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SilverDocs Film Preview: Oh, ‘Bi the Way,” Skip this Film

SilverDocs is in full swing. Not sure what documentaries to catch (and which to skip)? After Hours tells you what the critics have to say.

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Title: Bi the Way

The Premise: Does bisexuality even exist?

The Critics:
“A once-over-lightly examination of an alleged cultural phenomenon, Bi the Way recalls the classic joke among journalists regarding what constitutes a trend (punchline: two facts, and a reporter on deadline)… even with sporadic input from academics and anthropologists, however, facile pic never impresses as anything more than a collection of random—and not necessarily representative—anecdotes.”—Joe Leydon, Variety

“The first film from Brittany Blockman and Josephine Decker, Bi The Way would like to be an exploration of our nation’s shifting sexual mores, but it’s so unfocused that it never really manages to argue its thesis, one that some of its own interviewees are hesitant to endorse. Is bisexuality actually on the rise? A slo-mo replay of the Britney-Madonna VMA kiss does not an argument make.”—Alison Willmore,

“[Filmmakers Brittnay Blockman and Josephine Decker] can be a bit too indulgent in their neo-hippie bisexual On The Road, rarely missing a chance to pun on ‘bi’ or create some handy cartoon of humans fucking lunch meats. Still, the filmmakers hit on some more substantive discussion in their profiles of the sexual development of bisexuals from the under-25 ‘Whatever Generation.’”—Amanda Hess, Washington City Paper

Worth the ticket? No. The discussion of sexual fluidity among men and women deserves a better, more focused approach. Skip the film and read this New York magazine article instead.

Showtimes: 9:15 PM. Also on Saturday, June 21 at 11:45 PM.

For tickets and the full SilverDocs schedule, click here.

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