I’ll See You in My Dreams Review: Loving and Losing

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At just around 90 minutes, I’ll See You in My Dreams feels more like a pilot to an HBO series than a feature length film. It introduces characters and shows us their relationships, but leaves us hungry for more adventures. It feels conclusive, as a pilot should, but not without the potential for expansion.

If you looks at what Girls is to Friends or what Looking is to Queer as Folk, I’ll See You in My Dreams could be a modern Golden Girls, where the main cast speaks raunchier than they were allowed to a few years (or decades) ago and have the occasional intoxicated adventure. The best parts of this film are when Carol (Blythe Danner) is interacting with her three other older friends.

Still, this is a film about the effect losing someone you love has on you and how we choose to move on, if we even allow ourselves. Danner is better than ever as Carol, a widow of 20 years that hits the wine bottle heavy, but in a fun, non-addictive way. She meets the charming Bill (Sam Elliot), who manages to finally pull her out of her two decade long funk and get her dating again.

All in all, this is a fun little movie, but there is a sense that it feels incomplete. The characters are certainly likable enough that, if for some reason HBO or somebody was interested, this could probably become a pretty fun show to return to 10 weeks out of the year. The demographic is certainly due for their own hyper-realistic series. But perhaps I’m just dreaming. Grade: B+

By Matt Dougherty

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