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Pipe Dream (2001)

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A plumber looking for love hopes to find romance by impersonating a movie director in this offbeat independent comedy. David Kulovic (Martin Donovan) is a single guy who doesn't have much luck impressing the ladies, a dilemma he attributes to the poor opinion most people have of his trade, plumbing. One day, David is mistaken for a well-known film director, and discovers people, especially women, seem a great deal more friendly toward him when they think he works in the movies. David's case of mistaken identity gives him a brainstorm, and with the help of his pal R.J. (Kevin Carroll), he decides to pass himself off as a struggling independent filmmaker, hoping to meet aspiring actresses at his bogus casting calls. Of course, a filmmaker needs a script, and David swipes one from one of his neighbors, Toni Edelman (Mary-Louise Parker, who is trying to get her own foot in the door of the film business). As it happens, Toni's screenplay happens to be quite good, and soon David's nonexistent project is developing a very real buzz in indie film circles. Seeing this as her big chance at a career in Hollywood, Toni begins coaching David in how to act like a filmmaker in the hopes they can actually get David's phantom picture off the ground. Writer and director John C. Walsh based Pipe Dream in part on his own experiences as he was making his first feature film, Ed's Next Move.
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    R (for a sex scene)
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    Castle Hill Productions

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Cast

Martin Donovan
as David Kulovic
Mary-Louise Parker
as Toni Edelman
Rebecca Gayheart
as Marliss Funt
Kevin Carroll
as RJ Martling
Peter Jacobson
as Arnie Hufflitz
Guinevere Turner
as Diane Beltrami
Jill Hennessy
as Marina Peck
Anthony Arkin
as Cousin Mike
Marla Sucharetza
as Lorna Hufflitz
Joel Horwitz
as Lloyd Hernandez
Cynthia Kaplan
as Charlotte
Natalie B. Pyper
as Melanie Phillips
Jack Merrill
as Rich Glover
Kevin Seal
as Ned Kurland
Tim Hopper
as Mitch Farcus
Jim Simpson
as Louis Marisco
Sue Jin Song
as Jen Sue
Anton Capone
as Camera Assistant
George T. Odom
as Maintenance Man
Kelly De Martino
as Extra No. 1
Mitch Roberson
as Extra No. 2
Adina Porter
as Lauren Gunther
E.J. Carroll
as Tow Guy
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Critic Reviews for Pipe Dream

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (9)

Pipe Dream does have its charms. The leads are natural and lovely, the pace is serene, the humor wry and sprightly.

Full Review… | October 17, 2002
L.A. Weekly
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A smart, sweet and playful romantic comedy.

Full Review… | October 17, 2002
Los Angeles Times
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What bubbles up out of John C. Walsh's Pipe Dream is the distinct and very welcome sense of watching intelligent people making a movie they might actually want to watch.

October 4, 2002
Newsday
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One of the funniest films I've seen this year.

Full Review… | October 4, 2002
Entertainment Weekly
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The quirky and recessive charms of co-stars Martin Donovan and Mary-Louise Parker help overcome the problematic script.

October 4, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
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The smug, oily demeanor that Donovan adopts throughout the stupidly named Pipe Dream is just repulsive.

October 4, 2002
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for Pipe Dream

½

Nice little low budget movie about a plumber (Martin Donovan) who pretends to be a movie director to impress a girl (Rebecca Gayheart). His neighbour (Mary Louise Parker) has written a script, and it seems like this movie just may get made after all... I put off watching this one for ages. Have picked it up several times at the video store, (dating back probably to when it actually was on video. haha). Saw it going out as an ex-rental for $1.95, decided what the hell, how bad could it be compared to some of the stuff I have sat through lately?! It was actually pretty good! Nice little story and very well acted.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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½

Fun and enjoyable romantic comedy, with a very engaging cast. Martin Donovan and Mary-Louise Parker are terrific and have a good rapport together. Good dialogue, great pace, the scenes are well set up together, the film flows well.

James Higgins
James Higgins
½

Pipe Dream is about a plumber making a movie. Well, it didn't start out that way - the plumber convinced the casting director to cast women for a fake movie so he could seduce girls. But somehow, "Pipe Dream" becomes a hot commodity with a financier falling over himself to fund it. Enter Mary-Louise Parker who plays the writer and helps the plumber direct. You have to see the movie for it to make sense, and see it you should.

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