Hollywood Dreams (2007)



Critic Consensus: Yet another film about a small town girl trying to make it in the City of Angels, Hollywood Dreams' improvisation and absurdity tests viewers' patience.

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When an aspiring young starlet from Iowa falls in love with a handsome and promising young actor, she finds her dreams of fame slowly fading in a poignant tale of show-business aspirations from director Henry Jaglom. Upon arriving in Los Angeles to seek her fortune on film and stage, an innocent girl from Iowa (Tanna Frederick) falls for a talented rising star (Justin Kirk). As the pair tenuously attempts to balance their burgeoning romance with the vivid dreams of stardom, the demands of their careers soon begin to take precedence over the simple pleasures in life.
R (for language and some sexual content)
Comedy , Drama
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David Proval
as Caesar DiNatale
Justin Kirk
as Robin Mack
Melissa Leo
as Aunt Bee
Tanna Frederick
as Margie Chizek
Zack Norman
as Kaz Naiman
Keaton Simons
as Jimmy DiNatale
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Critic Reviews for Hollywood Dreams

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (17)

This is one of Jaglom's most curious and oddly moving films.

Full Review… | September 7, 2007
Seattle Times
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I've been among the unbelievers, but Hollywood Dreams turned me around -- to a point. Perhaps it's because the film is among Jaglom's best, love him or leave him.

Full Review… | July 6, 2007
Houston Chronicle
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It's the Hollywood dream factory as seen through [director] Jaglom's lens, and it's often out of focus.

Full Review… | June 8, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
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The balance of this indie production (Jaglom's 14th) consists of his usual weakly improvised relationship comedy.

Full Review… | June 7, 2007
Chicago Reader
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Jaglom's Hollywood Dreams are far closer to reality than they might seem. Unfortunately.

June 7, 2007
Chicago Tribune
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[Director] Jaglom's scruffy style doesn't carry it through. He puts enough toxic insincerity on screen to singe, though.

Full Review… | June 6, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Hollywood Dreams

Hollywood Dreams is one of my favorite Henry Jaglom films. It?s funny, moving and, at times, shocking. Tanna Frederick is great as Margie Chizek, Iowa girl who?s come to Hollywood to be a movie star. And she?ll do anything to see that happen. From her desperate beginnings she rises, first hooking Kaz, a movie producer played by Zack Norman. She goes through all kinds of changes in her obsessive pursuit of her goal. Frederick sizzles on the screen with the handsome Justin Kirk who plays a straight actor who?s pretending to be gay. Will they ?make it? in Hollywood? Fabulous supporting roles by Karen Black, Melissa Leo and Daivd Proval (Richie Aprile of the Sopranos). There are a lot of hilarious scenes. From what I?ve heard this is more like the ?real? Hollywood than any other film that pretends to protray the real Tinseltown.

Carole Barnett
Carole Barnett

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