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Julianna (Jenna Mattison) is a struggling actress in a dead end relationship with Danny (Brad Rowe), a fireman who no longer lights her fire. When she decides to leave him and go "find ... See full summary »

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Julianna (Jenna Mattison) is a struggling actress in a dead end relationship with Danny (Brad Rowe), a fireman who no longer lights her fire. When she decides to leave him and go "find herself" she ends up falling in love with an egotistical director, Michael (Bryan Callen), who can barely fit her in between Pilates classes. Written by WomanInLove

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Rated R for some strong sexual content and language
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The title is derived from the saying "A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle", commonly attributed to Gloria Steinem, who herself credited Irina Dunn. Dunn may have adapted the aphorism "A man without faith is like a fish without a bicycle", by Charles S. Harris, published in the Swarthmore Phoenix at Swarthmore College in the US on April 7, 1958. (Yale Book of Quotations) See more »

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Absolute Garbage
15 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Fish Without a Bicycle" is more like "Script Without an Independent Thought," and there's minimal unintentional comedy in the directorial debut of "Beverly Hills 90210" alum Brian Austin Green. BAG's direction is pretty empty (empty bag- get it) but Hitchcock, Kubrick or Kurosawa couldn't have saved this one.

Writer/star Jenna Mattison is a disaster; physically, the big hair and unnatural Joker smile are really distracting, and her character Julianna is a child emotionally. Jules leaves a good guy (Brad Rowe) for a bad guy (Bryan Callen), and if that doesn't work out, there's another good guy (BAG) waiting with baited breath. She has an equally unlikable best friend Vicki, who influences Jules to date more using some metaphor about eating lots of cheeses until you find your favorite. You're so profound Vicki, even if you're a girl who looks like "The Crow" and the singer from AFI simultaneously. Then Jules meets a homeless women who has similarly oversimplified advice like "Sometimes you gotta be lost to find your way." Come on Jules, that's your sage??

Callen ("Mad TV," "Fat Actress") is pretty funny as the pompous play director who wants Jules, gets her, doesn't want her, wants someone else and then wants her back, but if that's the lone selling point of the film, yikes. Vicki's late revelation makes no sense given how self-important she is, Ronnie is not at all how Yankee fans act, and BAG's character Ben is a fool if he goes along with Jules' final plan, which not surprisingly, is no plan at all. The biggest regret of "Fish Without a Bicycle" is not giving enough time to Jules' "Cowgirl's Blues," so we could see a bad actress play a bad actress acting poorly in a play.


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