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THE BIKERIDERS

What You Need To Know:

THE BIKERIDERS is a drama set between 1965 and 1973 about the rise and fall of a motorcycle club in Chicago called the Vandals. It’s told from the perspective of Kathy, a woman who marries the newest member of the club in a whirlwind romance. As time passes, the club grows across the Midwest. However, when the drug culture hits in the late 60s, the newer members change the Vandals into a violent gang. Kathy tries to save her husband, Benny, from becoming one of their victims.

THE BIKERIDERS is an entertaining look at the motorcycle club subculture in the 1960s. The one thing that holds the movie together is a fabulous, appealing performance by Jodie Comer as the reluctant biker girl in love with her man. The movie validates Kathy’s desire to leave the motorcycle club and have a normal family life with Benny. However, the movie’s plot is more of a patchwork of incidents than a single storyline. THE BIKERIDERS is also marred by many “f” words, some strong profanities, lots of alcohol use, and sudden violence when things turn sour.

Content:

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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Mixed pagan worldview in a matter-of-fact look at the rise and fall of a lawless Midwest motorcycle club that devolves into a violent gang, but the movie ultimately validates the sentiments of a married woman of one of the club members to leave the club behind and have a normal family life, plus a funeral takes place at a church in one scene;

Foul Language:
At least 99 obscenities (including at least 75 “f” words), three profanities using the name of Jesus Christ in some way, six GD profanities, and one light profanity;

Violence:
Two men severely beat up a motorcycle club man and nearly sever his foot with a shovel, motorcycle club burns down the club where their friend was brutally beaten by two civilians, man shot in leg, three men are executed by motorcycle gang members who get involved in selling drugs, two men are sliced with knives, man beats another man in a challenge to his club leadership, and man shot dead point blank;

Sex:
There are no sex scenes, but a woman lives with her boyfriend until another man comes along and she ends up marrying him, a few sexual references, and three younger motorcycle gang members try to force a woman upstairs to rape her, but she’s saved by the older gang leader who intervenes;

Nudity:
No nudity;

Alcohol Use:
Lots of alcohol use and some drunkenness;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
Lots of cigarette smoking, a scene of marijuana use, a motorcycle club evolves into selling drugs, a man is shown injecting heroin in one scene; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Jealousy, violating traffic laws, evading police, men get into brawls.

More Detail:

THE BIKERIDERS is a drama set between 1965 and 1973 about the rise and fall of a motorcycle club, told from the perspective of a woman who falls for one of the two main bikers and wants to save her husband from ending up like many of the guys in the club. THE BIKERIDERS is an entertaining look at the motorcycle club subculture in the 1960s, with a fabulous, appealing performance by Jodie Comer as the reluctant biker girl in love with her man, but the movie is more of a patchwork of incidents rather than a single storyline and is marred by many “f” words, some strong profanities, lots of alcohol use, and sudden violence when things turn sour.

THE BIKERIDERS is based on a series of interviews a photojournalist, Danny, does between 1965 to 1973 with the wife of one of the two leaders of the Vandals, a fictional motorcycle club based out of Chicago.

Kathy first tells Danny how she met her future husband. She went to a motorcycle club hangout bar to meet a friend who was the girlfriend of one of a motorcycle the guys. Kathy isn’t impressed with the club members, including the club’s charismatic leader, Johnny. However, one guy playing pool, Benny, catchers her eye. Kathy has a boyfriend, though, so she rebuffs him.

That doesn’t stop Benny, however. He follows her home and camps silently outside her house with his bike. This humorously intimidates Kathy’s live-in boyfriend, and five weeks later Kathy and Benny get married.

Benny isn’t about to give up the Vandals lifestyle, however, which frustrates Kathy to no end. Despite that, when Benny gets into a vicious unprovoked fight with two civilians, Kathy’s the one who helps him recover from his injuries.

As time passes, the Vandals starts to grow. They establish clubs throughout the Midwest. However, when the drug culture grows in the late 1960s, younger men start to join the club, and it turns into a violent motorcycle gang rather than a club where guys who like motorcycles hang out together to drink beer and ride their bikes.

So, the question becomes whether Kathy can save Benny from becoming one of the gang’s fatalities.

THE BIKERIDERS is an entertaining look at the motorcycle club subculture in the 1960s. The one thing that keeps the movie together is a fabulous, appealing performance by Jodie Comer as the reluctant biker girl in love with her man. However, the movie is more of a patchwork of incidents rather than a single storyline. Also, although the movie validates Kathy’s desire to leave the motorcycle club and have a normal family life with Benny, it’s marred by many “f” words, some strong profanities, lots of alcohol use, and sudden violence when things turn sour. THE BIKERIDERS has no sex scenes, but there is one scene where a woman is saved when three men try to take her upstairs to rape her.


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