A 1996 movie starring Reese Witherspoon
, Kiefer Sutherland
, Brooke Shields
and Amanda Plummer
Running length: One hour and 42 minutes
Written and directed by: Matthew Bright
Freeway is sort of a Little Red Riding Hood story on acid, you might say. A young girl from the wrong side of the tracks in Southern California has drug addicts for parents. Her mother is a crack-kissing prostitute, and her step-father molests her. Vanessa (Reese's character) is about to be hauled away once the cops bust the parents, but she escapes to go in search of her dear grandmother, who lives in Northern California.
Her boyfriend gives her a gun as a going-away gift, and while on the road her car breaks down. A "wolf in sheep's clothing," a man named Bob Wolverton (Kiefer), stops to help her. It is not long after that Vanessa finds out the man helping her is a serial killer.
Vanessa has a bloody fight with Bob, she ends up in a twisted girl's prison, and goes on trial. But that's not all. Vanessa may be white trash, but she's no weakling, and after the crap she's been through she certainly gained street smarts. And does she get to her grandmother's house? Give it a view to find out.
Quite a neat black comedy, I'd say. It would have been interesting to see what David Lynch could have done with this.