A comedy about loss, grief, and the redemptive power of love. Dean is a NY illustrator who falls hard for an LA woman while trying to prevent his father from selling the family home in the wake of his mother's death.


Demetri Martin


Demetri Martin
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Credited cast:
Asif Ali ... Noah
Jesaiah Baer Jesaiah Baer ... Partygoer
H. Jon Benjamin ... Phone Store Salesman (as Jon Benjamin)
Beck Bennett ... Trevor
Tori V. Bennett ... Dean's Punk Girlfriend (as Victoria Vitkowsky-Bennett)
Kate Berlant ... Naomi
Steven Bono Jr. ... Groomsman
Leanne Cabrera Leanne Cabrera ... Server
Taulant Cara Taulant Cara ... All American boy
Camille Chen ... June
Lila Claghorn ... Selfie Girl
Carol Commissiong Carol Commissiong ... Diva
Christian Dautresme Christian Dautresme ... Peeing Man with Dog
Nicholas Delany ... Logan
David Donah David Donah ... Airport Passenger


Dean lives in Brooklyn and has recently lost his mother. His father Robert is an engineer who lives in the suburbs and is having difficulty adjusting to a life alone. Dean's ex-fiancee Michelle attempts to give back the engagement ring, as Dean has "un-proposed." Dean refuses, suggesting she put it on a charm bracelet. Dean's best friend Brett is getting married. Dean is actually the "second best" man behind Kevin. Brett and Dean were roommates, along with Eric who has flown out from Los Angeles for the wedding. During the wedding ceremony, Dean sees Michelle's wedding date and gets distracted. When asked to produce the wedding ring, he fumbles with it and drops it. Later during the reception, a drunken Kevin finishes up the best man speech. Dean begins his best man speech, but gets rudely interrupted by Kevin, who gets up and starts swinging at Dean..

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A Comedy About Tragedy


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some suggestive material | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Kevin Kline and Mary Steenburgen previously worked together in Life as a House (2001) and Last Vegas (2013). See more »


When Dean's phone display is shown with his mom's birthday reminder, behind it is the thread of Nicki's texts, of which only two from her are shown, one of which is the note inviting him to volleyball and one obscured message, with no replies from Dean. See more »


[first lines]
Voicemail: [beeps] Next saved message.
Karen, Dean's Mother: Hey, Dean, it's Mom. I just wanted to tell your dad and I had the best time with you and Michelle last night. It was so fun visiting you guys in Brooklyn. Anyway, I'll talk to you soon and love you, bye.
[phone beeps]
Voicemail: Message saved.
[voicemail beeps once more]
Robert: Hi, it's your dad. I'm, er, hoping you're alive. If so, call me because I have some important news.
Voicemail: [phone beeps] Message erased.
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Crazy Credits

On the first half of the end credits, Dean's drawings were shown. See more »


A Closer Walk
Produced and Arranged by Jay Weigel
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Didn't really make me feel that much.
22 September 2017 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'DEAN': Three Stars (Out of Five)

An indie comedy-drama written and directed by actor Demetri Martin, who also stars in the film. Martin plays a Brooklyn cartoon artist (he also did all of the illustrations for the movie) named Dean, who recently lost his mother and broke up with his fiancé. The film costars Kevin Kline,Gillian Jacobs, Rory Scovel, Mary Steenburgen and Reid Scott. It's gotten mostly positive reviews from critics, and it won Best Narrative Feature at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, but it also underperformed at the indie Box Office. I found it to be slightly amusing, but not nearly as emotional as it seems to think it is.

Dean (Martin) is a published cartoon artist who lives in Brooklyn and recently lost his mother. He's having difficulty dealing with her passing, as is his father, Robert (Kline), who's also having trouble adjusting to living alone. Dean was engaged to be married, to Michelle (Christine Woods), but after his mom died, things didn't work out. He performs very poorly in his best friend Brett's (Scott) wedding, as a 'second best man', and then travels to Los Angeles to meet with some ad executives about using his art. He meets a woman, named Nicky (Jacobs), at a Los Angeles party there, and starts to fall for her. The whole time he still tries to cope with his mother's passing, deal with his recent breakup, and try to convince his dad not to sell their family home.

The movie has all of the ingredients of a well made (and emotional) comedy drama, but it feels like it's just going through all of the motions of one (to me). I think I'm a pretty big sucker for emotional dramas, but this one didn't really make me feel that much. It's slightly funny, and it's filled with sad characters, but it doesn't feel like a complete movie to me. I think Martin probably has some decent talent, as an actor and filmmaker, but he kind of misses the mark here (in my opinion).

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2 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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$60,366, 4 June 2017

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2.35 : 1
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