I'll See You in My Dreams

6.71 h 36 min2015PG-13
When Carol (Blythe Danner) seeks out new experiences with the help of friends (June Squibb, Rhea Perlman and Mary Kay Place), she unexpectedly finds romance (Sam Elliot).
Brett Haley
Blythe DannerMartin StarrJune Squibb
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Rhea PerlmanMary Kay PlaceMalin AkermanSam Elliott
Rebecca GreenLaura D. SmithBrett Haley
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Barbara KReviewed in the United States on September 5, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful Movie Best Enjoyed by Middle-Aged or Older Viewers
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My husband and I enjoyed watching this movie, although it might not appeal as much to a younger audience. Blythe Danner does a fine job in her role as Carol, a still attractive long-widowed woman. Carol lives alone and has had to have her beloved dog put to sleep which makes her even more sad and lonely.

She has three old friends she visits in a retirement community to plays bridge with. Carol becomes friendly with her much younger pool cleaning guy and he takes her to a karaoke bar one night. She was a singer as a younger woman and belts out "Cry Me a River" there. Her friends convince her to join them in a senior speed dating session at their retirement home. She hates it. Then she accepts a request for a date from Sam Elliot. (Who wouldn't?) He takes her out on his boat that he calls "So What".

That's all I'll tell you about the story. I expect it will be best enjoyed by an audience of middle age or older. Younger viewers probably won't get it.
25 people found this helpful
Annie DavenportReviewed in the United States on June 27, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Who's Idea of Romance is THIS??
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I have always been a Blythe Danner fan. She has a certain unique approach to her portraying her characters. This little movie was believable and enjoyable. As an elderly widow myself, I was taking great comfort in this movie as Carol stepped out of her comfort zone, making herself vulnerable to a new prospective mate, Bill. She gracefully managed the sad loss of Hazel, then found a real friendship with her young pool man, Lloyd, who seemed to understand Carol and found an unlikely connection with her.
Then, Carol and Bill enjoy an exciting, sexy, wow-filled night of physical frolicking.
And, POW! Right between the eyes, Bill suddenly dies ending all of Carol's fantasies, and daydreams of perhaps a future new husband! I mean, REALLY!! Who, I ask you WHO in their RIGHT mind kills, I mean permanently DEAD, Mr-Would-You-Please-Do-A-360-Turn-In-Them-Perfectly-Fitting-Denims-For-Me-Sexy-Sam Elliot???? WHO???
The point of a romance is for two people finally finding The Rights, scooting over, adjusting, making room for each other toward a new life filled with wonderful, life altering experiences-TOGETHER!
Not DEAD! the next day after a frolic in the sack! For pity sakes! The ending of this movie took all the fun out of it for me and deflated poor Carol who decided to embrace new possibilities.
So, for those of you looking for a fun little movie, or perhaps a little inspiration and courage - don't bother, you won't find nothing but an indignant gasp here!
5 people found this helpful
carmineReviewed in the United States on December 4, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
A Different Ending Needed for This One
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The first three quarters of this romance movie was wonderful, fun to watch, and totally believable. It's the ending that was dreary and unsatisfying. Spoiler Alert - I am a romance author, and as such, all romance stories must have, if not a happy ending, at least a satisfying one. It's a rule of the genre. Four old ladies deciding to go on a cruise to Iceland is not my idea of a happy ending. Nor is the heroine of this story having a lovely several dates with a sexy man, then having him die shortly after they've had a night of incredible sex. It just shouldn't be done. Here's how I would have ended this movie. Carol and Bill would have married. The pool man, Lloyd, and Carol's daughter, Kath, would have fallen hard for each other, and the final scene would be Carol singing in the karaoke bar to the enjoyment of all. And of course, everyone would live happily ever after. That's how you end a romance.
28 people found this helpful
Christmas Eve in WashingtonReviewed in the United States on September 10, 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
I'll See You in my Dreams appears to be the ONLY place you'll see him.....
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Light romantic dramedy? Maybe... but it fell short of the mark with me. The movie had some okay moments (good introspection within Carol's character about life and the previous choices she made) and I enjoyed the dynamics between Blythe Danner and Sam Elliot (as short as they were) but I would have opted for a happier ending. Given their limited time together on screen, you never got the full utilization of the acting ability of these two marvelous actors and where this story COULD have gone. Rhea Perlman, Mary Kay Place and June Squibb do a good job as Blythe's best friends but the story could have been fuller. There are not many late-in-life romance stories out there as it as so I was disappointed in the ending and left feeling sad and empty. What could have been a hopeful and positive movie for men and women who find romance in their golden years instead seemed to have the undertone of very bitter and pessimistic writers who felt that a happy ending would be too shmultzy. They must have deemed it necessary to snuff out the last chance at happiness for two people who finally found each other. Haley and Basch must have felt a reality check was in order I guess. When I watch movies believing they're supposed to be entertaining, I don't want to feel depressed and think that the credits are rolling by like obituary notices in the newspaper. I certainly don't want the last thing I recall to be what everyone is bringing as a dish to the widow's house. What's wrong with a happy ending for a change?
