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

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Zach Braff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zach Braff ... Aidan Bloom
Pierce Gagnon ... Tucker Bloom
Kate Hudson ... Sarah Bloom
Joey King ... Grace Bloom
Alexander Chaplin ... Rabbi Rosenberg
Leslie David Baker ... Audition Actor #1
James Avery ... Audition Actor #2
Ato Essandoh ... Audition Actor #3
Jim Parsons ... Paul
Mark Thudium ... Terry
Mandy Patinkin ... Gabe
Josh Gad ... Noah Bloom
Allan Rich ... Rabbi Twersky
Ashley Greene ... Janine
Michael Weston ... Jerry
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Storyline

'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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Taglines:

Life is an occasion. Rise to it.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le rôle de ma vie See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$484,401, 20 July 2014

Gross USA:

$3,591,299

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,483,299
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When the rabbi gives Aidan funeral information, the pamphlet includes information on cremation and open caskets. An Orthodox Jewish burial would never offer these services. See more »

Quotes

Tucker Bloom: [Asking for the password to Aidan's iPad] Dad!
Aidan Bloom: I have no fucking idea!
Tucker Bloom: Swear jar!
Aidan Bloom: Fuck the swear jar.
Sarah Bloom: Aidan!
Aidan Bloom: I'm sorry but fuck the swear jar.
Tucker Bloom: That word means sex. You're gonna have sex with the swear jar?
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Connections

References Maury (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Heavenly Father
Music and Lyrics by Justin Vernon
Performed by Bon Iver
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Something Beautiful
13 July 2014 | by KuuzzzSee all my reviews

I was a backer of this movie on Kickstarter that got a online viewing. Zach Braff has created a beautiful movie, something realistic that many can relate to. I have no idea why people would give this such a low rating, even if it's not your cup of tea you can not deny the movie of what it deserves, it is a great film.

I laughed and I cried. Wish I Was Here touched me on such a emotional level mainly because I had to watch my Father die of cancer like so many people in this world have had to. And I could relate to the character Noah (Josh Gad) that played Zachs brother in the film.

The performances were great, especially by Mandy Patinkin who just BLEW me away. His acting class. The depth of each of the characters in this movie was amazing, and this is the reason why so many people should be able to relate to at least one of the characters.

I'm not much of a writer, nor am I a reviewer, in fact this is my first ever on IMDb, but I felt compelled to write about it to help give this movie the respect it deserves. So glad I invested in this movie and helped make it happen. If you are looking for something that will tug at your heart but also make you laugh, then go and see it if you get a chance, you won't regret it. Will be watching it again as soon as I can.


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