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Hollywood Dreams
  Release Date: 05/18/07

Starring: Tanna Frederick, Justin Kirk, Zack Norman, David Proval, Karen Black

Director: Henry Jaglom

Rating: (R)
  Comedy, Drama, Romance
  Running Time
  100 min
  Rainbow Releasing
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Maverick director Henry Jaglom delivers another one of his highly improvised, laid-back comedies about showbiz, with this tale of a hapless actress's travails in Hollywood, in particular her burgeoning romance with a hotshot actor pretending to be gay. Jaglom's unostentatious style has its charms, and this is one of his funnier films—but as usual, his ambling story lines get tiresome after a while.

"Hollywood Dreams" follows the journey of a young woman from a small town in Iowa, Margie Chizek, who arrives in Los Angeles deeply scarred by certain events in her childhood and profoundly obsessed with a life-long dream of achieving fame and stardom. After a series of difficult and sometimes comic struggles - including a failed audition for the "part of a lifetime" in a local play - she literally bumps into a self-styled "major producer / manager" who, together with his personal and professional partner, takes her under his wing. As Margie's fate seems to have suddenly changed and her goal appears finally within reach, her romantic involvement with an exciting, complex up-and-coming young actor challenges her - and our - ideas of success, fame and love.