California Dreaming (1979)

California Dreaming (1979)

“I came in to dig the sounds and check out the local scene.”

A nebbish (Dennis Christopher) from Chicago comes to California in search of sun and surf.


From beginning to end, this wannabe comedy contains unappealing characters, awful dialogue, unrealistic scenarios, and an instantly forgettable ensemble plot. I was astonished to find myself turned off by the eminently likeable Dennis Christopher, and saddened to see one of my favorite young actresses — Glynnis O’Connor — reduced to playing a vapid surfer Betty named Corky. In fact, I can’t even recommend this film to O’Connor fans, because it’s utterly depressing to see her trading in her previously smart, unusual roles for this one. While California Dreaming has a few diehard fans — check out some of the posts on IMDb, for instance — I suspect this is primarily because of its t&a factor more than anything else.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

Must See?
No. While listed as a Sleeper in the back of Peary’s book, I recommend sleeping through this one instead.


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