|Patrick Fabian stars in DriverX|
The shoulder lapels. The buttons. The elastic waist.
The few, the proud, wear a uniform. The few, the proud, wear a Members Only Jacket.
For those who wore one, or knew one who wore one, we know the meaning of them. Coolness. Popularity. Partying. A Chick Magnet. It's what the hot guys - or shall I say "hunks" - wore decades ago.. A Members Only Jacket is the ultimate symbol of 80's youth and vigor, a symbol of how the baby boomers who paid no attention to that nomenclature at that time during that era defined itself.
Patrick Fabian makes a perfect Leonard. He is totally believable as someone who just doesn't want to give up his youth and who still retains the handsome good looks he had which could get him in trouble. Muscles transend age. The movie is heavy with dialogue for him, and he does a great job, though I heard that there was some ad-libbing going on as the car scenes were really shot inside a car, driving around at night in the dark.
|Behind the Scenes: Henry Barrial, Daniel Lynn (DP)|
Melissa Fumero, Mark Stolaroff and Patrick Fabian
Sometimes Leonard sees things he shouldn't be seeing and sometimes he sees things he doesn't want to be seeing. Sometimes he connects with people. There's a great story line in there about a passenger named Tommy that he connects with, which gives Leonard even more food for thought about the path of his own life. Desmin Borges makes this complex character very likeable.
I watched this movie with my husband, who especially appreciated the music references, some common some obsure so get ready to Google. Watch for them throughout the movie. And here's a bit of trivia, Leonard is seen donning a Rush t-shirt because that is Fabian's fave band.
Best line to my husband was when Leonard said "So what?" to his wife who was rambling on incessantly about a juice cleanse she was going to do, which he frankly was tired of hearing about. From my perspective, I was quite interested in this juice cleanse. In dialogue such as this Henry was on-point with the banter between husbands and wives. This helps give the movie appeal to both sexes even though they will each see the lines from their perspective. But together, the message for both male and female is that time passes, things change, and you can't go back. But when you have a significant other in your life, you can fear the future together.
This movie is not yet available but is making the film festival circuit, Take an uber or Lyft and get to the theater. You'll laugh, you'll nod, you'll think. I don't think there's any other movie out that goes so deeply into the mind of a ride-share service driver and uses it as a backdrop for coming of age. Original, clever and funny with a true-to-life performance by Fabian.