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OFF Review: “Bicycle Lane”

January 29, 2010

By Chad Larson

“Bicycle Lane” is, at it’s heart, the quintessential American story: a guy facing trials and tribulations to get to the girl he pines after. It’s a story of Don, a guy whose truck won’t start on the way to a very important event. He borrows a bicycle from his neighbor, and begins a harrowing journey across Los Angeles.

The characters in the film are written and acted believably. Don seems very much like someone who would be in my group of friends in real life, and his interactions with his roommate, his sister and others seem true to life.

For some strange reason, I got it in my head that this was a pseudo-documentary when I first read about it. Where in the world I got that from, I don’t know. So I was pleasantly surprised to find a comedy inside.

The film has a good soundtrack full of songs that I sadly didn’t recognize. It’s your usual indie band sound, which fits the movie overall.

The cinematography is good as well – the streets of L.A. create a gorgeous backdrop and the film is well lit and well shot both indoors and out.

The film also introduces the most irritating character I’ve ever encountered in a movie not starring Larry the Cable Guy – Jared the boss. Jared sort of looks like Matisyahu and is played off to be the “asshole guy who says everything that no one else would and antagonizes the main character” guy, and if the goal was to create a completely unlikeable character, they totally nailed it.

Bicycle Lane is pretty funny and worth putting on your film fest schedule, so do yourself a favor and check it out! The film stars Don Black and is directed by Jeffrey W. Ruggles, both will be in attendance at the fest to answer questions about the film.

“Bicycle Lane” plays at the Oxford Film Festival on Friday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m.


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