The Wendell Baker Story (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  3 August 2005 (Belgium)
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Luke Wilson plays a good-hearted ex-con who gets a job in a retirement hotel. Three elderly residents help him win back his girlfriend as he lends them a hand in fighting hotel corruption.


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Near the Texas-Mexico border, Wendell Baker has a few things going for him: his genial nature and optimism and the love of Doreen. His troubles? He dances around telling her that he loves her, and his idea of work is illegal. He's arrested, imprisoned, and she puts him behind her when she realizes that even prison is just a good excuse for him to play football with the guys. When he is paroled, it's to a job in the "hotel industry" at a board and care home for seniors, where the head nurse is running a scam. Three of the residents respond to Wendell's good heart. Can they expose the scam and help Wendell win back Doreen? Written by <>

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Rated PG-13 for some crude and sexual humor and language | See all certifications »


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3 August 2005 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

A Wendell Baker balhé  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$48,120 (USA) (18 May 2007)


$127,144 (USA) (6 July 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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According to Luke Wilson, producers were able to raise money from investors by claiming that he was his brother Owen Wilson. See more »


Neil King: [Neil is spoofing Wendell Baker in front of McTeague] "Thank you very much for this job. It's my first job in the hotel buisness
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Written by Sleepy Brown (as Patrick Brown), Marqueze Etheridge, Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes (as Lisa Lopes),
Ray Murray (as Raymon Murray) and Rico Wade
Performed by Owen Wilson and Eddie Griffin
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Mixed up movie .........
30 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Wendell Baker Story" has a couple of giggles, but you would expect a lot more from a cast like this. Seymour Cassel and Harry Dean Stanton provide the most interesting characters, with their small parts. Kris Kristofferson is also quite good, but the Wilsons and Eva Mendes are totally unappealing. The movie really tries to accomplish way too much, and the chop shop editing is downright annoying. Is it a comedy, or a romance, or a drama? I give up and so will you, because in the end, it all adds up to very little. Skip this one and you won't be missing much, other than a pretty fair soundtrack. ............................................ MERK

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