Two best friends, Tim and Matt move in together after Matt's wife leaves with their son. Tim and Matt start to drink and sleep their lives away. Soon, they try to improve their lives. Tim gets a 'normal' job and a girlfriend, and Matt becomes a cop. their lives remain the same. then with the help of some insignificant events, both their lives change forever. Written by
"Sleeping in a Dream" is a comedy about a wanna-be actor who hangs out with his buddies, drinking and playing sports, but has trouble meeting women. Eventually, he does find a steady girlfriend and a regular job, but feels that he is being held back from pursuing his dream.
Any of this sound familiar? In his writing and directing debut, Jerry O'Donnell (who also stars in the lead role) has crafted a story that is basically a Staten Island version of "Swingers." He even borrows from Adam Sandler's "Big Daddy," casting a Sandler lookalike (Robert Douglas Marko) who, like Sandler's character, is a loser supporting a child.
One problem is that except for O'Donnell, none of the male characters really stand out. They are all one-dimensional and indistinguishable from each other. The girlfriend role (Diana Marquis) also isn't well-developed or played.
However, the film does have some genuinely funny comedic moments (the Twinkie scene is a definite highlight). O'Donnell makes good use of the Staten Island color, giving the film a refreshingly honest and unapologetic tone. But the script tends to meander, and really could have benefited from tighter editing or a stronger narrative.
Overall, this isn't a bad film, but it certainly doesn't break any new ground.
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