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Dreamland (Widescreen) (2006)

Agnes Bruckner , Kelli Garner , Jason Matzner  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Agnes Bruckner, Kelli Garner, Justin Long, John Corbett, Gina Gershon
  • Directors: Jason Matzner
  • Writers: Tom Willett
  • Producers: Alan Hunter, Amotz Zakai, Andrew Spaulding, Archie Lamb, Doug Mankoff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 19, 2006
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,091 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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18 year old Audrey (Agnes Bruckner) lives with her father (John Corbett) in a remote community in the breathtakingly beautiful New Mexico desert. Though Audrey longs to go to college, she spends her days taking care of her father, who hasn't left home since Audrey's mother died, and her best friend Calista (Kelli Garner), who dreams of becoming Miss America but is struggling with a life-challenging illness. The summer after Audrey graduates from high school, her world is changed forever when an attractive young man named Mookie (Justin Long) moves in next door with his mother Mary (Gina Gershon) and her fiancée, Herb (Chris Mulkey). Knowing how much Calista longs for romance, Audrey encourages Mookie to ask Calista on a date. He obliges, and he and Calista soon become a couple. Audrey, however, finds herself developing feelings for Mookie, and as these feelings grow it becomes harder and harder to remain the dependable, selfless person that her father and best friend have always count

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Caring for Others, Taking Care of the Self December 22, 2006
DREAMLAND is one of those little Indie films that sneaks up on you, draws you in and leaves you feeling fulfilled. Written by Tom Willett and directed with great sensitivity to both style and message by Jason Matzner, the film boasts a truly remarkable cast in every role and the ensemble acting is some of the finest in this year's lineup.

"Dreamland" is the name of a very small trailer park in New Mexico, out in the sticks, yes, but surrounded by the magnificence of majestic clouds in crystalline blue skies and a land free of industrial detritus - except for the powerlines that play such an important role in the story. In a sad trailer house live Audrey (Agnes Bruckner), a poet who has given up chances for college to remain with her father Henry (John Corbett), a man decimated by the death of his wife to the point that he is unable to leave the trailer even to buy the beer and cigarettes that sustain his life. Audrey also is caring for her closest friend Calista (Kelli Garner), a beautiful girl who dreams of becoming Miss America but knows her life is to be shortened by the fact that she suffers from Multiple Sclerosis. Audrey writes her poetry but her life is consumed by being the caretaker for Henry and Calista.

Into the trailer park moves a new 'family' - hunky young Mookie (Justin Long) and his mother ex-singer/performer Mary (Gina Gershon) and her live-in boyfriend Herb (Chris Mulkey). Audrey and Calista watch them unpack and while both girls find Mookie attractive, Audrey talks Calista into dating him. Audrey's only male contact is her 'sex-buddy', tacky and gawky Abraham (Brian Klugman) who works at the local convenience store with Audrey.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Life has potential and hope springs eternal even out in the middle of nowhere (New Mexico to be precise) at a rundown trailer park appropriately named "Dreamland."

We've all driven by such rundown, out of the way places and wondered what would possess a person to settle down in such a location. Are they people with hopes, ambitions and talents? Are they people like you and me? Maybe yes, maybe no. 'Dreamland' released in '05 deals with just such a quaint, out-of-the-way spot where a small group of individuals dwell away from the maddening crowd in an attempt to sort out the mysteries of life and the possible opportunities that await outside their cloistered community.

I enjoyed this movie. `Dreamland' contains an attractive cast of characters, a strong storyline with some quirky situations, beautiful desert scenery and an enjoyable Indie soundtrack. This is a film that will stand up well to repeat viewings, which is the bottom line for any good movie.

P.S.: If you know of any trailer parks that have female residents as good-looking as the one's in this film please give me a call.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dreams in the Desert...and a Lot of Co-Dependency February 8, 2007
There are two things that work well in first-time director Jason Matzner's leisurely paced 2006 indie drama. The first are the arresting visuals of the sun-parched New Mexico desert landscape courtesy of the rich, mirage-like cinematography of Jonathan Sela. The second is the touching performance of Agnes Bruckner as eighteen-year old Audrey, the emotional focus of this rather idiosyncratic coming-of-age story. Looking and acting a bit like Toni Collette's prettier baby sister, Bruckner lends refreshing resonance to a role that could have been left as another put-upon teen coming to terms with her life. Written by Tom Willett, the story takes place in the aptly named Dreamland, an isolated trailer park where a group of people are living just outside of the mainstream.

