Hollywood Dreams (R)

Comedy 100 May 25th, 2007
By Scott Foundas
The 15th film in 35 years written and directed by Henry Jaglom, that love-him-or-hate-him iconoclast of American independent filmmaking, is also one of his warmest and most inviting, despite the potential for cynicism inherent in its premise -- that old saw about a would-be starlet (newcomer Tanna Frederick) living out of her car and scrounging for a gig. (In one hilarious scene, she's refused a role in an amateur video being made by schoolchildren!) The movie buzzes with the quirky rhythms of Jaglom's patented improvisational shooting style and those of Frederick herself, whose go-for-broke zaniness recalls that of a former Jaglom ingénue, Karen Black. By the time Black appears here, as an actress musing with a mix of melancholy and acceptance about her former stardom, it's clear that Hollywood Dreams is something of a walk down memory lane for its maker, stuffed with references to earlier Jaglom films and appearances by many members of his stock company. Consider it a wistful contemplation of the fickle nature of movie success.
Henry Jaglom Tanna Frederick, Justin Kirk, Zack Norman, David Proval, Karen Black, Melissa Leo, Mariah Bess, Paz de la Huerta, Sabi Dorr, Douglas Dunning Henry Jaglom Rosemary Marks Rainbow Releasing