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Pipe Dream (2002)

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A lonely plumber poses as a director to meet women, and the writer whose script he's stolen builds on his ruse to get her movie made.

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John Walsh (as John C. Walsh)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Donovan ... David Kulovic
Anthony Arkin ... Cousin Mike
Marla Sucharetza ... Lorna Hufflitz
Mary-Louise Parker ... Toni Edelman
Kevin Carroll ... RJ Martling
Kevin Sussman ... James
Natalie B. Pyper ... Melanie Phillips
Joel Horwitz Joel Horwitz ... Lloyd Hernandez
Kelley Harron Kelley Harron ... Fran
Spencer Kayden Spencer Kayden ... Waitress
Michaela Conlin ... TV Reporter
Jonathan M. Woodward ... Boyd
Guinevere Turner ... Diane Beltrami
Peter Jacobson ... Arnie Hufflitz
Cynthia Kaplan ... Charlotte
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A lonely plumber poses as a director to meet women, and the writer whose script he's stolen builds on his ruse to get her movie made.

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It's not who you are. It's who they think you are.

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for a sex scene | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 2005 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A botcsinálta rendező See more »

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Dolby

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Color
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Trivia

Mary-Louise Parker and Martin Donovan would later appear together in the Showtime series Weeds. See more »

Connections

References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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The Set Up
Written by James Chance
Performed by James Chance & His Sardonic Sinphonics
Published by Copastatic Music (BMI)
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Light and appealing
23 November 2003 | by jmatrixrenegadeSee all my reviews

A gentle little parable about what the "perception categories" of regular people as well as those in the movie business that was in the theaters for a short period of time and currently is playing on cable and so forth. Martin Donovan plays a plumber, though more of a quiet and introspective one than many might know, who in upset that people look down on him because of his profession. He seizes on a chance to see what would happen if people so him differently, and maybe get a pretty woman in the process, by pretending to be a director of a new independent film. Things get complicated when the film is actually funded ...

Martin Donovan is a bit too laid back in this film, but it adds to the low key nature of the film that gives it charm. Mary-Louise Parker plays his neighbor, who gets to show another side of herself as well, being the author of the screenplay and the director behind the scenes. She plays her usual strong woman with self esteem problems role (mixed and match in other projects with her woman with mental or physical problems role) well. Parker does much better here, I think than her underwritten "West Wing" role. The supporting characters also are good, while Jill Hennessey (formerly of "Law and Order" and in a few indies herself) has a funny cameo as an actress.

The film starts to drag a bit toward the end, but it is enjoyable overall with a nice understated overall tone throughout.


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