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Pope Dreams (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama | 27 April 2006 (USA)
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A young boy tries to make his dying mother's dream come true while navigating through his love life.


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Credited cast:
Phillip Vaden ... Andy Venable
Marnette Patterson ... Brady Rossman
Julie Hagerty ... Kristina Venable
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Carl Venable
Noel Fisher ... Pete
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Samantha Anderson Samantha Anderson ... Heather
Casey Barclay Casey Barclay ... Eric
Jordan Belfi ... Lucas Bowman
Naleah Dey Naleah Dey ... Juanita Steinberg
Michael Edwin ... Case Officer
Chris Foreman ... Zane
Rif Hutton ... Riff Malloy (as Riff Hutton)
Barbara Lettieri ... Italian Phone Operator (voice)
Steve Loh Steve Loh ... Paramedic
Albert-James Motil Albert-James Motil ... Priest


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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Release Date:

27 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Music for My Mother See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


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$750,000 (estimated)
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Pescadito Productions 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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A kind-hearted, well-acted movie. Different title, maybe?
19 June 2006 | by jmn100See all my reviews

The charming "Pope Dreams" was one my favorites at last week's Atlanta Film Festival. I set aside my cynicism and my adult aversion to being emotionally manipulated by a plot-by-the-numbers script when I realized that this was going to be a straight-up coming-of-age movie. Besides, it's the wonderful acting that makes "Pope Dreams" stand out in a film festival setting, which tends to show more ironically wised-up characters. Although, with a title like "Pope Dreams", I figured this film would be ironic. Instead, this was a really generous-spirited adolescent movie about social class and love and family and music.

I did find the title a bit off the beam,however, since,in this cut, anyway, the Papal pilgrimage subplot is quite incidental to the story. One of the film's best bits of dialog is a musically misunderstood reference to "Early Sabbath". I thought - "that's makes a great title!" - to myself as I was watching....

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