Watch I’ll See You in My Dreams (2015) online free – This film was not funny. It’s too slow moving, with too much air and malingering on weepy faces for that. All three laugh lines are in the trailer. The characters were not endearing. The dialogue was leaden. The acting was flat and hesitant, as if they were either going through their lines for the first time. At times is seemed like they might not even have had lines, and were just experimentally ad libbing their characters. Except, the dialogue they came up with was banal and ordinary to the point of embarrassment. The characters seemed awkward with each other, and in themselves. Mr. Cigarface, Bill, in addition to twiddling his prop cigar, projected character by having one eyebrow permanently, quizzically, cocked. With his walrus moustache, he came across a bit like chronically bemused Burt Reynolds, but worse. The cinematography at least made the film visually attractive at times.
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I’ll See You in My Dreams (2015) review by Red-125 – Blythe Danner is very beautiful, but is there anything else?
I’ll See You in My Dreams (2015) was co-written and directed by Brett Haley. Blythe Danner plays Carol Petersen, a woman who was widowed when she was 52, and appears to have done nothing much since that tragedy occurred. With the insurance, she was able to afford a beautiful home in Southern California, with a swimming pool, and she has a really great dog named Hazel. That’s about it, as far as we can tell. She has some women friends with whom she plays bridge and golf, and a daughter in NYC with whom she barely communicates.
Because Blythe Danner is so beautiful, we in the audience want her to be happy, and her friends want her to be happy, but she herself appears ready to just continue on in this same style. Granted, she doesn’t hurt anyone, but I don’t see any evidence that she goes out of her way to help anyone either. For example, she’s a trained teacher, but there’s no suggestion that she volunteers to teach needy kids, or immigrants who need to learn English.
Finally, she meets two men, and that’s where the plot begins. And, that’s more or less where the plot ends as well. I admit that I enjoyed the movie, but that was mostly because Danner is a great actor as well as a great beauty. However, when the film was over, and as I thought more about it, I said to myself, “OK–so what?”
There are a few scenes set on a yacht that would look better on the large screen, but, otherwise, this film will work well on DVD. I think it’s worth watching, as long as you know what you’re getting, and as long as you keep your eyes focused on Danner.
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I’ll See You in My Dreams (2015) review by SnoopyStyle – Blythe Danner great
Carol Petersen (Blythe Danner) is a widow of 20 years and a retired singer in a band. She has a simple life and her circle of friends (June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, Mary Kay Place). They want her to move into the retirement community. Her dog dies of old age. She starts a friendship with the new pool guy Lloyd (Martin Starr). He’s a poet graduate and living with his mother. Bill (Sam Elliott) is the new love in Carol’s life. Her daughter Katherine (Malin Akerman) comes for a visit.
A high June Squibb is hilarious. This is a rather light easy story. Blythe Danner is incredible. She encompasses every part of this movie. Her internal struggles even before she has them are all very effective. It’s a quietly powerful performance.
I’ll See You in My Dreams (2015) review by Bobbobwhite – About spending your last years better
Good, simple, often funny movie concerned with the serious subject of just what is left of value in a life that is much closer to the end than to the beginning, and what we might do with that remaining value. Blythe Danner, June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, Mary Kay Place, Sam Elliott, and Martin Starr are the leads, with Danner the star as Carol, a widow living out her very comfortable but ordinary L.A. days at home, except for her bridge and golf games with her 3 funny buddies at the local retirement center. Then, first came a personal loss, then came an odd but valued friendship with her young pool cleaner, then a loss that truly moved her to change the way she saw and lived life.
The director kept things light and not too serious about the issues with aging until that loss that changed things forever for Carol, temporarily at first, but permanently later, as she then became more accepting of doing things with more meaning and friendly human relationships in her remaining years. Sad in spots, funny in most, but always meaningful, with sound advice for all of us as we age.
What I took away from this story was that we all need to spend serious time reviewing our lives when we get to Carol’s age, and question if we are using our limited time wisely and in our own best interests, and then make the right changes. We owe that to ourselves, and to our friends and loved ones. Just like Carol. In that way, the story was like a good friend.
I’ll See You in My Dreams (2015) review by Lancasterray – A movie about old age which rings true to me
Most of the other reviews of this film which I read were negative. There is no way to tell the age of those reviewers, but my age is 68. I like this movie, which was touching but not maudlin. It’s true to life to me. My wife is still living, and I don’t have a big enough retirement savings account to buy a boat and a Cadillac. But we are fortunate enough to have our only child in the same city, and our only grandson (and very likely the only one there will ever be) there also, so we are already ahead of Bill and Carol. But you have to be in old age to appreciate this story. If one of us dies, what will the other do? Would we consider remarriage? How would you find somebody, if you wanted to? If one of our beloved pets dies, what will we do? Do we want to start with another one, even an older one which might die before we do? Do we go to a retirement facility or keep the too-large house? Old age is generally not exciting, even if you have enough money to eat and buy medicine, and it’s little things where you find happiness (even if it is TV or golf). This was intentionally a low-key story, which didn’t answer any of the questions it raised. We only know tiny tidbits about Carol, but nobody else. Where did Bill come from, other than Dallas? What does Carol’s daughter do, and where does she live, and why haven’t they seen each other more often? You can draw you own conclusions or just accept this little snippet of Carol’s life and move on, as she will, but to what we don’t know. It’s life, where we come into contact with people but know nothing about them. And nobody knows what will happen tomorrow. If you are lucky enough to have a tomorrow.
