Saturday, May 28, 2016

Girl on a Bicycle - 5 stars out of 10

Girl on a Bicycle - 5 stars out of 10

"Girl on a Bicycle" is a cute international romantic comedy that strikes a good balance between situational comedy and cheesy romantic moments.  The story is formulaic but I was legitimately interested to see how the it would resolve itself.  Even with a musical score that you might expect from a Lifetime Original Movie, the film's quality supersedes that of a typical low-budget indie film.  I wouldn't hand out any Oscars to these leads, but I greatly enjoyed the performances of Nora Tschirner, Vincenzo Amato, and Louise Monot.  They formed impressive chemistry with one another and individually brought a lot of gumption to their characters.  Also, if you enjoy accents, then this is the movie for you!  The setting captures the essence of Paris and the decision to have a French, German, and Italian lead speaking in their native tongue and accent makes the film unique.  There are some eye-rolling moments and much of the story is unrealistic; still, it is all worth it for that scene on the airplane where Tschirner steals out hearts.  "Girl on a Bicycle" isn't my favorite chick flick (in fact, it probably belongs in the "guilty pleasure" genre) but it provides a nice break from the next flavor-of-the-month Nicholas Sparks adaptation.

[Pictured: The movie is cheesy but you can't help but love its characters]

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