Cas & Dylan (2015)



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When 61-year-old self-proclaimed loner and terminally ill, DR. CAS PEPPER, reluctantly agrees to give 22-year-old social misfit, DYLAN MORGAN, a very short lift home, the last thing he anticipates is that he will strike her angry boyfriend with his car, find himself on the lam, and ultimately drive across the country with an aspiring young writer determined to help him overcome his own bizarre case of suicide note writer's block. But as fate would have it, that is exactly what happens. Suddenly Cas's solo one-way trip out West isn't so solo. With Dylan at his side, the two take off on an adventure that will open their eyes to some of life's lessons - both big and small.(C) eOne
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Richard Dreyfuss
as Dr. Cas Pepper
Tatiana Maslany
as Dylan Morgan
Aaron Poole
as Steve
Jayne Eastwood
as Hotel Receptionist
Natalie Radford
as Susan Crosby
Cliff Saunders
as Mechanic
Jee-Yun Lee
as Reporter
Marty Adams
as Shop Clerk
Lewis Hodgson
as Doctor
Jessie Gabe
as Publishing Receptionist
Misha Rasaiah
as Stephanie (Waitress)
Michael Cleland
as Bar Patron/Passerby
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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6)

The story ends up being one wrong turn after another. A GPS hasn't been invented that could get this plot-hole-riddled script back on track.

Full Review… | April 30, 2015
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There's a full tank of clichés for the mismatched-strangers road movie "Cas & Dylan," the feature directing debut of Jason Priestley, and the sputtering is cacophonous even with two gifted actors leading the way.

Full Review… | April 30, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

This Canadian movie, from a screenplay by Jessie Gabe, begins in Winnipeg and ends in Vancouver and jounces along on the crackle of smart-aleck dialogue mouthed by its stars, Richard Dreyfuss and Tatiana Maslany.

Full Review… | April 30, 2015
New York Times
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Leading man Richard Dreyfuss is so irrepressibly charming that he almost saves Jason Priestley's dismal buddy comedy Cas & Dylan from its awkward humor and trite sentimentality.

Full Review… | April 28, 2015
Village Voice
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Cas & Dylan may have big-name talent for a small Canadian movie but mainly it has tired Hollywood formulas.

Full Review… | April 3, 2014
Globe and Mail
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Even if Cas & Dylan isn't as polished as it could be, there are still enough pleasing moments to make this road trip worth the ride.

Full Review… | April 3, 2014
Toronto Star
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Leading man Richard Dreyfuss is charming that he almost saves Jason Priestley's dismal buddy comedy Cas & Dylan from its awkward humor and trite sentimentality.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Overview: An unlikely pairing forge a friendship, one which seemingly is only forged because one got sick and tired of telling the other to leave. Review (with Spoilers) With Orphan Black being one of my favorite shows, naturally I would want to see Tatiana Maslany be in something else between the seasons. And while she does guest star on other shows, unfortunately those are shows I'm just not into. So finding out she is in a movie is quite a treat. Though I can't say the movie itself is one. Characters & Story Dylan (Tatiana Maslany) is an eccentric girl who is very outgoing and has dreams of becoming a professional writer. Dr. Cas Pepper (Richard Dreyfuss) is a widow, very straight laced and plain, and just wants to spend the rest of his life in some peace. So, how do these two meet? Well, in Dylan's pursuit of understanding suffering, she decides to observe the patients at the hospital where Dr. Pepper works at. Then, with her seeing him intently writing something, thinking he is a fellow writer, she decides to force her way into his life, without an invitation, and as many times as he tries pushing her out, or outright abandoning her, something keeps bringing these two opposites together. Leading to, eventually, Dr. Pepper giving up on trying to live the rest of his life in peace, and just learning to deal with, accept, and eventually come to love this odd young lady who has somehow found a place within his heart. Praise When the film has perhaps 20 to 30 minutes left and the manic personality of Dylan and depressive personality of Cas start to get balanced out, the movie becomes slightly ok. For with them both revealing what the near future holds for them, you begin to actually get a sense that the characters are finally getting developed. We see Dylan's fears for her future and the lack of hope Cas has in his, and after their friendship and interactions stop seeming so forced, you finally get some sense that these two could actually intermingle without Cas trying to abandon Dylan the first chance he gets. Criticism But until that point in the movie where both characters seem to become human, Dylan presents herself as a highly annoying character and Cas' personality is seemingly made to compensate her nature by coming off as boring as possible. Now, as for how annoying Dylan is? Well, with her being a 20 something year old who lounges around a hospital to try to vicariously suffer; someone who never shuts up, or says anything intriguing; and also pretty much forces her way into Cas' life, but seems ready to abandon it when she realizes what he can't give her is fun and games anymore, it makes the majority of the time we spend with Dylan to be a test of patience. Though what makes things worse is that you don't really get any real sort of back story when it comes to Dylan to even really understand her. A problem Cas also has for his back story also is ignored. But it is a bigger tragedy for Cas' character since we are introduced to his former wife and with him being a doctor it really seems like he could have been given some depth. As opposed to what the film decides to waste time on which is us thinking Cas may have accidently murdered Dylan's boyfriend. Much less the constant back and forth of Cas not wanting Dylan around him and then him allowing her to return with him seemingly regretting the decision as soon as it is made. Overall: Skip It Though the last half hour or so of the film was far better than what preceded it, unfortunately it isn't a complete 180 degree turn which makes the film worth watching. If anything: the climax of the film leads to a rushed development of the characters, which feels sort of shallow. For after us seeing Cas push away Dylan constantly, him suddenly feeling for the girl, and acting like a father figure because she faced disappointment just seemed a bit weird. If just because they waited so long to turn him into such a figure that it felt a little too little too late. Hence the "Skip It" label for the film tries to do a last minute save, but it is so below average throughout that to recommend this for anything besides background noise for a nap would mean I was getting paid to write this.

Amari Sali
Amari Sali

Tatiana is her usual awesome self and the odd-couple chemistry she has with Richard Gere is pretty amusing. It's cute and it's sad and it's fun.

Drew Ryan
Drew Ryan

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