Pedal Pushers


“My soulful eyes have brought you a delivery. Sign here.”

“Premium Rush,” out Friday, stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a bike messenger who picks up a package and adventure ensues! Because you know what always brings adventure? Bikes. For proof, keep reading.

 

“Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” (1985)

Most of the titular adventure involves the Bowtied Wonder searching for his beloved bike, which is supposedly hiding in the basement of the Alamo. Ask about it the next time you tour the Texas landmark — we’re sure the guides aren’t sick of that question yet.

“E.T.” (1982)

The classic scene of the two-wheeled escape convinced children of the ’80s that with just enough heart and a big enough ramp, they could reach the moon. Instead, they mostly just racked up huge ER bills.

“The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (2005)

His lack of a car signals that Steve Carell’s character just isn’t ready to grow up and be an adult. Well, that and the video games. And the toys. And the lack of emotional maturity.

“The Wizard of Oz” (1939)

In a film that’s largely about walking, the frame story’s villainess prefers to pedal. Miss Gulch is after Toto and is willing to bike in a long skirt to get him.

“The Muppet Movie” (1979)

In this CGI-filled world, it’s hard to communicate the gasp that went through theaters in 1979 when Kermit rode a bike. KERMIT. WITH LEGS. Will wonders never cease?

Kristen Page-Kirby covers film for The Washington Post Express.
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