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And when the stars align just right, reviewers will tell you that same film simply deserves to be seen.
Pope Dreams is just that sort of film.
Made on a shoestring budget with only a handful of sets, an indie sound track, and a combination of young unknowns and seasoned vets working for scale or less, this film is a gem.
Combination boy-meets-girl and coming of age story, Pope Dreams weaves several subplots together to form a tapestry as rich as life itself. In fact, it is the interweaving of these subplots, so like the messy, cluttered, unplanned, and usually out-of-control reality most of us live, that gives this film its engaging attraction.
Andy (Phillip Vaden) is a going-nowhere 19 year-old. He plays the drums in a noisy alt band, works in the back of the stereo store his father manages, and seems mostly aimless. His one goal when we meet him is to fulfill what he believes to be his mother's dying wish.
He gets sidetracked when a local Valley Girl (Marnette Patterson), in an inane, unfeeling, and completely selfish attempt to con her father into something she wants, picks Andy virtually out of a hat to be her father's worst nightmare. The wrinkle in all this is that Andy is not only the sort of guy her father would like, but he is also the kind she might fall for.
The boy-meets girl parts are predictable enough...but the twist is that the clever script takes an unexpected left turn and delivers to Andy not only something he could never have foreseen, but something better than the girl.Read more ›
Watched mainly because of Patterson, but it was Julie Hagerty that really gives the most memorable performance. Her portrayal of the dieing mother was totally believable both emotionally and physically. She really appeared as if she was dieing.
As for Marnette. She's done numerous television and supporting roles, when is she going to get a really serious starring role? She's a good actress and is a lot more interesting than some of her peers. I mean if they can give Miley Cyrus a major dramatic starring role, then they should find one for Patterson because she's a helluva lot better as an actress. It's nice to see her in a movie where she isn't being terrorized by giant bugs or having her eyes burnt out with a cigar by a vengeful ghost.(i liked both those movies)
James(the 'Alice' fan)
There's different aspects woven into this story that make it not about just one thing. Love, sorrow, uncertainty, friendship, deceit. The main character, Andy, is facing some difficult family issues, and on top of that, he's having trouble finding himself. He loves to play the drums, and wants to make this his future, but his father isn't supportive of that lifestyle, preferring Andy to follow his father's footsteps. Andy also meets a girl, which is typical for a coming of age story. The thing I like about this pairing, though, is the way it played out. It was believable and different than most boy meets girl movies, and that was refreshing.
Andy's best friend, Pete, was a favorite character of mine (also the reason I first picked the movie up!). Pete is the "comic relief," but he also has his own storyline. His character is so vibrant, it really makes you care about him in the short amount of time you get to know him. It's like that with all of the characters. They're all so distinguished and flourished, it's hard not to care about them by the end.
This movie has a special quality that makes it loveable by almost anyone. I had never heard of this movie until I stumbled across it one day, and it's such a shame that more people don't know about it. Tell your friends!!!
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Best movie I have seen in a while. Well-written, great direction, and fabulous actors. We were especially impressed with Noel Fisher. Read morePublished 3 months ago by NW Academic
The plot seemed like it would be a good movie, but I was very wrong. I was able to sell this for $1.50-woo hoo!!Published on September 29, 2013 by krystal
It grows on you. It really does.
When the final credits rolled, I felt a bit disappointed. Somehow, all these gushing reviews had not quite panned out. Read more
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