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by Leslie Rigoulot

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January 21, 1996

In an recent article on Kiefer Sutherland, he was referred to as a character actor. I've never thought of him in those terms but in his attempt to reinvent his career, he obviously has. In the big studio "Eye for an Eye" and now in the independent "Freeway", he has chosen the role of villain and it hasn't always been his best choice.

Reese Witherspoon is the hapless Vanessa who is caught in both a dysfunctional family and society. Is foster care really better than her hooker mother and sexually abusive step-father? Who will believe her claims that a respected psychologist is really the I-5 serial killer? Interesting questions, but not well done. From the animated little red riding hood opening credits to the wolf hiding in grandma's cap and gown, we are clobbered with excess as if we wouldn't understand a subtle fable. But then Oliver Stone is the executive producer, so, well, enough said.

Reese Witherspoon will probably be the next Alicia Silverstone. "Freeway probably won't hurt Dan Hedaya's truly character actor career, but I don't think it is going to help Kiefer at all.

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