What we discover in Dreamland is a community of needy misfits with Audrey the common thread who nobly helps them carry on with their lives. She lives with her beer-swilling, agoraphobic father, who stays in the trailer park like a recluse unable to get past his wife's death two years prior. She also takes care of her best friend, the self-dubbed Calista, a beauty queen wannabe gradually deteriorating from multiple sclerosis. All the while, Audrey works at the local mini-mart with her beatnik co-worker Abraham with whom she experiments carnally on occasion. When a new family moves into the park, Audrey and Calista are both attracted to Mookie, the basketball-obsessed son of a minor-league rock singer just about to marry her pedal steel guitar-playing boyfriend. The inevitable complications occur and lead to a tragic event that forces all the co-dependency issues to come to the surface.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a Masterpiece March 19, 2007
"Dreamland" is one of those movies that come out every year and stay completely below the radar and maintain only the smallest of audiences. It was one of those movies I saw the trailer for and just thought "I have to see that movie." It, in the end, falls short in many areas and isn't a masterpiece; But it's got some powerhouse performances and a great look and mood to it. Agnes Brucker, a talented actress who appeared in "The Woods," plays Audrey, an aspiring poet, who lives in a trailer park deep in New Mexico called Dreamland. Audrey lives with her dad Henry (John Corbett); a man who lives in an alcohol induced haze and likes to reminisce about his long-dead wife. Audrey's best friend is Calista (Kelli Garner, 'Thumbsucker'), a girl recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis who one day dreams of winning Miss America. Their lives are long and empty. Audrey works at a convenience store and has sex with her co-worker, then she goes home and writes poetry, or hangs out with Calista. Then a new family moves in; Mom, Mary (Gina Gershon), boyfriend Herb (Chris Mulkey), and son Mookie (Justin Long), who the girls instantly take a liking too. When Calista and Mookie start dating, Audrey (whose life is all about supporting the people around her) finds jealousy consuming her. Eventually, Mookie and Audrey find themselves falling for each other and so on...The movie comes very close to becoming a masterpiece. It's got all the elements; great acting, great cinematography, great art direction, and great dialogue. It's the script (by Tom Willett) that just stops it from entering the realm of masterpiece. The film tends to drag in some spots, but is overall entertaining. I have to give Willett credit for writing a movie about people who live in a trailer park and not turning them into stereotypes. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 25 days ago by Thomas A. powalski
5.0 out of 5 stars secret gem
I love independent films and this one does not disappoint. No car chases or big movie budget....just a sweet, laid back coming of age film. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Annette
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
I liked this movie, although its somewhat not your average romance film. It's set in an atmosphere that is somewhat depressing, however, there is a good story line.
Published 10 months ago by roze
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
I absolutely loved this movie. The soundtrack is riveting, the plot is interesting, and the actors do such a good job portraying the characters. This film is truely poetic! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Natalie Hoover
3.0 out of 5 stars Caravan
A teen girl shared a boyfriend with another girl-a friend of her living with a father in a caravan park Dreamland, and, it seems, this dad is on her plate too. Read more
Published on July 24, 2012 by Michael Kerjman
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie!
I can't remember where or when I saw the preview for this movie but I knew I had to see it once I did see the preview. I'm not going to go into the actual plot. Read more
Published on September 15, 2011 by Shelley D. Brook
5.0 out of 5 stars from back in the day
this is a movie back when there was not a care in the world and tose wanting to be loved by someone
Published on May 13, 2011 by mtdads49
5.0 out of 5 stars superb acting
I came across this movie while searching for films featuring Justin Long and I am so glad I did .
I am accustomed to seeing Justin Long in romantic comedies and was quite... Read more
Published on October 20, 2010 by chercat
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie for a Sunday afternoon
I enjoyed this movie and thought the actors' portrayals of their characters was spot on in each case. Read more
Published on February 28, 2010 by B. Gross
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine morality tale with two beautiful girls as eye-candy. GOOD MOVIE...
A fine movie with beautiful filming, music and a sound tale.
Overall this is a fine movie which can be watched by a family with minimal sexuality and language. Read more
Published on September 9, 2009 by Rextrent
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