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    Gasoline Rainbows

    Baltimore is less

    "Gasoline Rainbows," about a young high school grad stuck pumping gas in Baltimore while his friends are off getting college degrees, goes, like its protagonist, absolutely nowhere.


    "Gasoline Rainbows" feels like a good movie, looks like a good movie — you expect it to become a good movie until it finally ends without having made any move toward becoming one.

    Directed by: Jeff Cricchi.
    Written by: Jim Cricchi, Nadia Saah.
    Cast: Jeff Tremper, John Ellsberry, Joann Cricchi, Christina Mirabile, Angelo Mirabile, J.D. Stone, Kyle Riley, Joy Ehrlich, Nora Pierce, Nick Psaltos, Valerie Long, Peter Keck, Dawne Hindle, Rodney Bonds.

    Related links: Official site
    It's the story of Max, a young adult from the Baltimore who, unlike his best friends who have just finished college and are on their way to promising careers, is still hanging around at home doing pretty much nothing. This is Max's so-called life: sleep late, play guitar for a while, hang out with friends, work nights at a gas station, drink a beer, go to sleep. Looking for a girlfriend is also an occasional pursuit.

    And that's about it for Max. We're supposed to feel his angst — and in fact, we really want to — but the moment of explanation, of epiphany, of what this story's been all about, never arrives. We're left following Max through his humdrum days, strung along by a hint of a music career, a tendency toward irritability, a few mild oddities, the faintest signs that this story is going somewhere. Like Max's life, it doesn't.

    JULY 10, 2001

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