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★☆☆☆☆A decade since his directorial debut Garden State (2004) offered him a platform to air his views on the quarter-life crises of a handful of waylaid young adults, ex-sitcom star Zach Braff (Scrubs) returns to the silver screen with Wish I Was Here (2014), a part-Kickstarter funded pet project he co-wrote with his brother Adam J. Braff. Though his previous, extremely divisive first feature went about meeting tooth-grating sincerity and a studied cavalcade of quirk (Natalie Portman played a Shins-loving pathological liar) with genuine visual promise, it's made to look like a masterpiece compared to the excruciating Wish I Was Here, which strikes a curious balance of having too much to say and yet saying nothing at all.
- CineVue UK
Actor-director to present new comedy-drama Wish I Was Here.
Braff wrote the screenplay, directed, co-produced and also stars in the film, which became one of the first major productions to take advantage of Kickstarter crowdfunding.
Producer Michael Shamberg will accompany Braff at the festival. Shamberg is set to receive the Career Achievement Award prior to the premiere on Sep 26 at the Cinema Corso.
Wish I Was Here stars Braff as a man at a crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family. The film co-stars Kate Hudson, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon and Adam Braff, who co-wrote the screenplay.
The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January, was released in the Us in July and will receive its theatrical release in the UK this weekend.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Director: Zach Braff
Running Time: 106 minutes
Synopsis: Aidan Bloom is a 35-year-old man who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family.
I’m a huge fan of Zach Braff’s directorial debut Garden State (2004) and I found that I both related to and enjoyed on its own merit; in equal measure. Braff merged a curious mix of cleverness with reality and now in Wish I Was Here he does it again but with additional heart alongside a positive flirtation with nostalgia.
Wish I Was Here has been co-written with Zach’s brother Adam J. Braff, and while it primarily focuses around 35-year-old Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff), who’s found himself struggling at a crossroads in his life, it also dives deeply to discuss relationships with family »
- Dan Bullock
Chicago – Writer, director and lead actor Zach Braff has put it on the line for his latest feature, “Wish I Was Here.” He infamously used a crowd funding Kickstarter campaign to maintain creative control of the film, but he needn’t have bothered. The movie result is a sappy, high concept emotional manipulator with no basis in authenticity, and that might be the best thing that can be said about it.
This film wasn’t something that showcased what makes Braff interesting. Unlike his successful cult film of ten years ago, “Garden State,” Braff casts himself in a circumstance unlike his usual character, and too far from his real life for him to understand it (and he wrote it!). Braff plays a father in this film, but with no chemistry with his kids or wife – portrayed by Kate Hudson – and he disarmingly seems estranged from the family. Some might »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
[This is a re-post of my Wish I Was Here review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The film opens in limited release this weekend.] It’s been ten long years since Zach Braff directed a feature film. Those that fell hard for Garden State—myself included—looked forward to seeing another directorial effort from Braff, and now the time has finally come with Wish I Was Here. Written by Braff and his brother Adam Braff, the story explores late-blooming maturity through the eyes of a struggling actor living in L.A. with his wife and two children. Braff weaves in plenty of themes about loss, marriage, and parenthood throughout the film, but he throws so much into the pot that not all of it sticks. The result is a disappointing mixed bag, with some of the film hitting just the right note while the rest of it falls completely flat. Read my full review after the jump. Aidan Bloom and his wife Sarah (Kate Hudson) live in Los Angeles with their two children, Grace »
- Adam Chitwood
Directed by: Zach Braff Written by: Zach Braff and Adam J. Braff Main Cast: Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Jim Parsons, Ashley Greene, Donald Faison, Michael Weston, and more… Past Oscar relations: Kate Hudson was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Almost Famous Here now folks is a brand new article in this ongoing series of mine on 2014 releases hoping to compete for some sort of notable Oscar attention as contenders at the upcoming 2015 ceremony. Next up for us here is the Sundance dramedy Wish I Was Here, which is the sophomore writing and directing effort from actor/Garden State helmer Zach Braff. If it manages to appeal to the Academy, it’d be a first, since it was backed by Kickstarter and no film of that ilk has gotten nominated to date. In many ways, this is almost a »
- Joey Magidson
Chicago – Zach Braff is an amiable personality, making his mark as “J.D.” on the TV sitcom “Scrubs” and the cult film “Garden State” (2004), which he wrote and directed. For his most recent project, he made show business headlines by using the website Kickstarter to “crowd fund” his latest film, “Wish I Was Here.”
