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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
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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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Mostly all of the push ins are digital rather than the physical movement of the camera. See more »


Boom mic visible in car window when Jonas steals the chiefs car. See more »


Casey Caraway: You pray?
Jonas Ford: No.
Casey Caraway: Now might be a good time...
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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)band 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 Tony HeckSee 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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