California Dreaming (1979)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance

California Dreaming (1979) Poster

Young T.T. comes from Chicago to spend the summer in California. He slowly becomes "California-ized," while learning about love and life in the Golden State.

Add this title to your Watchlist
Save movies and shows to keep track of what you want to watch.



  • California Dreaming (1979)
  • California Dreaming (1979)
  • Dennis Christopher and Glynnis O'Connor in California Dreaming (1979)
  • Glynnis O'Connor in California Dreaming (1979)
  • Tanya Roberts in California Dreaming (1979)
  • Johnny Fain and Stacey Nelkin in California Dreaming (1979)

See all photos

More of What You Love

Find what you're looking for even quicker with the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review

User Reviews

13 January 2000 | DaCritic-2
Extremely not bad
According to George Carlin, the term "Extremely not bad" should be used more often ... as in, "Gosh, this turnip casserole is extremely not bad."

California Dreaming follows the trials and tribulations of TT (Dennis Christopher) as he arrives in California with some recordings of his recently-deceased brother's jazz music. The idea is to play the music near the ocean, because his brother loved the ocean. While in California, TT stays with an old surfer (Wynn, in probably the best role he's ever had ... should be, though, because he wrote the script), who offers TT a place to live. TT becomes a surfer, woos his landlord's daughter, gropes gratuitously-displayed breasts; so far, it's pretty standard surf-movie fare.

Near the end, though, there was an actual plot twist; the plot had been so thin up until that point that I didn't even notice it coming. I'm not as easily manipulated now as I did when I first saw this movie (when I was about 15), but I was so blindsided by this development that it actually gave the ending a strong emotional impact, for me.

Great cinema, it ain't, but Glynnis O'Connor and Tonya Roberts were both hotties, the surfing scenes are pretty cool, and the acting is convincing, if not outstanding.

Critic Reviews

More Like This

  • Racquet


  • The Yum Yum Girls

    The Yum Yum Girls

  • Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound

    Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound

  • Black Oak Conspiracy

    Black Oak Conspiracy

  • Suspended Animation

    Suspended Animation

  • French Connection II

    French Connection II

  • The Looking Glass

    The Looking Glass

  • Sticky My Fingers... Fleet My Feet

    Sticky My Fingers... Fleet My Feet

  • A Piece of Eden

    A Piece of Eden

  • Those Lips, Those Eyes

    Those Lips, Those Eyes

  • Pleasure Cove

    Pleasure Cove

  • Ravagers



Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Comedy | Drama | Romance

The 'Someone Great' Stars Plead Guilty to Movie Clichés

"The IMDb Show" sits down with the stars of Someone Great to find out if they are guilty or not guilty of some of our favorite breakup movie tropes.

Watch now

Featured on IMDb

Check out our guide to superheroes, horror movies, and more.

Around The Web


Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on