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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:

A new comedy for the incurable romantic in all of us. 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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Robbins Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title refers to a stop on the MBTA (Boston's public transit system, a.k.a. "The T"). The stop is at the Wonderland Greyhound Park racetrack, which is the last stop on the Blue Line. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Bookseller: [after Erin Castleton has dropped the book] : Don't close it. You should never close a book until you've read something from it.
Erin Castleton: What?
Bookseller: Well, just a sentence or a word. It can be very, very revealing. Just read something, anything. Well, read from the top, then.
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Referenced in The Insider (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Desafinado
Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Newton Mendonca
Performed by Antonio Carlos Jobim
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For true romantics only
18 March 2005 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Erin (Hope Davis) is recently single (her boyfriend moved out), a nurse and looking for Mr. Right. Alan (Alan Gelfant) works at the New England Aquarium, is a student and has no time for love. Naturally they're made for each other. We watch their separate lives all through the movie slowly intertwining them and drawing them to each other.

This is a very small independent film, shot in Boston and picked up by Miramax. If you know Boston and the surrounding cities some of this is amusing. Erin lives in a huge apartment in Beacon Hill--there's no way a nurse could afford that. Also she meets all her dates a bar called the Burren which is located two towns away in Somerville! But they did get Wonderland right--that's a station on the Blue Line subway where Alan lives near.

Those little goofs aside (actually they're pretty funny) this is a very nice, romantic film. A perfect date movie. It's got a very laid-back feeling that is absolutely charming. This is helped with a very soothing music score. But be warned--this movie is only for true romantics! If you look at it in a serious frame of mind you're gonna hate it. But if you're a romantic (like me) you'll love it! Davis gives a very nice low-key performance (but she could have lightened up a little); Gelfant is good also--and has beautiful eyes. Also well-directed by Brad Anderson. Not believable for a moment but boy--is it romantic! I recommend it. I give it an 8.


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