Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 05/04/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Hollywood Dreams" is one of the most bizarre films I have ever seen. In Los Angeles, a young girl from Iowa gets off the bus in search of fame and fortune. She soon falls in love with a promising and sexy young actor (Justin Kirk) but this relationship threatens to complicate her goal of being a successful actress. And so we arrive at the "Boulevard of Broken Dreams". Los Angeles and Hollywood are places for chasing dreams and many times these dreams come true. We see Hollywood as an insane place and it is captured amazingly well by director, Harry Jaglom.
The star of the film is Tanna Frederick who plays an unstable young woman who has mental limitations. When she is evicted because she cannot pay her rent, she is taken in by two producers who promise her stardom and she is deluded into believing it. They like her are seduced by Hollywood.
Here is an attempt to tell an old story in a new way but it just does not work What kills this film is that it tries too hard to be different. The lead actress gives a really poor performance but it is hard to know if that was intentional or that she is just a poor actress. Everyone else does a good job and Karen Black is excellent.
For a look at Hollywood as it really is, this is a fairly poor excuse.