephen Tobolowsky, Timothy Carhart, Lucinda Jenney, Jason Beghe, Marco St. John, Sonny Carl Davis
Ridley Scott
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral), Portuguese
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this movie, which includes a graphic attempted rape, the violent on-camera shooting death of the rapist, further gunplay, suicide, lusty consensual sexual activity between two adults, non-stop strong language ("f--k," etc.), and frequent alcohol consumption and drunkenness is for mature viewers only. In addition, the film's adult theme involves female oppression at the hands of men and their struggle -- at great cost -- for respect, independence, and free will.

Sexual Content

A sex scene between two consenting adults includes partial rear nudity, kissing, foreplay, and some brief glimpses of sexual activity. Other scenes contain some kissing and embracing between lovers.


A violent attempted rape sequence in which one of the two heroines is hit hard, mauled and has her clothes ripped. A fatal point blank shooting. A gun pulled on a police officer, he's forced into the trunk of his car. Lead characters blow up a tanker truck. Numerous car chases, crashes, explosions, and a dramatic suicide.


Continuous swearing throughout the film. Countless uses of: "f--k" (in many forms), "c--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "suck my d--k," "Goddamn," "Jesus Christ" as an exclamation, "hell," "bitches," and more.

Social Behavior

It is important to take control of your own life and determine your own destiny (though the method Thelma and Louise choose is not recommended). At the same time, you must take responsibility for your actions. Women and girls do not have to accept being victimized, nor should they put up with tyrannical or predatory male behavior. Males should be held accountable for any misogynistic or paternalistic conduct.


Logos for Coca Cola, Thunderbird, Texaco, Chevron, Union Oil, Ryder trucks.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages are consumed throughout, including while operating vehicles, and to excess upon numerous occasions. Drunken behavior gets the heroines in trouble early in the film, and they continue drinking as their plight intensifies. Louise is a non-stop smoker. Other characters, including Thelma, smoke frequently as well.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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