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Is Thelma and Louise a lesbian movie?
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I have always wondered if there's some subtext in, it at least to me it's very obvious. How can straight people not pick up on it?
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There's definitively subtext.
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^Yep, subtext, nothing more.
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As lesbian as rizzoli and isles.
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Jul 20 2013, 12:53 AM
As lesbian as rizzoli and isles.
I don't watch it, what do you mean?
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It doesn't feature a melted dildo so no, it's not.
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Jul 20 2013, 12:58 AM
It doesn't feature a melted dildo so no, it's not.
I see the kids are off from school :eyeroll:
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Yes it is.
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Yes. But only because Brad Pitt's in it. Oh the the 66 Thunderbird is gay too.
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i think it is.
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No. It was a chick flick buddy movie. Fried Green Tomatoes was. Great 6 month period for Queerish themed mainstream movies though. Thelma & Louise, Basic Instinct, Fried Green Tomatoes. 1991/1992.
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for me it was rather about true friendship..
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Jul 20 2013, 08:50 PM
for me it was rather about true friendship..
I swear for god I felt something else than a good friendship and I'm not saying it because I'm a lesbian but because it was there
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it felt like louise was gay for thelma.
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It's one of the best, most feminist movies ever made. So watch it anyway.
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Jul 20 2013, 09:47 PM
it felt like louise was gay for thelma.
It was mutual.
Louise was just more aware of it.
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No. If you think Thelma and Louise is a lesbian movie (or even lesbian subtext), you're kinda missing the point of the movie.
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Jul 20 2013, 10:56 PM
No. If you think Thelma and Louise is a lesbian movie (or even lesbian subtext), you're kinda missing the point of the movie.
Not really. The subtext doesn't mess with the point of the movie. They coexist.
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No. If you think Thelma and Louise is a lesbian movie (or even lesbian subtext), you're kinda missing the point of the movie.
Not really. The subtext doesn't mess with the point of the movie.
It really does, actually.
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No. If you think Thelma and Louise is a lesbian movie (or even lesbian subtext), you're kinda missing the point of the movie.
Not really. The subtext doesn't mess with the point of the movie.
It really does, actually.
Not OP, but it doesn't. Love isn't always so straightforward. They kiss at the end of the movie for gods sake. Not saying it was supposed to be a lesbian love story, but they love one another in a complicated way.
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for me it was rather about true friendship..
I swear for god I felt something else than a good friendship and I'm not saying it because I'm a lesbian but because it was there
i don't deny that :)
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I think they loved each other, but platonically. If they really hadn't needed men in their lives, and were actually gay, they wouldn't have gotten to the point that they were, which was to be so disappointed and hurt and to feel trapped by them. they both just deeply understood and cared about each other, in a kind of way lovers almost never can.
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It really does, actually.
Not OP, but it doesn't. Love isn't always so straightforward. They kiss at the end of the movie for gods sake. Not saying it was supposed to be a lesbian love story, but they love one another in a complicated way.
i agree, peoples relationships are never black and white
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No. If you think Thelma and Louise is a lesbian movie (or even lesbian subtext), you're kinda missing the point of the movie.
Not really. The subtext doesn't mess with the point of the movie. They coexist.
i agree
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Thelma and Louis started off as a female "bromance", but toward the end of the film they were willing to die for each other. They loved each other, but not in a sexual way.

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Jul 20 2013, 12:46 AM
I have always wondered if there's some subtext in, it at least to me it's very obvious. How can straight people not pick up on it?
Lesbians will always see other women as potentially straight or gay. For many straights, the world is presumptively straight, and they don't consider other possibilities. I think many straight people could see the movie and never think of lesbianism.

Thelma is married, and she also has hot sex with Brad Pitt. Louise has a bf. That pretty much takes care of the orientation issue in straight minds.

A lesbian would probably at least see something which could, in the context of the story, have become something more, but the women have to die. So that's that.

I think it is more of a female version of the male buddy/road movie. Like the older movies, Easy Rider, or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and some more recent ones. I don't recall that there had been a female version of them until this one came along.

And T and L continues the "tradition" of the male buddy/road movie of having the characters killed. In Easy Rider, all 3 of the guys are killed in the movie. In Sundance, we see the pair running out of a building into a hail of bullets, and that's the end.

The movie also lets women have a revenge fantasy - the attempted rapist gets shot; the women pull off a stick up, and they shoot up the truck of a nasty truck driver, etc. No more being a doormat, or men getting away with crappy behavior.
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I was just thinking about this movie today. :wub: What a classic.

This and Fried Green Tomatoes. Great movies with feminist intentions.
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No. Never thought of it that way. Never got that vibe.
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Sep 16 2013, 09:45 AM
No. Never thought of it that way. Never got that vibe.
It's more of a pro-women movie than a lesbian movie.
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Thelma and Louis started off as a female "bromance", but toward the end of the film they were willing to die for each other. They loved each other, but not in a sexual way.

I agree. (Although it's been years since I last saw the movie, maybe I need to watch it again?) They are clearly very fond of each other, but I didn't really pick up on any sexual attraction between them. I had a school-girl crush on Susan Sarandon as Louise and would have loved for Louise to be a lesbian, but if she had been, I don't think she would have picked someone like Thelma for a girlfriend. I always thought those two had more of a big sister/little sister relationship.
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Wake up people. They weren't lesbians. They were just real good friends, nothing more.
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Jul 20 2013, 12:46 AM
I have always wondered if there's some subtext in, it at least to me it's very obvious. How can straight people not pick up on it?
hmm. i never thought of it but make sense now.
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