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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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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
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Thalia (as Luz Alexandra)
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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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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21 August 1998 (USA)  »

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Last Train to Wonderland  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

The title refers to a stop on the MBTA (Boston's public transit system, a.k.a. "The T"). The stop is at the Wonderland Greyhound Park racetrack, which is the last stop on the Blue Line. 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 »

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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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Mas Que Nada
Written by Jorge Ben Jor (as Jorge Ben)
Performed by Tamba Trio
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Blame It on the Bossa Nova...
2 December 2007 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

"Next Stop Wonderland" is a lovely, very underrated indie romantic comedy, co-written and directed by Brad Anderson ("Happy Accidents", "The Machinist"). The always wonderful Hope Davis stars as Erin, a nurse from Boston who's dumped by her boyfriend, Sean (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Her liberal mother (Holland Taylor) places a personal ad for her in the paper (without Erin's consent). Initially appalled by the idea, Erin's life starts to change when she decides to meet the guys who answer the ad.

"Next Stop Wonderland" gets away from stupid Hollywood clichés, and is romantic without being corny. Anderson's and Lyn Vaus's witty script has some amazing dialogue, and Hope Davis brings the right emotional depth/low-key humor to her character. This movie is similar to the recent "Broken English" (starring another indie goddess, Parker Posey), only better. Honduran actor José Zuniga plays a Brazilian guy (hopeless romantic or prick?), speaking a very mannered Portuguese (more like some kind of "portuñol", a mixture of Portuguese and Spanish) that doesn't beguile the most naïve Portuguese speaker - which is very annoying for native Brazilians, specially considering that there are so many talented Brazilian actors out there that would've fitted the part. Of course I'm not saying foreign people can't play someone of a different nationality, but when the actor can't pull a decent accent, that's a problem. Anyway, that's a minor flaw, and "Next Stop Wonderland" is definitely an adorable flick. The soundtrack, full of classic Brazilian bossas (a rarity in American movies) is a plus, and the perfect complement to the movie's bittersweet atmosphere. 8.5/10 in my books.


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