Living the Dream (2006)

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After a traumatic childhood being bullied Brenda and her immigrant friend Jonathan grow up realizing that nothing has changed since childhood. In a desperate attempt, the middle-aged friends start up their own business in Los Angeles to get their lives on track and gain respect from others. In their pursuit of finding happiness, they get trapped in a corrupted life of abuse, sex and deception in a city where the end justifies the means.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Drama
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Cast

Sean Young
as Brenda
Matt Dallas
as Michael
Danny Trejo
as Chuck
Larry Drake
as Richard
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Critic Reviews for Living the Dream

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

There is undeniable heart in Living the Dream, with its implicit criticism of mercenary values, but its world is populated solely by hustlers, recruiters and salesmen with nothing to sell.

Full Review… | November 24, 2006
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

An embarrassment of a vanity project.

Full Review… | November 24, 2006
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

A vapid mess that outwardly looks like a theatrical movie but just careens around from sequence to disconnected sequence like a badly tarted-up pinball.

Full Review… | February 28, 2007
Film Journal International

"Will you stick with me, no matter what?" Brenda asks on more than one occasion. Unfortunately for the filmmakers, the audience's answer may well be "no."

Full Review… | December 1, 2006
Boxoffice Magazine

This vanity production ... seems to want us to sympathize with characters who are both unlikable and stupid. Where at the beginning I thought the level of abuse [the hero] endures was absurd and unrealistic, by the end I wanted to join in.

November 29, 2006
Los Angeles CityBeat

Audience Reviews for Living the Dream

There is undeniable heart in Living the Dream, with its implicit criticism of mercenary values, but its world is populated solely by hustlers, recruiters and salesmen with nothing to sell.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

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