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Wish I Was Here (2014)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 25 July 2014 (USA)
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A struggling actor, father and husband finds himself at a major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his family and his career.


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Rabbi Twersky


'Wish I Was Here' is the story of Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He winds up trying to home school his two children when his father can no longer afford to pay for private education and the only available public school is on its last legs. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn't find. Written by Anonymous

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Life is an occasion. Rise to it.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 July 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bárcsak itt lennék  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$484,401 (USA) (18 July 2014)


$3,588,432 (USA) (5 September 2014)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The poem Aidan (Zach Braff) has Grace (Joey King) recite while they are tearing down the wall is "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost. The poem talks about how nature tears down walls and only humanity builds them up again; the speaker clearly wants the wall to be removed. See more »


While accompanying his father in the hospital, there is carpet in the hallway while in hospitals carpet is avoided for ease of cleaning and not as easy to trip upon. See more »


Sarah Bloom: I'm glad to see you've kept your sense of humor.
Gabe: What else am I going to do? Eventually things get tragic enough and then they circle around to comedy.
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Referenced in On Cinema: 'Wish I Was Here' and 'Hercules' (2014) See more »


Wish I Was Here
Written by Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin
Strings by Davide Rossi
Performed by Cat Power and Coldplay
Courtesy of Matador Records
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Artificial Sweetener
14 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

This film, anticipated as a "sequel" to Garden State(it's not at all, stop calling it that) only shares some similar elements to it's predecessor yet doesn't really maintain any of the charm.

On a technical level, it's really well put together and amazing for being a Kickstarter project.

The biggest issue with this film is that they simply did not put enough effort into actually writing something that was coherent nor providing any artistic merit.

It's all style and virtually no substance which causes it to eventually lag throughout, what seemed to be, the second act. This style easily worked with Garden State given that it was a film about feeling aimless in life, however it doesn't work the second time around. There seems to be a lot of story lines that don't really go anywhere or provide anything to the main plot and the fantasy sequences serve NO purpose whatsoever. It's a lot like an artificial sweetener in that it tastes good at the beginning but ends up leaving a weird taste in your mouth.

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