Dream a Little Dream Reviews
Beyond the basic plot structure, there are some deep lessons being explored. The older character's wisdom straightens out many of the problems the teenager is experiencing, showing that most of these problems are self-inflicted through lack of maturity, However, the film doesn't invalidate these struggles and the older character learns to accept that the drama of youth is not only necessary, but a vital part of the human experience. Both youth and old age are connected by the bond of love between two people that can transcend the physical body and its eventual decay.
Finally, Jason Robard and Corey Feldman really hold the screen. They're both magnetic, which was a good choice for a film that loses focus around the edges. It's easy to scratch your head afterwards and puzzle over what happened or how, but while it's happening the emotional arcs of both actors hold your attention and feel complete.
I'm not saying the director Rocco is Fellini, but if Fellini's grandson were around to come of age in the 1980's, and he was trying to make a movie that felt relevant to teens, this movie might be a product. It's fun, not so deep that it takes itself seriously, and held together well by a fantastic cast (Harry Dean Stanton enriches every small scene he's in) and soundtrack.
To use an expression from the move, maybe everyone should just "cut it some slack".
With flagship caliber performancs by both Corey's supported by the brilliance that was always delivered by the great thespian, Jason Robards as well as the delightful Meridith Salinger, this film is a perfect balance of drama and comic relief. This movie was by far the best and most underappreciated of the Two Corey's franchise and an absolute treat for anyone who is watching it.
1. you've LOVED this film since it came out around your prepubescence.
2. you saw this film later on, you think it's "weird" & you're probably fascinated at Feldman's King of Pop mimicry