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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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Romance is her destination. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,386,698, 15 November 1998
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Appeared on Entertainment Weekly's list of The 50 Best Movies You've Never Seen in the Jul 16, 2012 issue. See more »

Goofs

Erin's lipstick when she runs into Alan on the train. When she falls into his arms she has none on, then when she finally steps away from him, she has on lipstick. See more »

Quotes

Julie: You're such a pill.
Alan: What are you talking about? I'm not a pill. I like a good time as much as the next guy. I'm just... not the next guy.
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Referenced in The Insider (1999) See more »

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The Finale
Performed by Claudio Ragazzi, Arto Lindsay and Bebel Gilberto
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Boy almost doesn't meet girl
5 February 2005 | by helpless_dancerSee all my reviews

Spiffy little romance/comedy which didn't follow in the footsteps of most in this genre. Perfectly paced with nice doses of nifty dialogue, a plethora of all sorts of characters, and a pair of leading players who came off as real people with the same needs as all of us. The leading lady was torn between her need for a mate and her distaste for all the hubbub that such a search entails. The leading man didn't appear to need a mate as much as he needed to shuck his routine job in favor of the more interesting marine biologist. This, at times, paled in comparison to his money problems and having to deal with a shady character and his muscle bound crony lurking menacingly just behind. Good film, and you'll love that aquarium.


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