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Dean (2016)

(Dean) (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 2 June 2017 (USA)
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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
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Asif Ali ... Noah
Jesaiah Baer Jesaiah Baer ... Partygoer
Kathrine Barnes ... Bookstore Employee
H. Jon Benjamin ... Phone Store Salesman (as Jon Benjamin)
Beck Bennett ... Trevor
Kate Berlant Kate Berlant ... Naomi
Edward G. Betlow ... Father of the Bride (as Edward Betlow)
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 Nicholas Delany ... Logan


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 »






Release Date:

2 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,366, 2 June 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$248,849, 23 June 2017
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Honora,Spring Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Briga Heelan and Gillian Jacobs also star together in the Netflix series Love (2016). 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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22 July 2017 | by cherrypieguy-65593See all my reviews

I've been a fan of Demetri Martin since I was 12/13. His awkward humor and use of drawings had been so funny to look at and I even own one of his books, "This is a Book." When I heard Demetri was soon going to have a film released, I was excited as all hell! So I quickly checked the first run theater where I saw Trainspotting 2 at to see if they had Dean, and was promptly disappointed they weren't screening it. A day later, I saw they WERE screening it and IMMEDIATELY drove over to go see it. I've read reviews saying the film played it safe, which I suppose I have to agree with to some extent. I haven't seen a lot of Rom-comedies, mostly because they all end the same where the couple either gets together or dies, so seeing Dean advertised as a Rom-com worried me. What sets "Dean" apart is it's use of clever cinematography and the fact that unlike other comedies these days, ITS ACTUALLY FUNNY. In a sea of terrible films like "Snatched" or "Office Christmas Party," this film made me laugh from the very beginning and gave me faith in the indie market. The cinematography is also very clever. There's one shot where Dean is sitting in a restaurant drawing and when his dad calls him about selling the house and Dean persistently comes up with reasons why the house shouldn't be sold, we see a young child in the background also drawing on the tablecloth to show how Dean is coming up with childish reasons to avoid selling the house. "DEAN" is one of my favorite films of the year, and I'll definitely go see again because of the clever writing, clever cinematography, superb acting, and also because ITS ACTUALLY FUNNY. Overall, I give "Dean" an 8.6/10.

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