Best Female Road Trip Films
Following a five year hiatus from rom-coms Sarah Jessica Parker returns in the brilliant All Roads Lead to Rome.
When Maggie (Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and The City), an uptight single mother from New York, decides to whisk her troubled teenage daughter Summer (Rosie Day, Misfits) away to a picturesque Tuscan village for some much-needed bonding, it isn’t long before the perfect holiday becomes the perfect getaway.
On their arrival Maggie unexpectedly runs into Luca (Raoul Bova, The Tourist) – a handsome ex-lover still a bachelor and living with his eighty-year-old mother. With Luca and Maggie attempting to navigate the ghosts of relationships past, Summer, who is missing her wayward boyfriend in NYC, and Carmen, secretly planning a wedding against her son’s wishes, find a common ground. Impulsively stealing Luca’s car to race to Rome, the pair are quickly pursued by Maggie and Luca – the former flames are forced to reconnect, realising that sometimes true love deserves a second chance.
In celebration of All Roads Lead to Rome arriving on digital platforms from the 8th February and on DVD from the 29th of February, 2016 courtesy of Signature Entertainment, we take a look at the best female road trips on the big screen…
Starring Britney Spears, Zoe Saldana, and Taryn Manning, Crossroads follows three childhood friends as they road trip across the United States. As children the three girls bury a box, making a pact to open it on their last day of high school. However, things don’t quite pan out for the friends as they all join separate social groups. One is model student, one is a prom queen who is already engaged to her boyfriend, and the other is a pregnant recluse. The box turned into the only thing connecting the girls and on their final day of school they gathered together to open it, spurring the start of their adventure and the revitalization of their friendship.
Spice World (1997)
Step into the world of the iconic British pop group The Spice Girls as they travel around London in their double-decker tour bus before performing their biggest gig yet, a performance at the Royal Albert Hall. The girls encounter a selfish newspaper mogul and his photographer, a stalker film director, two Hollywood writers who keep pitching absurd ideas, and a manger that refuses to let them rest. Through all these hardships the girls begin to see clearly and gain an understanding of what truly matters in life.
Eat Pray Love (2010)
Despite having a husband, a home, and a solid career, Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) was not happy and yearned for change. Following the collapse of her marriage Liz decides to set out on a journey of self-discovery, travelling to three parts of the globe: Italy, India, and Indonesia. In Italy she learns the local language and rekindles her love for food, in India she visits an ashram and meets a yogi who teaches her the importance of spiritual peace, and finally she travels to Bali where she unexpectedly discovers the meaning of true love.
Thelma & Louise (1991)
Less a road trip and more a cross country chase, Thelma & Louise is a story of true friendship. Louise (Susan Sarandon) is a waitress at a diner with an absentee boyfriend and Thelma (Geena Davis) is a submissive housewife with a demanding husband. Following the decision to go on a trip together, things take a turn for the worse when Louise shoots a man who was attempting to rape Thelma. Their weekend getaway escalates into a mission to escape cops and reach peace in Mexico. The taste of freedom consumes the ladies making their journey all the more entertaining in an enthralling build-up to an ending that’s to die for.
Melissa McCarthy takes this lead in this outrageous comedy, as the titular character who, after losing her job at a fast food restaurant, returns home to find her husband enjoying a romantic meal with the neighbour. She immediately packs up to her nearby parent’s house- only to be denied the use of her mom’s car to drive to Niagara Falls. Resorting to an “ailing” grandmother, she doesn’t bank on Grandma Pearl (Sarandon) wanting in on the road trip. From finding love in a bar to robbing a restaurant to bail Pearl out of jail, the quirky road trip keeps up the pace throughout, with charming central performances from the leads.
This film proves that not all road trips have to take place in a car or oversized tour bus to render moments of momentous self-discovery. After a series of unfortunate familial events Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) goes down a dark path of reckless and destructive behaviour. At her lowest point she decides to snap out of it and embark down a different a path, the Pacific Crest Trail. She takes on the enormous 1,100 mile trek completely alone, an incredibly hazardous task for someone as inexperienced as Cheryl. However, through the hardships she manages to heal the damaged part inside her and come out on top.
ALL ROAD LEAD TO ROME is on digital platforms now, and on DVD from 29th February, 2016, courtesy of Signature Entertainment