Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

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Released 1993

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Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

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Director:
Gus Van Sant
Released:
1993
Rating:
R
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues is director Gus Van Sant's ("Good Will Hunting") 1994 colorful, offbeat adaption of the classic counterculture novel by Tom Robbins. Sissy Hankshaw (Uma Thurman, "Gattaca") is both a model and a dedicated hitchhiker, due to her enormously large thumbs. Even though others see her thumbs as a mutation, Sissy treasures them. As she travels between photo shoots and road adventures, she meets a colorful array of kooks from a lesbian rancher, a male Countess, and an uptight Indian named Julian (Keanu Reeves, "The Matrix"), destined to become her love interest. This colorful, if uneven, comedy-drama combines philosophical musings on free love, drug use, animal rights and sexual politics. The highlight of the film is the array of cameo performances from a wide range of talents, such as Roseanne Barr, Heather Graham ("Drugstore Cowboy"), Pat Morita ("The Karate Kid"), Lorraine Bracco ("The Sopranos") and Crispin Glover ("Back to the Future"). Country crooner K.D. Laing provides the sultry soundtrack.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 40

    Variety Deborah Young

    Pic stays on the surface, without attempting any exploration of painful depths. Result is at best amusing; at worst, uninvolving, often confusing, and sometimes a little boring.

  • 30

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    One of the many problems with Gus Van Sant's tortured, worked-over Even Cowgirls Get the Blues is that Sissy Hankshaw talks like a novel, and a dated one at that.

  • 12

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Even Cowgirls Get the Blues is one of the more empty, pointless, baffling films I can remember, and the experience of viewing it is an exercise in nothingness.

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