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Pipe Dream
Pipe Dream
Actors: Martin Donovan, Anthony Arkin, Marla Sucharetza, Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Carroll
Director: John Walsh
Genres: Comedy
R     2003     1hr 31min

David Kulovic (Martin Donovan) seems an affable sort, a New York City plumber with a steady business. Yet one more time he overhears a potential girlfriend mentioning how the relationship can't work because he's just a plu...  more »


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Actors: Martin Donovan, Anthony Arkin, Marla Sucharetza, Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Carroll
Director: John Walsh
Creators: John Walsh, Carole Curb Nemoy, Danielle Shelov, Michael Zilkha, Mike Curb, Sally Roy, Cynthia Kaplan
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/17/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2001
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

The Social Psychology Of Attribution
Dr Lawrence Hauser | NYC, NY USA | 09/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Having never heard of it, I purchased a cable television viewing of Pipe Dream in the hope that its splendid cast would generate sufficient friction to hold my interest for an hour and one-half on a quiet Sunday evening. I was particularly intrigued at the prospect of watching Martin Donovan and Mary-Louise Parker, two exceptionally talented actors, work together in the context of a romantic comedy. I am happy to report that not only was I completely engrossed by this delightful ensemble piece, I had that all too rare experience of wishing it would never end! The story starts off a bit slowly as we encounter David K. (Donovan) toiling away unglamorously as a lowly plumber in New York City. Although he is obviously a well-trained and highly skilled tradesman, he feels under-appreciated as a man since woman seem to disregard him automatically given his workaday status and frequently soiled appearance. In fact, many of his clients hardly even look at him having prejudged his value solely on their preconception of the type of person who does such work. This is poignantly, and painfully, brought home one evening by his attractive neighbor Antonia (Parker) after they sleep together on the basis of both having had a good deal too much to drink. David overhears Antonia on the phone in the morning admonishing a girlfriend not to take the liaison seriously as even though the sex was great the man, after all, is only a plumber. How to elevate his status sufficiently to be regarded as a contender by desirable woman drives David into a flight of imagination that informs the narrative structure of the remainder of this very cleverly written tale of identity transformation. What distinguishes Pipe Dream from so many formulaic romantic comedies is its central storyline which examines the extent of gullibility and willful suspension of critical judgment within the movie-making industry. David's successful metamorphosis from day laborer to movie director could only be accomplished in a field of human endeavor where pretension is in itself valorized so desperately by the participants themselves. There are now a number of films that explore this theme effectively ( Living In Oblivion and Full Frontal come immediately to mind) but Pipe Dream's take on the mass hysteria of celebrity is perhaps the most winsome and amusing to date. The original meaning of the term Pipe Dream derives, I believe, from the hallucinatory state induced by smoking opium. In many ways, our culture's reverence for those who create the fantasy brought to life on the screen rivals the altered consciousness produced by hallucinogenic substances. How wonderful that there are individuals in the industry who are willing and able to comment upon themselves and their role in society in such an open, big-hearted way."
Finally, An Intelligent Romantic Comedy
Bruce A. Nelson | Worcester, MA USA | 08/24/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"There's a large majority in the world, at least in the Western Hemisphere that lives by the canon of "Perception is Everything". They prescribe and are overly dependant that immediate perception is the only mode that human beings acquire all information to process, interpret, judge and hence, "understand" and "see" others in the world. In other words, perception equals "reality". If one sees a banker, a car mechanic and a teacher, an immediate profile (or at the very least, a level of respectability and even desirability) can be assessed on each. Without delving (thankfully) in the complexities of Jungian theory, this low budget independent film by John Walsh explores with satire and insight, how widespread, yet fragile and ultimately false this belief is. There is a lot more than meets the eye and much humor in this human frailty.The premise of the film is that of a plumber, David Kulovic (Martin Donovan) who cannot seem to score more than a one-nighter because "he's just a plumber". With the assistance of a casting director (Kevin Carroll), who's in search of the ultimate shower/water pressure experience and a would-be screenwriter, (Mary-Louise Parker) he concocts a rather remarkable scheme of meeting beautiful women by posing as a film director (who happens to be "hot" in Holland).What prevents this over the top idea from turning into a Sandra Bullock afternoon waster is the excellent writing of Walsh and Cynthia Kaplan. It's an intelligent approach and a return to the dry humor found in the great romantic comedies of Hollywood's heyday. If you are looking for "American Pie", then stay away. Short attention spans will miss a lot of great one-liners. Donovan, Carroll and Parker give inspired and very funny performances. As the film is character driven, the audience gets to learn about and like the characters well, despite their selfish traits. You will find yourself rooting for David's nutty idea and the human complexities that unfold within it. There are touching moments in unlikely places, as in the scene where David and a set coffee caterer discuss one's rank in life. The story not only satirically pokes holes in how people judge one another (or fails to even notice them) yet how individuals uses others, which is also depersonalizing. Yet the film never fails to lose its humor or become a model for soapboxing. Hollywood gets a bit of a well-deserved elbow or two as well. The final shot of the film brings all the themes together beautifully on how people should treat one another, without a trace of sappiness.It's a shame so few people will see this film, as it seems its distribution was fairly limited. Take the time to purchase Pipe Dream. It's a lot more fun and insightful than Psychology 101 or Sandra Bullock."
Cute, efficient, and sometimes charming
Daniel Friedman | Harrison, NY USA | 03/30/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Pipe Dream is yet another in the endless genre of films about making films but it's slightly different in that the bombast of moviemaking is downplayed and the relationships between the characters is highlighted. The basic plot is that of a plumber who masquerades as a film director in order to meet women, and in doing so finds himself in a position to direct an actual film. It's got a cute feel to it, mainly because Martin Donovan as the plumber as this mild goofball charm and Mary-Louise Parker, who is usually good in everything she does, brings her usual wry sense of humor to her role as the writer and real brains behind the project. Rebecca Gayheart is mostly eye candy but she does have some very funny scenes as an actress who may be in over her head.It's a romantic comedy that teeters on sappiness but it never quite falls into that abyss, mostly because Donovan and Parker have a definite chemistry that elevates their characters into a realm where you genuinely care about them and feel for them. There's also very little in the way of extemporaneous scenes and dialogue that get in the way of the plot. While it is somewhat predictable, it doesn't feel like a cliche. There are some moments that are genuinely very funny but it's not that type of comedy. There are a couple of sequences that try to deal with a larger theme of place in society and stereotypes but fortunately these don't linger.The film clocks in just over 90 minutes and it doesn't feel either rushed or dragged out. Overall, this was a nice little movie."
Rebecca Gayheart is wonderful
djloop | SWEDEN | 03/06/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Becouse I love Rebecca Gayheart, every movie i watch is good.
This one is about a plumber (David) that really wants to get a good reputation. He gives a good friend "whos in the movie business" free plumbing. His friend lets him pretend to be a director, so the girls would fall for him. But the script that he "stole" from a another friend were terrific. People liked it alot. So the word spread and the script became movie material. So now David has to direct the movie but he has no experience. Hes just a plumber!
And he wants Rebecca Gayheart so much so he lets her star in the movie. But he cant get intimite with her, couse that will mess everything up. But he cant wait untill the movie is over...Sorry for my bad English"