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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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$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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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 »


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Chick Flick With a Bite
3 February 2001 | by (Wash. DC) – See all my reviews

This is a very enjoyable movie. I must admit that I had my doubts at first, as it looked far too sugary for my taste. Poor marketing I guess. However, this is the first movie in years which I watched and then watched again the next day. Hope Davis' character, Erin, elicits many emotions -- the first of which is pity. Having been dumped by what is clearly the wrong man, we witness her attempt to re-enter the dating scene. She is immediately catapulted back into the world of losers, married men, and guys who are downright scary. She handles all of this with grace, but more than a hint of cynicism. You can often see the depression in her face, as she moves from one date to the next, always telling her friends that "there's no such thing as destiny." And yet, there is (as she discovers.)

Her character seems very much the essence of the modern young single person: She tells herself she is happy alone, but quietly yearns for the depth of true love. She is never rude, except when it's deserved, but she is never particularly friendly either. She inadvertantly wears the scars of years of dating on her sleeve. A very subtle and clever performance from the ethereal and under-appreciated Hope Davis. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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