2016 "A comedy about tragedy."
6.2| 1h27m| PG-13| en| More Info
Released: 16 April 2016 Released
Producted By: Honora Productions
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A freelance illustrator in New York suffers a quarter-life crisis and leaves his home for the west coast.


Comedy, Romance

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Demetri Martin

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SunnyHello Nice effects though.
CommentsXp Best movie ever!
Afouotos Although it has its amusing moments, in eneral the plot does not convince.
filippaberry84 I think this is a new genre that they're all sort of working their way through it and haven't got all the kinks worked out yet but it's a genre that works for me.
adonis98-743-186503 A comedy about loss, grief, and the redemptive power of love. Dean is a NY illustrator who falls hard for an LA woman while trying to prevent his father from selling the family home in the wake of his mother's death. Dean is a bland and not even funny drama/comedy that fails to impress or keep it's viewers hooked with Demetri Martin's perfomance being a mess and Kevin Kline's talent getting thrown threw the window. (0/10)
Larry Silverstein Dimitri Martin writes, directs, and stars here as Dean, who is an illustrator and writer trying to cope with the recent loss of his mother. He's also struggling in his relationship with his father Robert (Kevin Kline), who is also finding his own ways of grieving his loss. With work on his next book blocked by his sadness, Dean decides to travel from Brooklyn to Los Angeles to meet with a ad agency who have expressed interest in his drawings. While there, Dean will hook up with some old friends like Eric (Rory Scovel) and Becca (Briga Heelan), as well as meeting a new woman Nicky (Gillian Jacobs).I thought the scenes with his friends and Nicky worked well and were often heartfelt and humorous. However, other parts of this movie seemed awkward and flat, so a mixed bag overall.All in all, I thought this rather quirky and oddball dramedy, employing lots of deadpan humor, was only partially successful.
Jacob Studebaker I've been a fan of Demetri Martin since I was 12/13. His awkward humor and use of drawings had been so funny to look at and I even own one of his books, "This is a Book." When I heard Demetri was soon going to have a film released, I was excited as all hell! So I quickly checked the first run theater where I saw Trainspotting 2 at to see if they had Dean, and was promptly disappointed they weren't screening it. A day later, I saw they WERE screening it and IMMEDIATELY drove over to go see it. I've read reviews saying the film played it safe, which I suppose I have to agree with to some extent. I haven't seen a lot of Rom-comedies, mostly because they all end the same where the couple either gets together or dies, so seeing Dean advertised as a Rom-com worried me. What sets "Dean" apart is it's use of clever cinematography and the fact that unlike other comedies these days, ITS ACTUALLY FUNNY. In a sea of terrible films like "Snatched" or "Office Christmas Party," this film made me laugh from the very beginning and gave me faith in the indie market. The cinematography is also very clever. There's one shot where Dean is sitting in a restaurant drawing and when his dad calls him about selling the house and Dean persistently comes up with reasons why the house shouldn't be sold, we see a young child in the background also drawing on the tablecloth to show how Dean is coming up with childish reasons to avoid selling the house. "DEAN" is one of my favorite films of the year, and I'll definitely go see again because of the clever writing, clever cinematography, superb acting, and also because ITS ACTUALLY FUNNY. Overall, I give "Dean" an 8.6/10.
lmaocarrots Demetri Martin has been my favorite comedian for many years, therefore when I heard that he had written, directed and starred in a film I grabbed tickets immediately. Having no trailer to go off of, my mind went wild thinking how the insanely creative Demetri Martin's comedy would translate into a film. Sadly, a lot was lost in that translation.The best part of Dean is its usage of Martin's trademark doodles, which accompany the film's scenes in split screens. They feel fresh and were the saving grace when the film started out with a clichéd father and son by a grave that made me worried. The biggest letdown is the film's continual return to cliché, especially in the final act which plays out as a heavy-handed drama with little comedy. The best thing about Demetri Martin's comedy is that his jokes are presented, the audience gets them, then he moves onto the next joke. In this film there is a lot of unnecessary lingering done. The morals are beaten into our heads in four concluding scenes of nothing but expositional dialogue. Even when the dialogue is more in line with his comedic styling he allows characters too much time to react to the jokes, therefore explaining them. If Demetri Martin tackled each scene as he did his jokes, it could've been a wholly unique film, but his insistence to make a straightforward narrative greatly hurts the film.One scene really perfectly exemplifies where the film succeeds and fails. It's a party scene and Dean doesn't know anyone there. He spots a pretty girl across the room, cue slow motion and music. This instantly got me groaning. Then he takes it further, Dean leans onto a counter in the slow motion and knocks a bunch of clutter everywhere. I groan a little more having seen this joke even taken here before. But then something brilliant happens. He continues the slow motion for just too long. He picks up the clutter, not even looking at the girl anymore, all in slow motion, then he leaves the room. I laugh out loud. It's a perfectly executed defiance of expectations. But then he ruins it, falling back into cliché. I was really hoping in his embarrassment Dean would never talk to this girl, but instantly in the next scene she approaches him and a love story begins. From cliché, to defying clichés, but ultimately settling back into cliché. You can almost feel Demetri's reluctance to take risks and that's a damn shame because if he did it could've been this generation's Annie Hall.However, Demetri has stated that he has more conceptual ideas for future films and Dean was picked up by CBS, so here's to his next project taking more risks and blowing everyone away!