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Daydream Believer (2001)

An aspiring actress impulsively leaves her small Vermont town and moves to New York City to pursue her dream of being famous.


Debra Eisenstadt
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Credited cast:
Patrick Barnes Patrick Barnes ... Talent Show Piano Player
Andrew Hernin Andrew Hernin
Sybil Kempson Sybil Kempson
Wendy Lawrence Wendy Lawrence
Sherri Parker Lee ... Pamella
Tom McWilliams Tom McWilliams
Louis Puopolo Louis Puopolo
Amanda Ronconi Amanda Ronconi ... Chicken Chips Girl
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An aspiring actress impulsively leaves her small Vermont town and moves to New York City to pursue her dream of being famous.

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21 January 2001 (USA) See more »

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19 January 2004 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

There is a lot to admire in this movie. The story seems very real, the characters aren't monsters or saints and it avoids the dramatic conventions of filmmaking; there is no big dramatic ending and the main character learns about life not through some epiphany but just through the process of making it through. She might not even say she had learned anything at all. At the same time, I didn't find it terribly compelling. It's interesting and there are some good moments, and it has a wonderful sense of realism from the script, direction and acting, but those dramatic conventions can make for a more powerful experience and without them this movie needs to compensate with something more than it gives. I don't regret seeing it but I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone and I wouldn't watch it a second time. So: admirable, intelligent and very true to life, but just a tiny bit boring.

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