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Dream with the Fishes
A dying man and a man who wants to die strike up an unusual bargain in this independent comedy-drama. Terry (David Arquette) is a suicidal voyeur who is depressed but lacks the courage to kill himself. While trying to work up the nerve to throw himself off a bridge, Terry is stopped by his neighbor Nick (Brad Hunt), who doesn't know that Terry has been watching him have unsatisfying sex with his girlfriend Liz (Kathryn Erbe). Drug-addicted Nick has learned that he has only a few weeks left to live, so he makes Terry a deal: Nick will put Terry out of his misery if Terry will help Nick live… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Despite the emphasis on Oedipal conflict, the film expresses no desire to enter the grownup world; happiness here is associated with eternal adolescence, following the '70s (and now, apparently, '90s) ideal."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Daily News
"As the film progresses, however, it begins to accumulate all sorts of unnecessary characters and subplots that only serve to weigh it down."
‑ John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune
"Dream With The Fishes is quite a moving but perplexing film."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, sbs.com.au
"Parts of the movie focusing on drugs and wanderlust seem like throwbacks to the '60s, but most of the story is more self-indulgent than sociological."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"It isn't nearly as compelling or profound as it's meant to be."
‑ Serena Donadoni, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"A throwback to the independent-minded, anything-goes movies that followed in the wake of Easy Rider in the early 1970s."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"A harangue on how ironic it is that men often attack one another verbally and physically as a way to get close."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Dream With the Fishes is a personal kind of story told with a sensitivity that, while not exactly Oscar-worthy, does manage to touch on feelings most mainstream films don't even admit exist."
‑ Dan Webster, Spokesman-Review (Washington)
"Not a great picture -- not by a long shot -- but the many and various parts of Finn Taylor's quirky black comedy do add up to something rather appealing."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's well acted, and the dialogue didn't insult me. But at the same time, I felt like I'd seen it all before."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Clearly, it wishes to be different, but anyone who fondly recalls the buddy films of the '70s will find it to be more of the same."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"[A] refreshing, unexpectedly profound comedy."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"The quirky-misfits-on-the-road genre is nothing new or revolutionary, but the film possesses a naive charm that is as refreshing as it is rare."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Nothing here is sufficiently wild."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"An enthralling whimsical trek."
‑ Brandon Judell, PopcornQ
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