We open with a country road under a country sky with some country music twanging in the background. We're all set up for outlaws galloping across the screen.
Then we meet Louise Sawyer (Susan Sarandon), who is waiting tables with toughness and grace in a little old diner in who-knows-where, Arkansas.
Louise calls up her friend Thelma Dickinson (Geena Davis) about a fishing trip they're going to take together for the weekend. We know Thelma is hot stuff, but she's married to a hothead dump sluggard named Darryl (Christopher McDonald). If the turquoise blazer doesn't tell you everything, he's a first class jerk.
Too scared to ask him straight up about going away for the weekend, Thelma, after packing—and dropping a handgun in her bag for good measure—leaves Darryl a note.
Louise picks Thelma up in a '66 Thunderbird, and they take the world's best selfie.