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I watched the film with my 16 year old daughter

Recently my daughter, Suzy, and I were looking online for a film to watch together. She is 16 years old. She said some of her friends had watched Thelma & Louise and asked if I had ever seen it. OMG! It is one of my favorite films! I couldn’t remember the last time I saw it, but it’s been many years. We found it, and I have to say: it was a very moving experience, watching it with her.

Suzy’s reactions and mine were similar. One difference was that she felt Thelma was ‘too dippy.’ I agree, she was dippy, but she had lived such a protective, insulated life, under her domineering husband, of course she was naive … no comparison with what young people are exposed to in today’s world.

Regarding the ending, Suzy’s friends hadn’t told her what to expect. I wondered how she would feel about it. She was shocked – as we all were, the first time we saw it. But at the same time, she said she was so glad they didn’t get caught.

Suzy found it hilarious to see Brad Pitt as a young man. I’m not sure why, but the scenes with him in it were amusing to me, also. Later, after it was over, Suzy said that she expected the film to seem like an “old film” but it didn’t seem outdated to her.

Gerry Rose, Boston, MA

2 Responses

  1. Jennifer Warren

    I also recall watching it with my daughters when it originally came out. I think we were all in a state of shock over the ending. We had never seen anything like that before. It’s an image that one simply can’t forget.

    1. susan

      I saw it with my daughters recently too. We had watched it together when it originally came out. It was sort of a reunion to watch it again together. Our views on it had not really changed even though so much time has passed.

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