‘Bingo’ has a lot of empty squares

Los Angeles Times - - AT THE MOVIES - — Katie Walsh

A young man finds a re­newed pas­sion for art in the tri­fle “Art Show Bingo,” writ­ten and di­rected by Matthew Fine. James Maslow stars as Wil, a painter who tried and failed to make it in the art scene in New York City. He’s back home, help­ing his dad run a self-stor­age busi­ness, when his fair weather ex Su­san (Lil­lian Solange Beau­doin) in­vites him to be part of an art fair.

Wil loads up his paint­ings and his mis­chievous brother Or­rie (Jesse Pepe), who’s equipped with cam­eras to doc­u­ment the ex­cur­sion, and plunges into the world of the trav­el­ing art fair. He soon dis­cov­ers a com­mu­nity of quirky artists and ar­ti­sans and falls for the pur­ple­haired Rachel (Ella Len­tini).

“Art Show Bingo” is ex­ceed­ingly pleas­ant but shal­low. The char­ac­ters rely heav­ily on stereo­type, es­pe­cially Su­san, who is pit­ted as a ro­man­tic ri­val to Rachel in a half-hearted sub­plot. The main con­flicts in the film aren’t all that com­pelling — Wil ex­press­ing to his fa­ther that he wants to make his art, while Or­rie med­dles in his love life, ex­ploit­ing it for his film.

Through­out this gold­en­hued but bland story, there’s a con­stant sound­track of acous­tic in­die bal­lads that string to­gether the of­ten ran­dom scenes of Wil mak­ing new friends in the art fair world. There are so many mu­sic cues that they al­most in­stantly lose their sig­nif­i­cance. “Art Show Bingo” might be sweet, but it’s dra­mat­i­cally in­ert. “Art Show Bingo.” Not rated. Run­ning time: 1 hour, 29 min­utes. Play­ing: Arena Cinelounge Sun­set, Hol­ly­wood.

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