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One of the great entertainingly bad films!
toptip from New York City
12 September 2010
Once in a blue moon Hollywood will crap out a film, usually straight to
video, that is so unbelievably bad it's a kind of miracle it was ever
made, much less given distribution. Dreamrider is just such a film. So
bad it's good. A true story about a young amputee named Bruce Jennings
(Matthew Gerriak) who takes up cycling and becomes the first one-legged
person to bicycle across America, riding from Fullerton, California to
Boston, Massachussetts. Before he begins his impressive journey,
however, he must survive a baptism of fire learning to cope with his
handicap. Sounds like it's got promise, don't it? An uplifting story
about a young man beating the odds, pulling himself up out of a deep
depression and adjusting magnificently to the curve-balls hurled his
way. Well, an inspiring true story is not enough to make a good film
(this is actually made-for-cable, but that's no excuse). Not when you
cast arguably the worst "actor" ever given a lead role in a film
production. Not when you cast a guy obviously on speed as his best
friend. Not when you cast Jay Richardson, wannabe porn actor and
Cinemax soft-core mainstay as the dad! Not when you have a script from
hell. And not when you have two of the most incompetent directors of
all time running the show. This monstrosity actually won an award for
best editing at the World Fest-Houston International Film Festival.
(What was the competition?!) And, astonishingly, was actually
transferred to DVD, which means, even more astonishingly, there must be
demand for it.
Look out for James Earl Jones as the wise old codger at the
convalescent home. Favorite Lines (you'll have to see the film to know
why): "I'm going to ride across the country for crying out loud! And
nobody can stop me. I think it's exciting. I think it's fantastic....
Are you jealous?" "You dog, why didn't you tell me about that?"
"Anybody want some chicken?" "What more do I need? I have my models,
the sunshine, motion pictures on the TV...."
Dreamriders is not not quite as gloriously awful as Tommy Wiseau's The
Room, but close.
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