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Freeway: A Movie About Cholos, Crackheads, Hookers and a Bad Ass Girl

My favorite movie of all time!

Reese Witherspoon was magnificent in this movie! I had just gotten into the feminist movement when I watched this movie and to me Reese’s character, Vanessa Lutz, was the ultimate feminist icon. Her character’s attitude screamed girl power. In this movie, Vanessa Lutz is a fifteen year old girl that lives with her crackhead prostitute mother and her perverted stepfather. Her parents are arrested and Vanessa is about to be put up in foster care but she decides to go on the run since she has been in foster care before and has been abused. She handcuffs her social worker (played by Conchata Ferell, the actress who plays “Bertha” on Two and a Half Men) by her leg to a bed and takes off in her car. Vanessa later meets a serial killer, “Bob”, played by Kiefer Sutherland and this is where the action really gets going. This movie has crackheads, cholos and cholas (gang members), prostitutes, serial killers, and convicts. I like the fact that Vanessa’s character has a mix of wide eyed innocence and streetwise toughness. I also love that this movie is raw and tells it like it is, with no apologies. The scene where Chopper gets shot down was filmed in L.A, right by the Washington Metro Blue Line Station. I used to hang out in that area all the time so when I saw that scene I was so dissapointed that I hadn’t been around when Freeway was being shot there. I’ve seen Law and Order and NCIS being filmed in L.A before and that was cool but seeing Freeway being filmed would have been epic! The Twin Towers jail in Los Angeles is also shown in this movie and so is Point Fermin Park in San Pedro, CA, a park I have been going to ever since I was a little kid. I first heard about this movie when I read an interview with Reese Witherspoon in Seventeen magazine back in the 90’s. Reese said that she was dressed in a miniskirt for a scene where she pretends to be hooking and her mom asked her, “Are you sure this is what you want to do?” Freeway is based on the story of Little Red Riding Hood. A very disturbed Little Red Riding Hood! 

Here’s a list of some of the actors in Freeway:

Killer chola played by Alanna Ubauch, the actress that played “Josie” on Beakers World (she’s unrecognizable in this role!)

Vanessa’s gangster love is actor Bokeem Woodbine

Dan Hedaya who played Cher’s dad on Clueless is a detective

Brooke Shields as the serial killer’s unsuspecting wife

Amanda Plummer plays Vanessa’s mom

Brittany Murphy is a psychotic inmate

Fun Facts:

There is a scene where Vanessa Lutz shows Bob a picture of her deceased father. I thought the man in the picture looked familiar and then I found out that it was familiar because it is a picture of mass murderer Richard Speck.

Twin actresses Brittany Daniel and Cynthia Daniel were offered the parts of killer twins Brenda and Bonnie but they refused the parts. I wonder why?

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