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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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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Though the film cost a mere $1 million to make, it was purchased by Miramax for a staggering $6 million after a bidding war broke out amongst studios at the Sundance Film Festival. See more »


The level of wine in Erin's glass, when she is dining with the Brazilian. See more »


Cricket: Don't you just hate men?
Erin Castleton: Oh God, I wish I did. That would make my life so much easier.
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The Finale
Performed by Claudio Ragazzi, Arto Lindsay and Bebel Gilberto
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11 December 2000 | by (Paris) – See all my reviews

Unlike most romantic comedies that get distributed, Next Stop Wonderland is neither star-peopled nor entirely plot-driven. Although the film was marketed as another Nora Ephron knockoff, it is very different from the slick, syrupy Meg Ryan vehicles viewers were led to believe it would resemble. Brad Anderson's beautiful, shimmering treatment of light, and his pleasingly idiosyncratic manner of filming the Boston urban landscape (and the lovely Hope Davis), well serve the sympathetic honesty with which he treats the search for love in the modern American city. A magnificent film.

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