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Dreamland (2016)

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Los Angeles musician Monty Fagan is going through a rough patch. He's a grown man who lives with his girlfriend... in her mom's house. He wants to open a piano bar... but suffers from an extreme case of insufficient funds. Things take an interesting turn, however, when Monty gets the chance to fill in as the pianist in a swanky hotel bar, where he meets Olivia, an older, wealthy femme fatale with whom he begins a rather torrid affair. Enlivened by Olivia's presence in his life, Monty gets a newfound self-confidence and sexual prowess. But when Olivia starts to throw some much-needed cash at Monty -- dressing him in expensive clothes and offering to fund his dream bar -- he begins worry that being a kept man will destroy his ability to make it on his own terms. The directorial debut of Robert Schwartzman, DREAMLAND is a witty update of an 1980s sex comedy, with a wide-eyed young man finding himself amidst a sea of sex, debauchery, and a perfect synth score composed by Schwartzman himself -- also the frontman of the band Rooney, Schwartzman previously scored past TFF title PALO ALTO. Johnny Simmons (JENNIFER'S BODY, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER) sparkles as Monty, in a star-making role that runs the gamut of heartbreaking to hilarious; Amy Landecker ("Transparent," A SERIOUS MAN) co-stars as the sexy Olivia. The stellar supporting cast includes Frankie Shaw ("Mr. Robot"), Beverly D'Angelo (NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION), Alan Ruck (FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF), Noël Wells ("Master of None"), Jason Schwartzman (RUSHMORE), and Talia Shire (ROCKY). The film's soundtrack also features several original songs by the Robert Schwartzman fronted band ROONEY, including their new single "Sad But True."

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Cast

Johnny Simmons
as Monty Fagan
Talia Shire
as Victoria
Alan Ruck
as Walter
Ginko
as Robbie
Zoey Grossman
as Peter's Assistant
Sara Coates
as Nicole's Client
Parisa Fakhri
as Liz's Client
Yuan Tian
as Salon Client
Darbie Wieczorek
as Salon Receptionist
Craig Turner
as Nicole's Date
Randall Kirk
as Emily's Date
Frankie Jay Allison
as Heather's Husband
Jeff Barry
as Fred Russo
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There's a bit of an undercurrent of "The Graduate" in "Dreamland," which plays out like a grown-up coming of age tale.

November 11, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It's a smart, understated sex comedy, a description that suggests a certain maturity. You'd never suspect it was the first feature from its director, Robert Schwartzman.

November 10, 2016 | Full Review…

What stands out then is the sense of place, which feels like it was drawn directly from Schwartzman's own experiences as a musician and a child of a celebrity. He knows what he wants to show, if not yet what he wants to say.

November 10, 2016 | Full Review…

Production elements are as solid as the film's acting.

November 7, 2016 | Full Review…

There are a lot of ideas and a strong energy in Dreamland, which bodes well for Schwartzman's future filmmaking endeavors.

May 17, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

All-in-all Dreamland shares the story of a larger-than-life figure and the journey that allowed him to forge himself as one of the most important writers in American history.

July 13, 2017 | Full Review…

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