Film Review: I’ll See You in My Dreams

“I’ll See You in My Dreams”
Directed by Brett Haley
Written by Marc Basch, Brett Haley

Starring: Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, Sam Elliott, Rhea Perlman, Mary Kay Place, June Squibb

Carol is a long-time widow living out the last decades of her life, enjoying only the company of her three friends and her beloved dog. The movie explores in a gentle, respectful way why this is the case and asks the question: can her situation be changed? It is well-acted, well-made but a tad too familiar for a big screen movie. We have seen it before with Meryl Streep or Diane Keaton playing this part. However, the theater was filled with women and a few men who seemed to get a lot more out of it than I did. You know going into a movie like this that someone will die, that there will be tears, that lessons will be learned, that characters will grow. Perhaps that was the problem for me. I knew too much about it before the lights went down. Mildly recommended.

Patti Abbott
In addition to being the Crimespree Senior Film Critic, Patti has penned numerous short stories and her debut novel, CONCRETE ANGEL, is in stores now. She hosts a look at Forgotten Books every Friday with readers, writers and reviewers at She hopes you’ll join in