Release Date: May 25th, 2007 (Quad Cinema) by The Rainbow Film Company.
The Cast: Tanna Frederick, Justin Kirk, Zack Norman, David Proval, Karen Black, Melissa Leo.
Directed by Henry Jaglom.
BASIC PREMISE: Margie (Frederick), an aspiring actress from small-town Iowa, meets Kaz (Norman), a wealthy producer who introduces her to his son, Robin (Kirk), an actor who pretends to be gay.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Hollywood Dreams tries to poke fun at Hollywood and fame, but turns out to be a poke with very little fun. Tanna Frederick plays Margie, a young woman who dreams of becoming an actress, but fails to land any acting parts. She happens to meet Kaz, a producer, and mopes in front of him so much that he lets her stay with him and his gay partner, Caesar (Proval). It turns out Kaz has a son, Robin, who pretends to be gay in order to get treated with more respect as an actor. Predictably, Margie falls in love with Robin instantaneously and their kiss in front of a journalist makes the media suspicious of Robin’s gayness and angers Kaz. Writer/director Henry Jaglom has apparently lost his comic edge. The unimaginative screenplay has sporadic humor, but most of it that falls flat from awkwardness, such as when a dog constantly licks Caesar’s face as he lays in bed while taking to Kaz. Worst of all, Margie comes off as an annoying, self-involved character and has no chemistry with Robin. Jaglom should have kicked up the comedy full throttle and included more witty dialogue rather than going the lighthearted, bland road. If only this were as biting, gutsy and hilarious as Christopher Guest’s “documentaries”.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Awkward, bland with an irritating protagonist.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 8
IN A NUTSHELL: Sporadically funny and lighthearted, but with an irritating protagonist not enough witty or satire.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: TV
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