Grungy, horrific but also terribly righteous and exquisitely funny to boot, this film blows away the cobwebs of so many boring genre flicks. It's far from subtle in its addressing of raw social issues like abuse, racism, youth & justice and in doing so through its characterisations and ripe dialogue risks feeling a little raw in a 21st century context, but it's from a rougher time. One forgets how tawdry the nineties really were, epitomised by the urban LA environ referenced here. In fact although on one level it's a neat moral fable with sex and violence kind of dumped in, it goes much further and deeper than first appearances with the wit of the writing and the skills of the two leads. Freeway ends up commenting on the moral environment of Red Riding Hood, Wolf if you like, in reality the hostile society the girl is persecuted by. I dare say it's a femminst movie albeit one that traces a delicate line, dancing with the sexploitation culture - it sets out to first court and so draw interest, and then to cheerfully crush. You soon much of the plot is really shocking and far from predicable, and the usual victim/assailant roles can't be relied upon. Light of foot and viscerally profound, this is in a superlative class - there's few movies that document, challenge, amuse and horrify all pretty much at the same time.
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