‘From Hol­ly­wood to Rose’ and other films.

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Katie Walsh

The pub­lic trans­porta­tion sys­tem in Los An­ge­les gets a bad rap, but the mi­cro-bud­get in­die com­edy “From Hol­ly­wood to Rose” wants to change that.

Di­rected by Liz Gra­ham and Matt Ja­cobs, the film is a trib­ute to rid­ing the bus in L.A. and the bits of magic one might find rid­ing up and down Hol­ly­wood Boule­vard.

Pro­ducer-ac­tress Eve An­nen­berg stars as a for­lorn and mis­be­got­ten pas­sen­ger out­fit­ted in a truly out­landish bri­dal cos­tume: gi­ant bow, smeared mas­cara, crazy glasses, rhine­ston­es­tud­ded plat­forms and all. With this get-up, we get an inkling that this film is a bit too en­am­ored of its own af­fec­tions and quirks.

Dur­ing her jour­ney, she en­coun­ters an as­sort­ment of char­ac­ters, and her story pours out. She’s dodg­ing the calls of her be­trothed, whom she left at the al­tar, and her venge­ful sis­ter. Along the way, she con­nects with a pair of Kevin Smith-type film nerds, who ag­gres­sively de­fend their re­spec­tive po­si­tions on the oeu­vre of Christopher Nolan.

She also chats with a for­mer in­mate with a lot of opin­ions on bri­dal fash­ion, a Chi­nese mail or­der bride, a di­vorced yoga de­voteé, and many more.

“From Hol­ly­wood to Rose” is in­tended to cap­ture the serendip­ity that can be found around us, even, and maybe es­pe­cially on the bus. While it’s a cute love let­ter to a cer­tain strip of L.A., and An­nen­berg brings a win­some­ness to her role, the story is thin and clichéd, re­ly­ing on tired gags and stereo­types for hu­mor.

“From Hol­ly­wood to Rose.” Not rated. Run­ning time: 1 hour, 26 min­utes. Play­ing: Laemmle Mu­sic Hall, Bev­erly Hills.

Irv­ing Or­ders White­fish Pro­duc­tion

BRADLEY HER­MAN, left, Eve An­nen­berg and Maxx Maulion play char­ac­ters who con­nect.

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