A “Dream” Deferred

Hardwick and Good are fine in the lead roles. Under the steady guidance of writer/director Qasim Basir (NAACP Image Award nominated “Mooz-Lum”), the two leads give understated, but effective performances.

On the night of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, two strangers meet and embark on an emotional journey.

Cast: Omari Hardwick (Cass), Meagan Good (Frida)

Omari Hardwick and Meagan Good at a diner in a scene from "A Boy. A Girl. A Dream." (Samuel Goldwyn Films)

Omari Hardwick and Meagan Good at a diner in a scene from “A Boy. A Girl. A Dream.” (Samuel Goldwyn Films)

Cass (Omari Hardwick) is a club promoter – one of those guys who uses his contacts within the entertainment industry to round up a group of celebrities and their entourage to help publicize a club. Just as Cass is about to enter one of the hot Los Angeles nightspots with one such group, he encounters a young attorney named Frida (Meagan Good) and is immediately struck by her. Cass invites Frida to join the group and she reluctantly decides to join them. Between texts and news reports of the U.S. Presidential Election, Cass and Frida travel to various parts of the city, where they get to learn more about their respective dreams and ambitions.

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. While the focus is almost exclusively on Cass and Frida, “A Boy. A Girl. A Dream” is not a romance in the traditional sense. It’s more of a talkfest with an emphasis on character over plot. As a result, the film has more in common with Richard Linklater’s “Before Midnight,” than your standard issue Hollywood romance. Part of a series of films starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, “Before Midnight” is more about ideas than boy-meets-girl clichés. In “Dream,” Cass and Frida are two damaged souls who discover that they need something more from each other than a casual sexual encounter. They need to remind themselves to follow their true ambitions.

Meagan Good and Omari Hardwick in "A Boy. A Girl. A Dream."

Meagan Good and Omari Hardwick overlooking the Los Angeles skyline in “A Boy. A Girl. A Dream.” (Samuel Goldwyn Films)

Hardwick and Good are fine in the lead roles. Under the steady guidance of writer/director Qasim Basir (NAACP Image Award® nominated “Mooz-Lum”), the two leads give understated, but effective performances. Also worthy of note is Steven Holleran’s moody cinematography. Each scene is shot in a single master take and the transitions are so seamless that the entire action of the film appears to be happening in real time. This achievement is much more difficult than it looks. Credit must be given to the cast and crew for accomplishing this technical feat.

“A Boy. A Girl. A Dream” was released Friday, September 14, 2018 in approximately 60 theaters nationwide. For those unable to see it in theaters, the film will be available on VOD beginning Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

More information: Official website

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