Freeway: A Reese Witherspoon and Keifer Sutherland Whacked-out Movie

I was cruising through Blockbuster the other day and saw Kiefer and Reese on the cover of a movie called Freeway. I had never heard of it before and immediately thought it might be a cooler version of the steamy Charlie Sheen/Kristie Swanson (what happened to her?) movie The Chase. So, i went home and ordered it up on Netflix.

I have now just watched it and i’m utterly speechless. That movie was half brilliant, half totally insane. It could be a satire of serial killer movies or it could be one of the worst movies ever, i’m not sure. I’m hoping it’s the former.

Let me fill you in on the plot:

We begin with Reese Witherspoon in school and realize she’s both white trash and a total moron. She can’t read the sentence “The cat spills milk” from the blackboard. On her way home from school to her run-down white trash house she sees her mom (Amanda Plummer) first turning tricks and then getting arrested for prostitution. Minutes later the cops pick up her step-dad (after he does some crack and then tries to have sex with Reese).

Keep in mind, Reese is dressed in a very short skirt and a red leather coat. She’s supposed to be a modern day trashy Little Red Riding Hood.

Anyway, the foster care people come to get her, but she cuffs them to her bed and hits the road, i.e. The Freeway! She stops to get a gun from her gangster (but with a big heart) boyfriend, who immediately after Reese leaves, is gunned down in a drive-by shooting. After being on the freeway for 10 minutes, the car breaks down and she’s picked up by Kiefer (named Bob Wolverton)

While posing as a high-school counselor, Kiefer gets her to open up and bare her soul. We learn about her abuse and how she was molested by her foster parents. Kiefer nods understandingly, then in turn tries to rape her too. Why? Because, of course, he’s the I-5 serial killer (of young white girls) that’s been on the lam for months. Being somewhat crafty, Reese gets her gun and turns the tables on him. She then starts to interrogate him (Why do you kill girls? Have you accepted Jesus as your savior?), and then puts a bullet in his brain and leaves him for dead. After pumping 6 shells into him, she logically goes to the closest diner and woofs down a bunch of pancakes and eggs (i mean, who wouldn’t).

We are now 20 minutes into the movie.

After her meal, as she comes out of the diner, Reese is instantly arrested, interrogated and sent to an all-girls prison. In prison, she starts a fight with the alpha-female (to establish control) and is thrown into solitary confinement. In “the hole” she goes Macgyver-like and make a makeshift knife out of plastic and saran wrap. She is then released from “the hole” and has a lesbian session with Brittney Murphy and literally utters the phrase, “i’ll make out with you but no fuckin’. I’m straight.” She hides a knife in her (literally: it’s in a tampon) and then escapes (using the knife) to Mexico where she becomes a prostitute to raise money.

While she’s on the lam, new evidence comes to light and the cops realize Kiefer is the serial killer (as Reese was saying all along) and she was thus justified in trying to escape from him. Kiefer’s wife (Brooke Shields) is told by the cops that her husband is a serial killer, and immediately kills herself (in another great Suddenly Susan-esque performance).

Kiefer knows Reese is headed to her grandma’s, so he gets there first, kills grandma, puts on her bathrobe and gets into bed and waits for Reese to show up – completing the Little Red Riding Hood theme.

I won’t ruin the movie for you and let you know how it ends, but i’m sure you can figure it out.  One thing i can assure you – all this i just described really happens in this movie. It is completely insane and i enjoyed every minute of it.

If you’re looking to kill 90 minutes and need a completely unpredictable story, you should hit The Freeway up.

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14 thoughts on “Freeway: A Reese Witherspoon and Keifer Sutherland Whacked-out Movie
  1. I really, really liked that movie, despite the fact that it’s so violent. Reese is just sooo awesome in it! And Kiefer Sutherland is totally convincing as the serial killer.

    My favorite quote: “Holy shit! Look who got beat with the ugly stick.”

    Which is really only poetic justice considering what the “I-5 killer” did to all of those women (as is the comment about his coloscopy bag).

  2. If u thought freeway was good, there is another movie like it, but i don’t know if it is a part 2 to it or just another whacked movie. I saw it about 8 years ago or so. well freeway has the theme of little red riding hood, this other one has a theme of Hanzel and Gretal. I don’t remember the name of the movie, nor do i remember what actors are in it. I think it was better then freeway. its about 2 troubled girls that meat in a detention home. one of the characters name is CYCLONE. they go on a killin’ spree, in order to find some so-called-profit that CYCLONE is looking for. Its fuckin’ crazy, but if u find it please e-mail me back with a result-k-.

    P.S. that is my favorite quote as well “WELL LOOK WHO GOT BEAT WITH THE UGLY STICK!” I also love her mug shot!

  3. I found the movie, it’s actually called “Freeway 2” and is written and directed by the same guy. I might have to check that out next 🙂

  4. I love that bit in the courtroom “Is that you Bob?”
    And ” My dick may not function, but I have not lost my smile!” such a funny film.
    The illustrations at the begining of the film are hillarious.
    I’m gonna start calling guys “Mister”… “You’re sick Mister”

  5. I agree. My husband and I stumbled on this one last year and we put it on the top of our list of recommended movies to everyone. Your description of it is right on point! Reese Witherspoon was brilliant in this movie as she is completely the opposite of what you would expect from Reese and she pulls it off without a flaw.

  6. i watched nthis move a cupple a yrs ago but then i lost touch of it ive been obsessing about it ever since

  7. i watched nthis move a cupple a yrs ago but then i lost touch of it ive been obsessing about it ever since

  8. Haha I seen this movie when I was really young im 19 now I had to have been around 9 or 19 but I love it. Reese Witherspoon is totally convincing it shocks me that today she is Americas darling, I dont think they have seen this movie. I hope she gets back into the bad ass roles and less good girl . One of the best movies ever

  9. All i could say was, Damn. it is just one thing after another and reese is a complete bad ass, she KILLED it! I loved it, now on my top 10 list of favorite movies.

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