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Next Stop Wonderland (1998)

 -  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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Erin Castleton
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Sean
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Cricket
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Rick
Pamela Hart ...
Berit
Diane Beckett ...
Seana
Jeremy Geidt ...
Bookseller
Alan Gelfant ...
Alan Monteiro
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Aquarium Volunteer
Luz Alexandra Ramos ...
Thalia (as Luz Alexandra)
Emma Shaw ...
Bailey
Kemp Harris ...
Ben
Neil Gustafson ...
Yuri Spinov
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Piper Castleton
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Candice (as Katherine Kerr)
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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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Love is the Destination. See more »

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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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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$3,386,698 (USA) (13 November 1998)
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The character of Erin is based on an actress Brad Anderson met while filming another project. See more »

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In the first scene, wherein Erin is being dumped by Sean, the cat in her arms keeps switching positions between shots. See more »

Quotes

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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A subtle, magical realism
27 April 2000 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I love this movie's realism, juxtaposed with a certain magic, i.e., fate, karma, destiny - and the question of whether these elements exist in real life. Here, the possibilities unfold and are played out as quietly, subtly and unexpectedly as they can and often do in real life.

What surprised me most is that when I was doubting whether our heroes (Alan and Erin) would get together at all, I realized that it was okay - disappointing, but okay - if they didn't; as long as they found happiness, that would be fate calling the shots. The movie as a whole puts a positive spin on being alone with yourself, on the importance of taking the time to find what you really want and need. Which is something we all need in life, but how often does Hollywood promote that philosophy?

All the actors were terrific, especially the two leads, Alan Gelfant and Hope Davis; they were people you might really know - quietly passionate in their pursuits, sometimes just struggling to get through the day. There's a lot of humor too: in the prickling, loving tension between Erin and her mom; in the bar-table philosophies spouted by various characters; and particularly the in blind-dating montage - I will attest to how true to life this is!

See this movie - heck, buy it. The more you watch it, the more you get out of it.


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