Based on the novel written by best selling author Tom Robins, Uma Thurman stars playing Sissy Hankshaw, the over sized thumb toting hitch hiker. Mocked by her family and all others around her while growing up, she took one of her dad's comments to heart about her only being good at hitch hiking, if she were a boy. Starting at a young age, Sissy begins her hitch hiking practice when she is just a kid. Getting from home to the library and every where else she needs to go.
As an adult, Sissy travels the road using her thumbs, every last inch of them after being laid of from a modeling job for a female douche product. When short on cash, Sissy makes her way back to New York to meet gentlemen callers that her previous employer (The Countess) sets her up with. With only a P.O. Box for contact it is by no means a full-time position. During meetings, Sissy hears bits and pieces of a ranch the eccentric man owns called the Rubber Rose (Named after the Rubber Rose Douche Bag) Beauty Ranch run by a woman named Jellybean for women.
On the ranch is the last flock of whooping cranes. After some bad press from the FDA, the Countess sends her to the Rubber Rose to await the mating ritual so as to have the original poster girl pose with the them. The Countess advises her to stay away from the wacky cowgirls on the ranch as well as the man living in the hills near by that those who have read the book know as the Chink (Ho Ho Ha Ha He He).
Those that have read the book by Tom Robins might find themselves to be disappointed in the movie. A big chunk of the book is left out. However, it does attempt to touch points on important parts of the book to get the story down. The acting is very limited as far as talent goes and not getting the full understanding of just how miraculous Sissy finds her thumbs to be in all their magical wonder, leaves the unknowing viewers looking at Sissy Hankshaw like a complete weirdo as they watch her perform her thumb routines to catch a ride.
In addition to not describing Sissy very well at all, her relationships that we were tied into in the book were hardly touched. The only relationship that it chose to focus on, was her relationship with Bonanza Jellybean. I'm not sure if that was due to the racy content that they would be able to put in the movie or the fact that they outright focused on Sissy's relation with the Rubber Rose Ranch and the cowgirls. You only get a blink of Julian and there is virtually no relationship between the two of them at all.
The Chink, though seen more in the movie than Julian, still had a relatively small role as well. As far as Sissy's relationship with him, it was very short lived and it appeared that there wasn't much of a bond between the two of them, which readers know to be very different. I was kind of disappointed that the Chink had such a small role. He was one of my favorite characters in the book. Definitely not a movie to recommend to those that love the book but a good watch if you've got some time to kill and you don't mind the book being slaughtered.