Dean

Dean

DVD - 2017
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Dean is an illustrator whose unwillingness to deal with the recent death of his mother means escaping his hometown of New York for an interview with an ad agency in Los Angeles. His retired engineer dad Robert takes a more regimented approach to grief, including putting the family home up for sale. Both father and son set out on their own paths to find a new normal as unexpected circumstances and potential new love interests threaten to thwart all plans.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA :, Lionsgate,, [2017]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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hammer59
Nov 28, 2017

Demetri Martin is truly an artist. This film is clever, whimsical, funny and bittersweet. Looking forward to future works from this brilliant young man. Hail!

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andreajesse
Nov 12, 2017

Demetri Martin is writer, director, and actor. He is Dean. His abilities rank in reverse order.
He is a good actor, a fair director and, ultimately, a poor writer. This movie really has nothing to say which would be alright if it had something else to offer. But it falls into that trap that so many "coming of age" movies do. All the women in the film are 2- dimensional characters. Demetri gives us "lovable mom," "woman he wants to sleep with," "annoying yakker," and "heartless bitch." Mary Steenburgen is the only one who escapes such a fate, but she is not given enough screen time to shine. She is the love interest of Kevin Kline who plays Dean's father. Seeing these two fine actors made me want the story to be about them and not the self-indulgent Dean. Besides Mary and Kevin, the only saving grace of the movie are Dean's darkly funny illustrations.

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BridgettM
Nov 09, 2017

I thought this independent film was good, not great. It has some nice moments, good performances and seemed like a realistic portrayal of what it's like to lose a parent or spouse. I like Demetri Martin's humor, drawings and unique way of looking at life. At only 94 minutes long, the movie felt really slow though. It has some funny moments, but is more of a drama than a comedy. Dean brought to mind a few somewhat similar films I liked better: Other People, Garden State and People, Places, Things. The movie is rated PG-13 for language and some suggestive material.

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beaches4evr
Sep 25, 2017

Very sweet, low-key movie. Good depictions of how people handle grief---in their own way, in their own time. Kevin Kline, as always, is superb!

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wailuabob2
Sep 01, 2017

Seems simple, but surprisingly good in every aspect.

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