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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 & 5 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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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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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Last major film for Bill Paxton. See more »


Wayne Caraway puts diesel fuel instead of gas in his pickup when Jonas Ford is hiding in bed of truck. See more »


The Chief: But I will tell you this: You ain't Casey's family. You might share spit & secrets but the two of yous don't share blood, and the only business you have with her is what her father says so. Now you go on now.
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Dry Bones
Lyrics by Rennie Sparks
Music by Brett Sparks
Performed by The Handsome Family
Published by Handsome Family Music (BMI) and administered by Music of Virtual.
Administered outside of North America by Touch Tones Music.
Courtesy of Carrot Top Records, Inc.
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Nothing mind blowing or amazing but this is worth a watch and I liked it more than I expected to
1 May 2017 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"She needs help. I gotta do something." Casey (Nélisse) has just moved into town and finds a friend in Jonas (Wiggins). The two begin to spend an awful lot of time together against the wishes of Wayne (Paxton), Casey's abusive dad. When Jonas tries to help Casey a series of events occur that alter the lives of all three involved. This is a movie where, going in, I thought it had the possibility of being very slow and drawn out. I can't say I was completely wrong but it did move a little quicker than I expected and did have a story that kept me engaged the entire time. There were a few surprise aspects in this, but for the most part it was pretty predictable. The real reason to watch though is for Paxton. He plays a character so unlikable and it really adds to the tension of the movie as you are almost willing the kids to get away from him. Overall, nothing mind blowing or amazing but this is worth a watch and I liked it more than I expected to. I give this a low B.

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