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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Good old fashioned PG family entertainment

6/10
Author: George Parker from Orange County, CA USA
25 August 2002

"Just a Dream" is a slow moving, soft spoken sentimental tale from Showtime about one boy's special summer and the lessons he learns. The obvious scripting, theatrical flavor, and Pollyanna attitude of the flick is easily overlooked in view of its higher purpose as it spins its wistful story delivering positive messages about life. Good old fashioned back-to-basics family entertainment which should be about PG rated. (B-)

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

Wonderful

10/10
Author: TheGeneral507 from United States
9 July 2005

young boy finds himself struggling with his youthful innocence and the sins of adulthood. His father, (Robbie Benson), and his mother, (Ally Sheedy) have a relationship that is falling apart. Benson is the town doctor and apparently he has a few activities on the side that take him away from his family. In search of a father figure the young boy befriends an African American man who has a crush on Marilyn Monroe and a Native American bartender who offers up a bit of wise advice and hope every now and then. Both men teach the boy about life and the struggles of right and wrong. Another influence in the boy's life is a strong woman (Amy Madigan) who owns the bar that the boy works for. Surrounded by the arms of these unlikely friends the boy grows into a wise and happy soul. The writing is well done and most of the characters rich with meaning.

The best part of this film has to do with the fantasy as it revolves around Marilyn Monroe. The dreams of the characters seem somehow distant and unobtainable, just like those in reality, but when some dreams finally come true the scenes are absolutely touching. This film is a true sleeper, lost somehow in the shuffle but well worth its weight in gold. The story is inspirational in a softly portrayed way showing us that sometimes life is more than just another dream.

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

This was such a sweet little story

8/10
Author: marissa from USA
26 August 2002

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****Spoilers Ahead**** I watched Just a Dream last night and it was so sweet. It starts out in Dayton Nevada in 1960 where 12 year old Henry Sturbuck has his first summer job at a saloon. He's very shy, innocent, and naive because of his strict upbringing. His dad (a doctor)and Mom (a housewife) are both really strict and in fact his mom is so prudent that she won't even let Henry go to movies. When Henry starts working at the bar however, everything changes. He meets lots of people of different races and befriends them, giving them hope and inspiration to realize their own dreams can happen even if they feel opressed. He also learns much from them, including ways of life, cuss words, and sticking up for yourself. In particular he befriends JM, the Marylin-Monroe-obsessed-mechanic and only black man in the town who takes Henry to his first drive in movie and even teaches him how to drive. One day Henry learns that Marylin Monroe and Clark Gable will be in town shooting a movie called the Misfits (where his Dad will be the set doctor). But through his attempts to arrange a meeting between Marylin and JM, tragic consequences occur. This will defintiley be a summer Henry nor anybody else will ever forget. It was a really good movie and all the actors did a great job, especially Jeremy Sumpter who played the boy Henry, he stole every scene he was in. He's a wonderful actor and not to mention a little cutie! The man who played JM was also a really good actor. It's funny at some parts (Henry calling JM 'Old Yeller' in charades, talking about going to see Pillow Talk, and just the way he looks at everything etc) and sad at others.... ***spoiler ahead*** like when he rushes to get his father in hopes that he can help his friend that has just been shot in the saloon but finds out that his seemingly religious Dad has really been gone not tending to patients but cheating on his wife, the irony of everything is painful. I really recommend this movie, it is very sweet and there are great performances. 8/10

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

decent sentimental movie

7/10
Author: Bobbycenturion from United States
31 May 2005

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"Just a Dream" was an okay movie. Mainly got it because of Sumpter, but cool to see Ally Sheedy("WarGames") and Robby Benson("Beauty and the Beast") in it. The movie was good in the end, I thought maybe JM and the mom were going to get together in the end. It was nice that JM got to meet Marilyn Monroe, so he kind of got his wish, and it sucked the Indian guy got killed, I thought it wasn't really needed in the film, but hey I didn't write it, I guess they wanted more drama in the story, but they got it when the Indian guy just got killed and then Henry saw his dad and the waitress together as went to get help. Man, I would be shocked. Wish they had that in "Local Boys"- in which the suicidal guy should have jumped, that would have made Sumpter's character in that movie more screwed up. But over all, "Just a Dream" was a worthy effort, and you saw the rating I gave this movie! I can't wait for Sumpter's next movie, "Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life"!

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