Next Stop Wonderland (1998)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  21 August 1998 (USA)
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An unlucky in love nurse finds her life taking a detour when her mother places a personals ad in the paper, while on the other side of Boston, a plumber is trying to change careers.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Erin Castleton
Pamela Hart ...
Diane Beckett ...
Jeremy Geidt ...
Alan Gelfant ...
Alan Monteiro
Dave Gilloran ...
Aquarium Volunteer
Luz Alexandra Ramos ...
Thalia (as Luz Alexandra)
Emma Shaw ...
Kemp Harris ...
Neil Gustafson ...
Yuri Spinov
Piper Castleton
E. Katherine Kerr ...
Candice (as Katherine Kerr)


Erin is a nurse and her longtime boyfriend has dumped her. Her mother Piper places a personal ad for her. Meanwhile the film follows the life of Alan, a volunteer at a local aquarium who dreams of becoming a marine biologist. Will their paths cross? Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 August 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Last Train to Wonderland  »

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Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$123,055 (USA) (21 August 1998)


$3,386,698 (USA) (13 November 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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One of the last scenes in the film, with Andre on the airplane, was filmed several months after the initial completion of the film. The scene was added because test audiences reacted badly to Erin standing-up Andre at the end of the film. The intention of the scene was to show that Andre was not a nice guy (as he had been throughout the film) and remove any sympathy viewers had for him. The fact that this scene was filmed so much later also explains why Andre's hair is significantly different in that scene than in the rest of the film. See more »


In the scene where Julie meets Alan in the restaurant, when she sits down, she immediately uses a napkin to dispose of her gum. A few moments later, we see her getting rid of her gum a second time. See more »


Andre de Silva: You like my country's music, right? I can tell there is a little bit of Brazil in you.
Erin Castleton: Oh yeah?
Andre de Silva: See, you are sad and happy. You don't smile but you are content. You are sad and happy at the same time. In Brazil we have a term for that - it's 'Saudade'. It's like ... melancholic, nostalgic; it's very Bossanova.
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Next Stop Wonderland
11 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is exactly how romance was meant to be portrayed on film. Love leaves you vulnerable, completely exposed, mad, and yet it is all worth the road where it takes us. This movie shows you that road for two people, and paints it so beautifully. It has been a long time that I have laughed at moments so familiar. This movie takes us places we've all been, or where we are right now. I am so angry at my friends for never telling me about this movie. I found it on the IFC channel today 5/11/05. This movie ranks in my book up there for romance movies w/Say Anything, Frankie and Johnny, and A Little Bit of Romance. Watch this film, it'll enlighten you and make you smile. Now who doesn't want to smile?

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