A young boy tries to make his dying mother's dream come true while navigating through his love life.

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In the vein of Good Will Hunting and Garden State, POPE DREAMS is a coming of age tale about a young man at a crossroads in life. Filled with heart, music, life, and loss. And a set of drums. Oh, and the Pope. POPE DREAMS is about a directionless nineteen-year old boy, Andy Venable, who works for his hard-case dad in a store warehouse during the day and plays drums in a loud heavy-metal band at night. His only clear goal at the moment is to get his sick mother, a devout Catholic, to meet the Pope before she dies. While he's busy with that, he falls for a girl who's totally out of his league and gets discovered by two Broadway producers for a musical talent that just might be his true calling. Andy's a dreamer. But dreaming is easy. It's reality that's hard. Written by the official Pope Dreams web site

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He's dealing with love... fighting with his dad... caring for mom... and making music. What's that got to do with the Pope? See more »

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The video that Andy and Brady watch on their first date Not Too Tart, Not Too Sweet (2003) is an earlier film made by producer 'Steve Loh'. See more »

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Sweet but not saccharin, sad but not maudlin
27 April 2006 | by (Dana Point, California) – See all my reviews

Hogan crafts a sweet, yet also appropriately sad, tale of late teen desire. The principal actors work well together, with believable dialogue and tenable situations. The characters could have been stereotyped and overemotional, but Hogan and the ensemble infused them with enough sensitivity and humor to allow the pathos to appear naturally.

All five of the main characters were firmly defined, and the actors performed with distinction, especially Vaden (Andy) and Patterson (Brady) They made their characters believable. A couple of the side characters were a bit cartoonish (the lyricist partner and Brady's boyfriend come to mind) but for the most part they supplemented the storyline without calling attention to themselves. On the plus side, the characters of the bar owner and Brady's girlfriend were very enjoyable and even stole their scenes.

This film is recommended. It will probably get a PG-13 for language, but the salty dialogue did not seem superfluous for either the characters or the storyline. I'm not sure precisely who the intended audience will be - much of the humor seems aimed at 30 to 50 year olds looking back at being teenagers, rather than current teens - but it seems reasonable that it will appeal across a broad spectrum. A solid first effort for both director/ writer Hogan and producer Loh.


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