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Fish Without A Bicycle - DRAMA (2004)

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  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00097BJKO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,128,729 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2.0 out of 5 stars okay film, but still a vanity affair February 3, 2007
[...]FISH WITHOUT A BICYCLE is also supposed to be about "late bloomers." Lead character Jenna Mattison laments that her life has no direction, despite that she's about to turn 25. 25 doesn't sound like a late bloomer to me, but okay.

Some of the films in this genre are good, some not so good. FISH WITHOUT A BICYCLE is okay, not great. It has a quasi-verite style, with the camera often panning back and forth between the characters, in a sort like on MTV.

Like most of these indie films, there's no clear storyline. Rather, events meander from situation to situation. People date, get dumped, go to singles bars, discuss sex and love, date some more, dump some more, etc.

As is usually the case, there are some strong moments among tiresome cliches. Brad Rowe plays an "alpha male" (by his own admission) who's crude and boorish to women, yet exudes animal magnetism that attracts them even as he abuses them. Rowe is effective in this role, giving his character just enough arrogant charm that we can believe women are attracted to him, even as we see what a jerk he is.

There's also some silly PC boilerplate. At one point, Mattison's best friend expresses her lesbian love for Mattison. This initially upsets the straight Mattison. Then Mattison meets a bag lady on Hollywood Blvd., who offers words of wisdom. This Bag Lady tells Mattison that love is so rare and precious, that we shouldn't mind or care whether what age, or color, or gender it comes from. That we shouldn't be so quick to discount it's potential for everlasting love.

Well, that's just idiotic. Color may not matter, but gay or straight, most people care very much about the sex of the person who expresses love. To say otherwise is just divorced from reality.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, risk-taking and thoughtful... November 12, 2012
This movie centre's around Julianna (Jenna Mattison, who wrote it), a young woman who leaves her boyfriend because he's a boring 'too nice' guy. So she goes on some 'adventures', suggested by her friend 'Vicki'.

What ensues is the usual 'ground-breaking' and 'taboo' stuff that was actually standard back in 2004; oral, blind dates, stalkers, tampon-throwing and the lesbian kiss. If you were thinking this was a send-up of society, think again; this is meant to be a statement about a woman's 'self-discovery'. Julianna keeps chanting 'I've gotta go and find myself' like a Maharishi chanting a mantra, and then there's the 'inspirational' moment where an old homeless lady says the magic words 'follow your heart'. Oh wow! What deep, original prose!

To know how thoughtful this is, take the voice over at the end to explain Julianna's inner thinking "Maybe I'll win an oscar, Maybe I'll sell out and star in a tampon commercial, maybe I'll marry Ben and have 6 kids... but the one thing I do know, is that I don't know" - ah yes, the important choices that women face.

After leaving boring Danny she falls in love with some arrogant jerk called Michael before falling for another nice guy called Ben. When Danny finds out she's cheating he angrily throws her luggage down the stairs. For me, that was the highlight of the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Raw February 28, 2010
I was intrigued by the title so I bought this and I have to say that the first half was pretty quirky and funny and I thought it would just be a fluffy movie about dating but the second half was raw and had alot of intense emotion and the lead character's insecurieties made me relate to her. I thought all the actors gave solid preformances but I loved Jules & Vicki's friendship the best and the dialogue was really snappy and witty. Overall, totally enjoyable!
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