Tag: 2001

Bandits (2001)

Bandits (2001) follows the story of the “sleepover bandits” Joe and Terry, who find themselves in a love triangle with Kate when she refuses to choose between them. In contrast to our previous “polyandry” reviews, Joe and Terry meet Kate together as she is fleeing her painfully boring life with as housewife to a rich but negligent husband, and each develops a relationship with her.  When they begin to fight and tell her to choose, she takes a stand and explains that she feels no need to choose, and that she wants each man for very different reasons.  After much banditry, the film ends with a successful relationship as the three make their way to Mexico and live happily ever after.  However, this relationship is outside the law, and even the country.  The ending reflects well on polyamory, but only within an outlaw context.  This contrasts with the legal shows’ polygynous themes, which demonstrate a concern for legitimizing the arrangement.  The main characters in Bandits were already outlaws, and feel no need to legitimate their outlaw relationship.