It’s only getting a 9% on the Tomatometer, but I still can’t wait to see this one. Read the New York Times review of Girl On A Bicycle with Vincenzo Amato.
By Neil Genzlinger
If you’re willing to believe the old moviemaking canard that beautiful, intelligent women are attracted to underachieving men with no ambition or prospects, then you’ll find “Girl on a Bicycle” to be a sweet, often witty romantic comedy.
Paolo (Vincenzo Amato) is an Italian living in Paris, where he drives a tour bus, peppering his narrative for the customers with asides explaining how Italy is superior to France in all sorts of ways.
He becomes engaged to Greta (Nora Tschirner), his longtime German girlfriend, an attractive flight attendant with a sharp sense of humor. But shortly thereafter, he is smitten by a lovely Frenchwoman, Cécile (Louise Monot), who keeps appearing beside his bus at traffic lights, riding her bicycle.
That leads to preposterous complications that have Paolo dashing back and forth between Greta and Cécile, keeping Greta in the dark about why he is constantly disappearing. It’s a variation on one of the oldest comic setups: the two-dates-at-once conundrum. Here, an added wrinkle is that Cécile’s two young children also become part of the mix, as does Paolo’s friend Derek (Paddy Considine).
It’s all light as a feather, with Jeremy Leven, the writer and director, landing some good multinational jokes along the way.
“Girl on a Bicycle” is rated R (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian) for a bit of bad language and a few flashes of nudity.