Our Rating: ★★½☆☆
L Factor: Major lesbian character
Short Take: Jules learns to live her life without depending on a man. Loyal friend Vicki is in love with her, but it is unrequited.
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Year: 2003
Duration: 97 min
Language: USA/English
Director: Brian Austin Green
Writer: Jenna Mattison
Starring: Jenna Mattison, Brad Rowe, Bryan Callen, Jennifer Blanc, Jennifer Sky

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Fish Without a Bicycle

The name of this movie comes from the feminist slogan, ‘A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.’ Unfortunately, unless you’re heterosexual, the film doesn’t live up to its title.

Jules (Jenna Mattison) is a woman with a perfect boyfriend (Brad Rowe), but when she gets the lead in a local play, she falls for Michael, the director (Bryan Callen). She’s confused about what to do with her love life and goes to stay with her friend Vicki (Jennifer Blanc) while she figures it all out. Vicki’s advice is that she should find herself rather than focus on men, but Jules is all about getting the jerk Michael.

When Jules finally hits bottom emotionally, loyal friend Vicki reveals that she has been in love with her since the third grade. They kiss, but Jules’ reaction is less than positive when she leaves and tells Vicki that they’re just going to pretend that the conversation never even happened.

They do talk again, friends as long as Vicki understands that it is an unrequited love. Jules ends up with Ben (Brian Austin Green), her play co-star, but by then she understands that her own happiness doesn’t depend on a man. Vicki slips back into her role of supporting Jules without regard to her own needs and feelings.

Also includes a brief appearance from Jennifer Sky (Amarice in ‘Xena’).  (AB)