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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.

Director:

Brad Anderson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hope Davis ... Erin Castleton
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Sean
Callie Thorne ... Cricket
Ken Cheeseman ... Rick
Pamela Hart Pamela Hart ... Berit
Diane Beckett Diane Beckett ... Seana
Jeremy Geidt Jeremy Geidt ... Bookseller
Alan Gelfant Alan Gelfant ... Alan Monteiro
Dave Gilloran Dave Gilloran ... Aquarium Volunteer
Luz Alexandra Ramos Luz Alexandra Ramos ... Thalia (as Luz Alexandra)
Emma Shaw Emma Shaw ... Bailey
Kemp Harris Kemp Harris ... Ben
Neil Gustafson Neil Gustafson ... Yuri Spinov
Holland Taylor ... Piper Castleton
E. Katherine Kerr ... Candice (as Katherine Kerr)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Being alone is fine. Being alone together is perfect. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Bac Films [France] (French)

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Last Train to Wonderland See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$123,055, 23 August 1998

Gross USA:

$3,395,581

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,395,581
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the last scenes in the film, with Andre on the airplane, was filmed several months after the initial completion of the film. The scene was added because test audiences reacted badly to Erin standing-up Andre at the end of the film. The intention of the scene was to show that Andre was not a nice guy (as he had been throughout the film) and remove any sympathy viewers had for him. The fact that this scene was filmed so much later also explains why Andre's hair is significantly different in that scene than in the rest of the film. See more »

Goofs

The level of wine in Erin's glass, when she is dining with the Brazilian. See more »

Quotes

Andre de Silva: You like my country's music, right? I can tell there is a little bit of Brazil in you.
Erin Castleton: Oh yeah?
Andre de Silva: See, you are sad and happy. You don't smile but you are content. You are sad and happy at the same time. In Brazil we have a term for that - it's 'Saudade'. It's like ... melancholic, nostalgic; it's very Bossanova.
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The Therapist
Performed by Claudio Ragazzi and Arto Lindsay
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Hip, wistful, and devilishly delightful
20 December 2002 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Next Stop Wonderland" is a fresh, fun, smart, and sassy romantic comedy which sticks Davis out in front as a typically jaded revolving door dating single who is on a collision course with Mr. Right (Gelfant). There's not an ounce of fat on this lean little indie which is imbued with a sense of destiny, the sound of Brazil, and scene to scene unpredictability with periodic poignant pauses and brief philosophical passages all seeming unique to Anderson's auteursmanship. Intelligent and hip fun for romcom junkies. (B)


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