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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 crossroad, which forces him to examine his life, his family and his career.

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Rabbi Rosenberg
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'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.

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

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$3,588,432 (USA) (5 September 2014)
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Many of the actors in this movie are, like Zach Braff, best known for starring in a sitcom. Alexander Chaplin (Rabbi Rosenberg) played James on Spin City for four seasons; James Avery (Audition Actor #2) played "Uncle Phil" Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air; Jim Parsons (Paul), who had one of his first film roles in Braff's Garden State, became famous for playing Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory; and Donald Faison (Anthony) was Braff's costar on Scrubs. See more »

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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 »

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Aidan Bloom: [From opening] "When I was a kid my brother and I used to pretend we were heroes with swords. We were the only ones who could save the day. but perhaps we set the bar a little bit high. Maybe we were just regular people, the ones who get saved."
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Cherry Wine (Live)
Written by Andrew Hozier Byrne
Performed by Hozier
Courtesy of Rubyworks / Columbia Records By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A surprisingly deep and poignant movie with a lot of heart.
18 October 2014 | by (United Arab Emirates) – See all my reviews

Don't listen to the critics. Zach Braff's new movie is actually very good with a lot of heart and emotion to it. In some ways, it surpasses Braff's other movie Garden State. You can tell this is a movie that he wanted to make for a long time. Whilst Garden state was a more autobiographical movie, this is more of Braff making you go on an experience . It somewhat reminds me of Lost in translation. There's not really a plot of kinds but is like going on some sort of experience. It's really about the relationship between the character of Aidan Bloom (Braff) and his family and not much else. Also, like Lost in Translation it has many comic moments due to the comedic talent of its two main stars. Throw in some entertaining cameos from Braff's Scrubs co star Donald Faison and Jim Parsons and you have a well rounded movie. If there's one "indie" film you have to see this year, go see Wish I was here. By the end of it, you'll be glad you were there.


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