Blythe Danner ages gracefully in ‘I’ll See You in My Dreams’

Sam Elliott and Blythe Danner in I’ll See You in My Dreams.

Three stars

I'll See You in My Dreams Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, Sam Elliott. Directed by Brett Haley. Rated PG-13. Opens Friday.

I’ll See You in My Dreams opens with its main character having to put her dog down, but the dramedy about aimless retiree Carol (Blythe Danner) doesn’t spend time wallowing in misery. It’s also not a cringe-filled comedy about old people doing inappropriate things, although it does come close when Carol and her friends (played by Rhea Perlman, Mary Kay Place and June Squibb) get high on medical marijuana and succumb to the munchies. Mostly, though, it’s a low-key amble through a brief period in Carol’s life, as she takes a few steps to shake up her settled but lonely routine.

She befriends Lloyd (Martin Starr), the guy who cleans her pool. She goes on a few dates with smooth-talking suitor Bill (Sam Elliott). She has a visit with her daughter (Malin Akerman). She plays cards with her friends. Danner is charming as a woman who finds herself trying to fill the rest of her life with something meaningful, and the talented supporting cast offers gentle laughs and a few moments of heartfelt emotion. Dreams ends as it began, with Carol enjoying some quiet companionship, and the movie offers its audience the same thing.

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