“Wish I Was Here,” like “Garden State,” is a coming-of-age film. But this time Braff – who stars in the film, co-wrote it with his brother Adam, and directed it – portrays a 35 year old struggling actor with a wife (Kate Hudson) and two kids, coming to terms with his father’s (Mandy Patinkin) illness and possible passing. Like “Garden State,” it has a dream-like quality to it, while dealing with a different phase of life.
Photo credit: Focus Features
Zach Braff is best know for his lead role as John “J. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Ashley Greene, “Twlight’s Alice, showed why she is one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood last night at the Focus Features’ ‘Wish I Was Here’ premiere in Los Angeles. Greene, 27, looked sexy and sophisticated in a figure-hugging cream-colored dress with sheer cutouts and exposed shoulders. The film is directed by Zach Braff and co-written with Adam J. Braff. It also stars Kate Hudson, Jim Parsons, Joey King and James Avery in his last film. ...Read More »
After fans helped him raise $3.1 million to fund his latest project, “Wish I Was Here,” via Kickstarter, multi-hyphenate Zach Braff was able to share the end result with several backers who attended the film’s premiere Monday night at the DGA Theater.
Joined on the red carpet by his brother and co-screenwriter Adam Braff and costars Joey King, Donald Faison, Ashley Greene, Jim Parsons and Pierce Gagnon, Braff said the process of promoting his movie has been a bit like running for office.
“Releasing a movie is a little like a political campaign,” Braff told Variety. “You’re constantly trying to just catch any eyeballs you can because there’s so much competition for everyone’s attention. All bets are off with marketing movies now. The old ways don’t work anymore and it’s all about the new ways.”
Though the past few months have been hectic, Braff said »
- Andrea Seikaly
Wish I Was Here will be hitting screens soon. Braff’s latest project encouraged a wealth of support, helping to finance the project through a Kickstarter campaign. The film tells the story of Aidan (Braff), a struggling actor trying to make his way in life as a husband and father.
Braff directed and co-wrote the film with his brother, Adam Braff. The cast includes Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Mandy Patinkin, Ashley Greene, Jim Parsons and Braff’s Scrubs co-star Donald Fasion. Here you go:
Wish I Was Here is due to hit UK screens on 19th September and Us theatres 18th July.
Source: E!online »
- Ciham Messouki
The first poster for Wish I Was Here debuted on Wednesday. The new movie from director Zach Braff (“Garden State”) tells a funny, touching, universal story of what it means to be at a major crossroads as a parent, spouse, and child — all at once.
Wish I Was Here opens in select theaters July 18th. Expands on July 25th and August 1st.
Official Site http://www.wishiwasherefilm.com
The post New Poster »
- Michelle McCue
Both the teaser trailer and the full theatrical trailer for Zach Braff's sophomore directing effort Wish I Was Here promise a great movie, but after seeing the film at Sundance, I was underwhelmed to say the least. But the marketing department has unveiled another poster, continuing the good job of hyping up the somewhat whimsical comedic drama that again features Braff in the lead, just like his directorial debut Garden State. This time Braff is joined on-screen by Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Mandy Patinkin and awesome child actors Joey King and Pierce Gagnon. Plus, there's some cameos that fans of Braff will really enjoy, but we won't spoil them here. It's just a shame the movie doesn't deliver something better. Here's the latest poster for Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here from E! Online: Wish I Was Here is directed by Zach Braff from a script he co-wrote with his brother Adam Braff. »
- Ethan Anderton
Watch the magical first teaser for Wish I Was Here.
The new movie from director Zach Braff (“Garden State”) tells a funny, touching, universal story of what it means to be at a major crossroads as a parent, spouse, and child — all at once.
The original screenplay is by Zach Braff & Adam Braff. Wish I Was Here is produced by Stacey Sher, Michael Shamberg, Zach Braff and Adam Braff. The cast includes Zach Braff, Academy Award nominee Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”), Josh Gad (“Frozen”), Joey King (“Fargo”), Pierce Gagnon (“Looper”), Donald Faison (“The Exes”), Ashley Greene (“Twilight”), Emmy Award winner Jim Parsons, and Michael Weston (“Garden State”).