31 people found this helpful
RachelBReviewed in the United States on September 20, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Sam Elliott Could Not Save this Train Wreck
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Blythe Danner comes across as cold and unapproachable in this tale of late life romance. Playing Carol Peterson, a well-off widow in her seventies, who has been widowed for decades but is STILL SURE her only best companion is her dog. Implausible to the max. So when her dog dies, her life is thrown into turmoil. If this sounds like the dystopian nightmare that is about to happen to millions of European women who are in their sixties with no hope of having grandchildren, you're not mistaken. So when Carol is approached by a hunk of a man (Bill, played by Sam Elliott) who is dateless, lonely, and hugely interested in dour Carol, enter implausibility factor number two. Still, she rebuffs his courtship overtures and the romance stalls (implausibility factor number three). It is only after Bill dies of a heart attack that Carol realizes he was a nice guy and probably would have made a nice replacement for her dog. This is supposed to be an ensemble piece but it doesn't quite work as I couldn't see her friends (Mary Kay Place, Rhea Perlman, and June Squibb) gravitating toward each other in real life due to a lack of chemistry. I'm surprised that Danner was nominated for so many acting awards for this movie since her character is basically unlikable. Not that likability is a factor in acting awards, but that her unlikeability has no artistic merit and offers no insight into her character other than she's spoiled, entitled, and goes through life neither giving nor getting any joy. I would not recommend this as a "feel-good" movie because it isn’t. Better choices would be anything by Diane Lane (Under the Tuscan Sun, Paris Can Wait), Boynton Beach Club, Grumpy Old Men, or even The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. There are some side plots thrown in like pineapple on a pizza, but I'll leave them out since pineapple has no place on a pizza and I’ve already mentioned three implausible scenarios. Do we need four or five more? Two stars.
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JennieReviewed in the United States on September 1, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A movie to keep you up all night.
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When I started watching I thought it would be great. I read another review about movie watching and "escapism" especially during the pandemic. The first few scenes was about putting her 14 y/o dog down. Most of us have been there and it's awful. It just went on from there.
Pro: living in a believable home- not some 4 bed/bath interior designed to the hilt.
she was attractive and a good dresser, so was Sam Elliot's character.
Medicinal pot scene was funny.
Con; why is she setting her clock for a 6am alarm? when you have worked a job for 20-30+ years people
are going to tell you that you don't need an alarm to get up.
every time you saw her she had a wine glass in her hand- not every retired person does that
speed dating; I am almost 50ty, depressing to know it doesn't get much better in your late 60's and
70's. Poor dressing, demands/domination, and sex issues are still a problem.
After only a few dates they end up in bed together; granted it is not shown. I would like to think
with age comes experience, and with experience comes wisdom. There is no way I would allow
someone to get that close to me, be in my house, let alone hop in the sack with them without doing
a background check. They are easy enough to do with minimal information. Further I recommend
reading "the sociopath at the breakfast table". It was disappointing to see that, not that senior
people should not get together, but it is bad enough to constantly be bombarded with people
casually hoping in the sack in general TV, cable, and movies.
She had no other hobbies?: Really, no volunteerism, part time job, crafts, hobbies, gardening?
Nothing? That was really disappointing.
I was really looking forward to a good movie, and was incredibly disappointed. There could have been so much more to the story line and there lives. I was up most of the night frustrated as a result of watching this movie.
nickel platedReviewed in the United States on December 2, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good Movie, But Can’t Anybody Write a Story with a Happy Ending Anymore?
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This was such a charming story, Lloyd the pool guy was sweet. And Bill, oh my goodness, so handsome and tender, what a catch for the leading lady. But, NO! Somebody, (the writer) had to rain on this parade and ruin this sweet story. Why can’t we have happy endings anymore to sweet stories? Why must we have stories of betrayal and violence and gratuitous sex and death and loss and nastiness? Somebody out there must know how to write a happy ending to a story once in awhile. Anybody???

