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Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby (1999, Natasha Lyonne, María Celedonio)



Sentenced to 25 years for robbing her clients, prostitute Crystal (Natasha Lyonne) meets fellow inmate Cyclona (Maria Celedonio), a violent lesbian prone to vivid hallucinations. The pair vow to escape prison and as fugitives they have the same solution to any problem: kill it. Heading over the Mexican border, the fugitives decide to call on Sister Gomez (Vincent Gallo), whose Tijuana orphanage appears to be the perfect sanctuary.

But the girls soon realise that Gomez is a fraud, and uses religion as a smokescreen for his paedophile activities, centered around a ‘church’ where children are imprisoned. It’s up to Crystal and Cyclona to save the kids and see off the crazed deviant nun…

Sensitivity, insight and innovation are just three of the qualities missing from Bright’s blatant remake of the cult hit Freeway, which saw Reese Witherspoon evading serial killer Kiefer Sutherland. It’s crass, crude and hugely enjoyable as a sort of Sapphic Wild At Heart, dispensing with the humour of the original to rewrite Hansel and Gretel with Gallo’s big bad witch the centrepiece, and the actor struggles beyond the plot to deliver a genuinely sinister turn which makes the girls’ mission halfway credible.

production details
USA | 97 minutes | 1999

Writer and Director: Matthew Bright

Natasha Lyonne as White Girl
María Celedonio as Cyclona
David Alan Grier as Mr. Butz
Vincent Gallo as Sister Gomez
April Telek as Mrs. Wilson
Bob Dawson as Detective Crefilo
Jenn Griffin as Detective Dollar
Max Perlich as Flacco
Michael T. Weiss as Drifter
John Landis as Judge