I’ll See You in My Dreams (2015) review by stork1947 – Watching paint dry
I wasted 2 hours of my life that I will NEVER get back after reading the reviews and then watching this vapid, dull, insipid movie. I kept waiting for something to happen.
The script was rambling. There was NO theme. I can’t believe that someone invested real money into making this pathetic movie. People just wander in and out of the scenes. There is no real character development. The characters have no depth. It is just a movie about old people breathing, walking and sleeping. Blythe Danner looks wonderful at her age but she needs a good hairdresser and stylist. Sam Elliott’s place in her life had potential but, like everything else in this movie, the audience is left wanting. I’m still wondering why the pool guy returned later in the movie.
The writers, producers and directors could have chosen a much better vehicle for Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott. If you have nothing else better to do with two hours of your life, you can watch this movie. But, if you have something more exciting to do, like sleeping, do that.
I’ll See You in My Dreams (2015) review by Apioneer – ‘I will see you in my dreams’ touched my heart!
Saw this beautiful little film. In the beginning I saw a woman with her dog on the bed. Then I find out that dog is sick and has to be put to sleep so I was thinking where this movie is going? Then suddenly I was engaged into the story of this older woman who is living a retired life and she just takes it, what life brings to her. It was actually very interesting and I could relate to it because I have a friend Julie who had a dog as her best friend for years and then she had to put her to sleep because her dog got really old and could not walk anymore. Danning then meets this guy who comes to clean her pool. It was so interesting to see that they just did not fall in love. It was a platonic relationship and they just enjoyed this friendship on this journey of life. Not every man which comes in her life is going to be her boyfriend. We meet people along the way and we give them chances and thats what I liked about this film. Its so simple story and so beautifully told and so close to life. This character just takes what life gives it to her and she is content with it. Danning gave a great performance and the pool guy was a good actor. I liked the daughter with her innocent face and acting skills. The scene where mother and daughter talk after such a long time made me cry.
I’ll See You in My Dreams (2015) review by Danny Blankenship – A film of last chance and hope and discovery showing that life drifts away as dreams are hope!
Just watched this nice and touching film “I’ll See You In My Dreams” and it’s one that’s filled with promise and hope showing that during one’s life it may be about late love before life drifts away for good. Set in sunny southern California Carol(Blythe Danner)is a widow her husband passed for many years and her grown daughter has gone away all this former songstress has left now in life is wine drinking and card games with her gal friends and she has regular visits from her pool boy. And yet all of this slowly but surely has it’s luster to go away. Yet love is unexpected and uncertain you never know when and where your gonna find it. All of a sudden enter Bill(the wonderful Sam Elliott)who’s lonely after the death of his wife for many years Bill’s life is now on a boat! Soon passion and sparks of romance happen between Bill and Carol it’s really fun and engaging! Still in the end as life is unexpected and uncertain just with life and love Carol will again have to take a new direction and new path. Overall this film is touching, uplifting with new hope while showing the real sadness of time passing with age and life. As it proves dreams just might be our only hope.
I’ll See You in My Dreams (2015) review by Gsygsy – A pleasant surprise
Reading the synopsis for this movie I thought I’d be in for an hour of sentimental slush about senior citizens like myself, but it isn’t like that at all. Sure, it’s about the kind of problems we old folk can encounter, and therefore how it will register with other sections of the population I can’t tell. Some won’t have any patience with it because it doesn’t affect them. Yet. A pity, as they’re the ones who’d benefit most from seeing it.
It’s an intelligent, well-written, tactfully directed, thoughtful and touching movie. It is luxuriously cast with a bunch of top-level character actors who fill the screen with their warmth. It’s invidious to single anyone out but I’m going to mention Martin Starr, an actor I don’t remember encountering before in spite of his many credits. His scenes with Blythe Danner are particularly good. Danner herself, the movie’s linchpin, is vulnerable without being self-pitying or cloying in any way. A fine performance in a fine film.
I’ll See You in My Dreams (2015) review by Mahmoud Jaradat – Thin line – Oscar Nominee
Watching this movie sets you in a specific mode where you start wondering about your life, past, future and present.
The performance of the actors was phenomenal, screenplay captivating. The directing was walking on a thin line with the story but successfully crossed the whole way to make a great movie.
The soundtrack was amazing nicely added to the scenes you feel its natural and in place, the theme song was like the glue that puts everything together.
I loved the rat idea, I loved the rhythm of the movie I loved everything about it , way to go guys and I wish for more of these nice movies.
I’ll See You in My Dreams (2015) review by Gbkmmaurstad – Multi Generational Film
This is all about the Baby Boomer generation, but nonetheless, it is a good film for all generations to see. Gives adult children and grandchildren a peek into the lives of seniors, validating some stereotypes and banishing others.
Blythe Danner, Rhea Pearlman, and Sam Elliott give us a look at retirement for the single middle class woman. While they are seemingly in good health most have fallen into dreary routines. Some are comfortable with their lives, some have settled, and others are desperate for change, but just don’t know it.
Grab your favorite beverage and watch a film that may look a bit predicable, but in the end turn out not to be as predicable as you may have thought.
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