| 92 min | Comedy, Drama
- Matt Mungle @themungle
select theaters May 22nd.
have seen Blythe Danner play the supporting role splendidly. But can
she carry an entire film? We get the chance to find out in the geriatric
Drama-Com, I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS.
Petersen (Danner) spends most of her days in the same fashion. She has
a set schedule of gardening, drinking wine, reading, and playing
cards with her friends. When a sudden tragic event rattles her
routine she begins to branch out and explore what else life has
to offer. Things really spice up when she meets Bill (Sam Elliott),
a suave, free spirit who seems to know how to truly live.
These changes get Carol out of her shell and back in the game.
is a sweet movie that shows how one woman decided to take control of
her future and discover that she has a lot left to give and to explore.
Danner is fantastic and grounds the character into the story line. She doesn't over
play the role or try to move and breathe outside her age bracket. This isn't a fantasy
about someone doing things that are inconceivable. Instead it is a relevant
and believable piece of fiction. Carol is a simple woman who has
a lot of life left to live. The film shows her going through highs and
lows. It doesn't sugar coat her world but shows that real
life deals some hard hands sometimes. Bottom line is that Danner conveys
all the emotion that comes with that perfectly.
is also enjoyable to see Sam Elliott have fun with a character. He is
always the man's man and with the voice and eyebrows he can still deliver
the "smooth". As with Carol, Bill is not trying to recapture his youth
but instead live out his life taking advantage of the finer things.
They are both comfortable in their demographic. The supporting cast
includes 3 very funny and talented older women. June Squibb, Rhea Perlman,
and Mary Kay Place prove that there needs to be more roles in Hollywood
for ladies like this. Writer/Director Brett Haley pens a script
that gives them all a chance to shine and then steps back and expertly
directs them in each scene.
See You In My Dreams is rated PG-13 for sexual material, drug use
and brief strong language. There is nothing crude or offensive in this
film. Granted it is made for older audiences and the experience might
be lost on younger viewers. It is the perfect date night for married
couples or those needing a little reminder that life does hold lots
of living. I give it 3.75 out of 5 munchies. Heartwarming, sincere,
and emotional. With a good dose of smiles.
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