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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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

Though the film cost a mere $1 million to make, it was purchased by Miramax for a staggering $6 million after a bidding war broke out amongst studios at the Sundance Film Festival. See more »

Goofs

When Julie meets Alan in the restaurant, when she sits down, she immediately uses a napkin to dispose of her gum. A few moments later, she gets rid of her gum a second time. 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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Connections

Referenced in The Insider (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

O Beijo (The Kiss)
Written and performed by Claudio Ragazzi
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Great Views of Boston, my Home Town!!!
30 November 1999 | by alicecbrSee all my reviews

Take a tour through some gorgeous Boston sights, even some kinda grubby under the (soon-to-be-erased by the Big Dig) elevated streets. I loved the Puffer-fish in our wonderful New England aquarium. And is this Gelfant guy sexy-----whoah!!! The sight of him and the flirty student he's mentoring eating each other up on the whale-watching boat was OUTSTANDING!! With all his obvious knowledge of the girl's crush and her wiley ways, he STILL gives into the animal chemistry in a surprising rush. I am SO tired of obviously phony kisses onscreen that this one caught me off-guard.

If you've ever done a dating ad thing, you'll empathize with the heroine's disgust at the pitiful and revolting lines of the many 'candidates' she meets. When one lowers his pseudo-intellectual facade long enough for you to see the human being behind, you want to scream, "Why didn't you show THIS part of yourself to her before you lost the chance?" Of course, the 3-way bet by the scum bums ends well as they get their just desserts. The well-meaning but meddling mother behind it all who placed the ad is well-written and well-played.

It's enough to watch the superb photography to buy this movie, but the many boy-girl angles portrayed also make it worthwhile. It could have been entitled, "What Not to Do on a First Date". I own it and am looking forward to giving it to my unmarried son as a tutorial. I also lend it out to people I want to lure to Boston.


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