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Next Stop Wonderland (1998)

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
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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A new comedy for the incurable romantic in all of us. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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The "airport station" stop shown in the film is actually the Wood Island station on the Blue MBTA line. The actual Airport station is one stop before. See more »


The MBTA (subway) map at the beginning of the film is wrong. It also doesn't correspond to the subway route used in the movie. The conductor says the next stop inbound is Aquarium from Airport. The map says the next stop should be Maverick (which it is, in real life). See more »


Bookseller: [after Erin Castleton has dropped the book] : Don't close it. You should never close a book until you've read something from it.
Erin Castleton: What?
Bookseller: Well, just a sentence or a word. It can be very, very revealing. Just read something, anything. Well, read from the top, then.
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Great Date Movie
21 September 1998 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Just saw this last night, while on a "date"...and I'm glad that I listened to my friends who recommended it. This is a PERFECT date movie. Enough of a romantic comedy to put you in that oh-wouldn't-it-be-great-to-be-in-love mood, but unpredictable and un-corny enough to slip away from the usual Hollywood trappings. I won't ruin it for anyone, but the "linoleum moment" was priceless, and Hope Davis is terrific. I'm renting "The Daytrippers" this weekend.

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