Dream a Little Dream (1989)

Genres - Comedy, Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Fantasy Comedy, Teen Movie  |   Release Date - Mar 3, 1989 (USA)  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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The third onscreen pairing of "the Coreys" -- Haim and Feldman, natch -- starts out like a continuation of the throwaway simplicity of their later project, License to Drive. In other words, cue the pert high school girls and check your sophistication at the door. But Dream a Little Dream develops a decidedly odd tone when it tiptoes into the mystical realm of body swapping, giving viewers the uneasy feeling of watching a movie with more ambition than it knows what to do with, or more importantly, how to deliver on. While it occasionally sidles up toward insight, it's too much of a departure from the undemanding fare in which the Tiger Beat boys specialize to please the target audience. And those who might appreciate its deeper gestures and explorations of age vs. youth probably won't have rented the movie to begin with. Assuming the much larger role, Feldman is competent enough, but it's too serious a part to showcase his knack for playing loudmouths, winningly on display in The Goonies and Stand by Me. The involvement of Jason Robards and Harry Dean Stanton is a bit unfathomable, too, although Stanton did pop up in Pretty in Pink. Director Marc Rocco tries admirably, but he's got an ill-fitting mixture on his hands. The movie is too shallow for a thought-provoking fantasy, and, at nearly two hours, way too long for a comedy.