Women of a certain age deserve to be loved, not for a couple days, but for the rest of their lives. And Bill was going to be that man for her, but somebody had to rain on our parade. So we older women are relegated to never finding another partner, is that the message? We’re old, so no longer worthy of happiness and appreciation and tenderness? Getting older is hard enough, having a lousy ending to a sweet story is the kick in the backside none of us needs nor wants. Shame on the writers, producers, and director.
ShogunTeeReviewed in the United States on May 25, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Sweet and Charming; Speaks to Audiences of Any Age
A stalwart of the silver screen for more than forty years, Blythe Danner has rarely had the chance to take center stage the way she does in I'll See You in My Dreams. One of the year's truly great surprises, it's a film about growing older and taking new chances, and in the wrong hands it would have been played up for stale laughs about hot flashes and Viagra. Thankfully, what we get is a sweet and charming little film that should speak to audiences of any age.

Danner shines like never before in the role of Carol, a widow with a comfortable life and no desire to ever change it. She's got her pet dog, her small group of friends (played by June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, and Mary Kay Place), a glass of wine always nearby...what else could she need? But when she suffers a terrible loss, and discovers a giant rat running loose in the house, Carol is forced to get back out there (she literally sleeps on the outdoor hammock for a while) and experience life.

Directed and co-written by Brett Haley with a subtle humor most comedies about older people simply don't have, we're taken through Carol's awkward steps back into the dating scene, without ever making fun of her being older. She unexpectedly strikes up a friendship with Lloyd (Martin Starr), a pool boy who seems to be trying to figure out his own life. That he's many years younger than her is inescapable, but they share a bond as two people desperate for human interaction. After a failed attempt at speed dating, really the only scene that feels a bit off, Carol meets and forges a romance with Bill (Sam Elliott), a rich, cigar-chewing rogue who falls for her hard. She even reconnects with a wayward daughter (Malin Akerman) who is surprised to see her mother taking risks again.

For Carol, tearing down her emotional armor takes time after years spent alone, and we see her open up in ways that are charming, funny, and heartfelt, without losing sight of the harsh lessons that come with growing older. There's a great moment when Carol, who had been a singer early in her life, takes the stage for karaoke and you can just see her glowing with a mixture of joy and self-confidence. It's just refreshing to see a film that treats older women with respect, not as stereotypical "cougars" on the prowl or the butt of jokes. Danner delivers a warm and vulnerable performance, which isn't really a shock, and we're all fortunate she's been given this larger platform to show the full range of her talents. Elliott, who looks like he hasn't aged in about twenty years, still has that rugged cowboy mystique, but he gives the role more depth than it may actually require. And it's good to see Starr in a truly adult role, one that doesn't play off his Freaks & Geeks past.

There's a reason Danner received such incredible reviews for her performance when the film debuted at Sundance a few months ago. If this were later in the year we'd be talking about her as a Best Actress nominee. She more than deserves it. That probably won't happen, but the next best thing is for as many people to experience I'll See You in My Dreams as possible so Hollywood keeps making movies just like it.
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