Official Site http://www. »
- Michelle McCue
"You can pick any one you want, just as long as it's unique and amazing like you." Following the first trailer boosted by The Shins, not unlike one of the trailers for Garden State, a second trailer for Zach Braff's Kickstarted, sophomore directing effort Wish I Was Here has arrived. Even though I was disappointed after my viewing at Sundance, this new trailer definitely makes me want to revisit the film to see if maybe I'll warm up to it. But at the same time, seeing clips in the context of the trailer, and knowing how they fit into the story, I'm skeptical that the film can win me over with a second viewing. Watch below! Here's the second trailer for Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here, straight from Focus Features: Wish I Was Here is directed by Zach Braff from a script he co-wrote with his brother Adam Braff. »
- Ethan Anderton
To say that I’m excited for Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here would be a huge understatement. I’ve been following this one literally from day one, when Braff launched the project on Kickstarter, and have been looking forward to it ever since.
Wish I Was Here tells the story of Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, husband and dad who at 35 is still trying to find his true place in life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially, and Aidan passes his time fantasizing about being the futuristic Space Knight he always dreamed he’d be as a little kid.
When his ailing father can no longer afford to pay for private school for his two kids, and with »
- Kenji Lloyd
A new teaser trailer for the upcoming comedy-drama, ‘Wish I Was Here,’ featuring stars Zach Braff, Kate Hudson and Mandy Patinkin, has been released. The trailer also includes indie rock band The Shins’ acclaimed ‘Simple Song.’ ‘Wish I Was Here’ will be distributed by Focus Features on July 18 in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles. The film will then expand nationally on July 25 and August 1. The comedy also stars Josh Gad, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon, Jim Parsons, Ashley Greene, Donald Faison and James Avery in his final film role. Braff co-wrote ‘Wish I Was Here’ with his brother, Adam Braff. The movie marks the former [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
You know there are kids involved. You suspect Braff plays their Dad. Mandy Patinkin is in the hospital, and is likely Gramps. There’s also something odd going on, possibly a Walter Mitty-esque idea, but who knows.
It seems that what Zach Braff would most like you to know about his film is that he’s in it. If you need to know more than that, well, he’s not entirely sure how to sell you.
The only real clue you get, if you’re looking for something that might hint at whether the film is good, or even interesting, is that Mandy Patinkin agreed to be in it. »
- Marc Eastman
While Zach Braff is best known for his role on the tv sitcom Scrubs, many were surprised to see him step behind the camera for his 2004 filmmaking debut Garden State. Many were curious to see what Braff’s next effort behind the camera may bring, curiosity which was heightened when the performer put the movie up on the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter for donations from fans to finance the film. Titled Wish I Was Here, the movie soon became one of the highest funded projects on the site. Along with taking on directorial duties, Braff also shares writing duties with Adam Braff, and stars in the film alongside Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Joey King, Jim Parsons, and Donald Faison. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
(Source: The Dissolve)
- Deepayan Sengupta
A delightful new trailer for the upcoming comedy Wish I Was Here has come online.
Director Zach Braff’s follow-up to his indie breakout hit Garden State is the story of a thirtysomething man who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family.
The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The Hollywood Reporter‘s Boyd van Hoeij called it, “A more mature work from actor-director-producer Zach Braff that feels like a Garden State for grown-ups.
HitFix‘s Drew McWeeny wrote, “this is the film that he took to Kickstarter, even as people complained about the idea of a millionaire asking people for hand-outs. Beyond that, though, hating “Garden State” has become a cottage industry. The only thing Braff could possibly do to counter all of the naysayers would be to make a genuinely great movie…. which, thankfully, is exactly what he did. »
- Michelle McCue
Following a premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Wish I Was Here, the sophomore directorial effort of Garden State helmer and "Scrubs" star Zach Braff is coming this summer, and the first trailer has arrived. Much like the first trailer for Braff's aforementioned directorial debut, this one let's the music and cinematography shine, opting to leave out dialogue almost completely. It's kind of a bummer that a couple amusing cameos are included in this trailer, but they'll also convince fans of Braff's previous work to be even more excited. This writer wasn't a big fan of the film earlier this year, but it's worth seeing yourself. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here from Focus Features: Wish I Was Here is directed by Zach Braff from a script he co-wrote with his brother Adam Braff. The "Scrubs" star and Garden State director also »
- Ethan Anderton
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