Not many road trip style movies are both tearfully funny and musically joyous at the same time. In Cas & Dylan, the meeting of two unlikely individuals creates a deeply moving tale and a great character building drama.
When Cas Pepper (Richard Dreyfuss) is a widowed oncologist diagnosed
with a medical problem, he has a few choices to make. He can either get
it treated or retire. Or, he can embark on a road trip so he can find
some peace. Little does he know, a spritely young writer Dylan Morgan
(Tatiana Maslany) leaps into his life and what she likes to do is cause
What makes this film wonderful to watch is that these two characters are both on a journey of self-discovery and awakenings.
Pepper is a bit of an old codger. He’s stuffy and loves his country
music. Dylan, on the other hand, is a young minx who loves rock and
roll. Her troubled life needs a hand. Maybe she needs a strong
father-figure in her life to help guide her, and because she has been
hanging out in the hospital Pepper works in, maybe she saw something in
Pepper that she liked.
Writer Jessie Gabe crafted a great, layered, story that shows how the
two unlikeliest of people manages to bond. Even director Jason
Priestley demonstrates he knows his comedy very well. He directed for
television many times and his transition to working on feature length
films looks like a promising one. The way he had Maslany come to life on
the screen is beautiful, and she will no doubt be a star on the rise.
Dreyfuss is just as wonderful in his transformation of realizing he can
be happy again.
Even the choice of bluegrass music used is a sweet touch to drive
home the idea that the type of music Donnie & Marie mixed together
is still reverent today. This heartwarming film with a message will no
doubt change the formula for odd couple comedies still to come. All this
product has to do is to break out of the film festival circuit and hit
the domestic with marketing revving up everything it can do to make this
5 out of 5