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Mean Dreams (2016)

R | | Thriller | 17 March 2017 (USA)
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Follows Casey and Jonas, two teenagers desperate to escape their broken and abusive homes and examines the desperation of life on the run and the beauty of first love.


Nathan Morlando
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview:
Josh Wiggins ... Jonas Ford
Sophie Nélisse ... Casey Caraway
Joe Cobden ... Elbert Ford
Bill Paxton ... Wayne Caraway
Vickie Papavs ... Lynette Ford
Colm Feore ... The Chief
Ryan Blakely ... Proprietor
George Buza ... Pawnshop Clerk
Tara Nicodemo ... Pharmacist
Mike McPhaden ... Father
Richard Waugh ... Bus Driver
Blaise Blaise ... Blaise


Mean Dreams is a thriller about a fifteen-year-old boy who steals a bag of drug money and runs away with the girl he loves while her corrupt cop father hunts them down. This coming-of-age fable brings together the desperation of life on the run and the beauty and wonder of first love.

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Finders Keepers. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hiú ábrándok See more »

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Last major film for Bill Paxton. See more »


After the Wayne kills the others in the drug buy he places two bags in the bag of the truck. The bag of drugs and the bag of money. Later when Jonas leaves the truck with the bag of money there is no other bag left behind. See more »


Casey Caraway: You pray?
Jonas Ford: No.
Casey Caraway: Now might be a good time...
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Alternate World (Alternate Age)
Written, Performed & Recorded by Son Lux
Ryan Lott Music (ASCAP) administered by Domino Publishing Company USA
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Much better than I expected
18 March 2017 | by me-589-145643See all my reviews

On the whole, this is a very good movie all round. The four main cast members are superb, and the story is heavily character-driven, with no ridiculous stunts and special effects present to drown the characters out at any stage.

The lean score and graceful cinematography allow the story to be told at an ideal pace, and aren't used to lift the intensity as one would expect with this genre because the story is good enough to take care of this on its own. I never felt as if things were dragging or being rushed, and things were largely unpredictable aside from the ending, which was satisfying nonetheless.

For a good vs bad theme, the story favors neither side over the other in terms of skill and resources. So often the bad guys are made to look like fools but this isn't the case here, which I found to be quite refreshing. The teen romance side of things is handled better than almost any other examples I've seen. There aren't any cringe-worthy moments at all.

In all, Mean Dreams was much better than I expected, and well worth the time I spent watching it. If you're after a low budget thriller which is well made, character-driven, and intelligently written, you could settle for much worse than this one.

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