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Dreamland (2006)



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A selfless teen who has always put the needs of others before her own experiences a personal crisis after setting her best friend up with her handsome new neighbor in an affecting coming-of-age drama starring Agnes Bruckner, Kelli Garner, and Justin Long. Ever since Audrey's (Bruckner) mother died, the compassionate 18-year-old has dedicated her life to caring for her still-grieving father (John Corbett). Despite her desire to go to college and get an education, Audrey remains at her father's side in the remote New Mexico desert community, and passes her free time away in the company of her best friend, Calista (Garner). Calista wants nothing more than to become the next Miss America, though her dreams of continental acclaim are soon sidelined by a sudden, life-changing illness. In the lazy summer following her high-school graduation, Audrey is surprised to see a couple named Mary (Gina Gershon) and Herb (Chris Mulkey) move in to her neighborhood along with their handsome teenage son, Mookie (Long). Though at first Audrey sees Mookie's arrival as a chance to bring a little romance into the life of her friend Calista, after setting the pair up on a date and getting to know her new neighbor a little better, the young matchmaker soon begins to develop feelings for her best friend's new boyfriend. When you've dedicated your entire existence to bettering the lives of others, how do you find true happiness when the only way to be true to your feelings is to go against everything you've ever stood for?more
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements, including drug content and sexuality)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Tom Willett, Mark Obenhaus, Jason Matzner, Jason Matzner
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On DVD: Dec 19, 2006
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Critic Reviews for Dreamland

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

The filmmakers were clearly not interested in the ending but in exploring the characters and the situation, and they do that with sophistication and genuine feeling, both for the people and the environment.

Full Review… | December 5, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

As swoony and verbose and serious as an adolescent's journal entry.

Full Review… | December 5, 2006
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The gossamer spell is undone when the script topples into melodrama and then a too-tidy resolution.

Full Review… | September 15, 2006
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

An atmospheric ensemble piece boasting several richly portrayed characters.

April 12, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Despite some sketchy story elements, much of it is pretty intoxicating -- that is, until the unambiguous life lessons bring pic down to earth with an earnest splat.

Full Review… | January 27, 2006
Top Critic

As the mother of a preteen daughter who has dragged me to a number of teen movies, I was captivated by this strange mutant of a movie. There is skill here, and some poignant scenes that stayed with me, including a first kiss scene that's one of the bette

Full Review… | April 23, 2007

Audience Reviews for Dreamland


Others may not enjoy this movie as much as I did because I felt a real connection to the character with MS (Multiple Sclerosis) because I also have MS. The dreams to escape the reality of the situation she lives in is TOO familiar!! Dreamland could just as easily be where I am (and it is)! Making the best of a bad situation and finding hope and learning to live with situations are all common elements of my life I saw on screen in this film. A personal connection is why I love this movie so much!

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

Liked this a lot. Very moving and the whole cast do a great job with this (even John Corbett who is normally the kiss of death in a film as far as I am concerned). It's a fairly small film in that not a lot happens, but it is beautiful to look at (who would have thought life in a caravan park could be picturesque!), and Agnes Bruckner and Kelli Garner so convincing that you can't help but care about their lives and what happens to them.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

I have a hard time believing that the only two girls in a small trailer park are so hot, nice, and okay with living in the middle of nowhere. Not a terrible movie, but not amazing either.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

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