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Dean (2017)



Critic Consensus: Dean's light touch with heavy themes -- and a talented cast led by writer-director-star Demetri Martin -- help compensate for the familiar story's narrative drift.

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Writer/Director/Comedian Demetri Martin stars alongside Academy Award winner Kevin Kline in this comedic and heartfelt tale about a father and son coming to terms with love, loss and everything in between. Dean (Martin) is an illustrator whose unwillingness to deal with the recent death of his mother means escaping his hometown of New York for an interview with an ad agency in Los Angeles. His retired engineer dad Robert (Kline) takes a more regimented approach to grief, including putting the family home up for sale. Both father and son set out on their own paths to find a new normal as unexpected circumstances and potential new love interests threaten to thwart all plans.

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This material might've worked better as sketches in an omnibus film.

April 3, 2020 | Full Review…

It's about imperfections and dealing with the moment, and how the aftermath of death helps shape the way we handle life.

June 16, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The lessons that Dean learns are pat and predictable, but this disarmingly winsome film is comfortable in the knowledge that universal truths can be the hardest things for people to discover for themselves.

June 5, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

[Demetri Martin] makes the transition into feature filmmaking as writer, director and star with just the right blend of humor and heartbreak.

June 5, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

While the direction is capable, the writing isn't nearly as sharp as it needs to be.

June 2, 2017 | Full Review…

A movie with which it is easy to find fault, and if you're a particular kind of person, you'll find fault with it without even trying too hard.

June 2, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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