Rating: R for graphic violence and language
Run Time: 1 hour, 41 minutes
A virtually unrecognizable Charlize Theron delivers a visceral and gut-wrenching performance as a reckless woman pushed to the edge and beyond.
Theron plays Aileen Wuornos, a white-trash drifter who’s been working the streets since age thirteen. Men problems, money problems, and the daily-ness of life have combined to construct a hard edge around Aileen’s psyche. Her desire for a little faith in something – in anything -- is palpably distressing.
Enter Selby Wall (Christina Ricci), a seemingly innocent student who takes a shine to Aileen and vice versa. Spotting an opportunity for some kind of a connection, Aileen makes an awkward sexual advance. Selby, a “recovering” lesbian, sparks to Aileen’s pathetic desperation, and reluctantly agrees to move in with her.
Once a victim always a victim. Determined to catch a break, Aileen sets out to land a job so she can support herself and Selby the old-fashioned way. Her aggressive attitude lands her exactly nowhere; her frustration building to the boiling point. Falling back on her old hooking habits, Aileen is manhandled by one of her johns and blows the creep to smithereens in a bloody and vicious frenzy.
Aileen Wuornos was executed last year after serving twelve years on
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