7.1/10
116,073
309 user 364 critic

Wild (2014)

Trailer
2:09 | Trailer
A chronicle of one woman's one thousand one hundred mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy.

Director:

Jean-Marc Vallée

Writers:

Nick Hornby (screenplay by), Cheryl Strayed (memoir "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail")
Reviews
Popularity
2,002 ( 173)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 67 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reese Witherspoon ... Cheryl
Laura Dern ... Bobbi
Thomas Sadoski ... Paul
Keene McRae ... Leif
Michiel Huisman ... Jonathan
W. Earl Brown ... Frank
Gaby Hoffmann ... Aimee
Kevin Rankin ... Greg
Brian Van Holt ... Ranger
Cliff De Young ... Ed
Mo McRae ... Jimmy Carter
Will Cuddy ... Josh
Leigh Parker ... Rick
Nick Eversman ... Richie
Ray Buckley ... Joe (as Ray Mist)
Learn more

More Like This 

Tracks I (2013)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young woman goes on a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog.

Director: John Curran
Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Lily Pearl
Walk the Line (2005)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.

Director: James Mangold
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin
Into the Wild (2007)
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

Director: Sean Penn
Stars: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Set in the 1930s, a former veterinary student takes a job in a travelling circus and falls in love with the ringmaster's wife.

Director: Francis Lawrence
Stars: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz
The Good Lie (2014)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A group of Sudanese refugees, given the chance to resettle in the U.S., arrive in Kansas City, Missouri, where their encounter with an employment agency counselor forever changes all of their lives.

Director: Philippe Falardeau
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany
Boyhood I (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.

Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon), a fashionable sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend. She decides to follow him to law school, while she is there, she figures out that there is more to her than just looks.

Director: Robert Luketic
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair
C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A young French-Canadian, growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, struggles to reconcile his emerging homosexuality with his father's conservative values and his own Catholic beliefs.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Stars: Michel Côté, Marc-André Grondin, Danielle Proulx
Hot Pursuit (2015)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

An uptight and by-the-book cop tries to protect the outgoing widow of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.

Director: Anne Fletcher
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara, Matthew Del Negro
The Way I (2010)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the "El camino de Santiago," and decides to take the pilgrimage himself.

Director: Emilio Estevez
Stars: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Deborah Kara Unger
Still Alice (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.

Directors: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Stars: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A lonely landscape architect falls for the spirit of the beautiful woman who used to live in his new apartment.

Director: Mark Waters
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Donal Logue
Edit

Storyline

With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthen, and ultimately heals her. Written by Spencer Higham

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity, drug use, and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jean-Marc Vallée covered all of the mirrors so Reese Witherspoon could not see herself during the shoot. See more »

Goofs

At one point, a calendar shows Friday, December 7. In 1995 that date was a Thursday. Recent years where Dec. 7 was a Friday were 1990, 2001, 2007, and 2012, none of which could have been when the movie took place. See more »

Quotes

Stacey: You get lonely?
Cheryl: Honestly? I'm lonelier in my real life than I am out here. I miss my friends, of course, but it's not as if I have anybody waiting for me at home. How about you?
[pause]
Cheryl: Why are you here?
Stacey: I don't know. I just need to find something in myself, you know? I think the trail was good for that. I mean, look.
[They look up at the sunset]
Stacey: This has the power to fill you up again, if you'll let it.
Cheryl: My mother used to say something that drove me nuts. There is a sunrise and a sunset every day and ...
[...]
See more »

Crazy Credits

There are photos of the real Cheryl Strayed on her actual walk shown during the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 24 December 2014 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
Written by Paul Simon, Jorge Milchberg & Daniel Alomía Robles
Performed by Simon & Garfunkel
Also Performed by Reese Witherspoon (uncredited)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
See more »

User Reviews

 
#Reese Witherspoon stripped bare & exposed on a journey to find a reason to live
14 January 2015 | by TheSquissSee all my reviews

When Cheryl Strayed's (Reese Witherspoon) life has a good go at crashing and burning, largely due to her own poor decisions, she packs a rucksack and takes a 1,000 mile walk along the Pacific Crest Trail to, as she puts it, "find out how to become the girl my mother loved." Alone and woefully ill prepared for the trek, both physically and emotionally, hers is a journey through an unforgiving landscape of discovery, pain and hope.

Adapted by Nick Hornby from Cheryl Strayed's own biographical account of her journey, Wild: From Lost to Found On the Pacific Crest Trail, and directed my Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club), Wild is the darker sibling of 2010's The Way. But whereas The Way was a gentle, almost spiritual journey of a man making a conscious decision to complete his son's failed trek, Wild is a desperate attempt by a floundering woman to claw back something resembling life and peace.

Though Reese Witherspoon won her Oscar for Walk the Line, I don't believe she has ever been better than here, stripped bare, exposed and raw. And, no, I'm not talking about the nudity or sex scenes. If you find those remotely titillating you have a serious issue with emotional connection. She has wiped off the make up, torn off the happy-go-lucky girl-next door persona that has carried her through countless rom-coms and hammered us with a performance that makes us want to shake her fiercely one moment and hug her the next.

Vallée has crafted a touching film that doesn't shy away from the harsh realities of heroin, promiscuity and a twitching finger that frequently hits the self-destruct button. But whilst Vallée implies the level of unpleasantness in in Cheryl's life, he avoids laboring the point, largely through the use of quickly edited flashbacks and segues from present to various pasts. It is a device that keeps us onside but is also the biggest failing with Wild.

There are too many hints that are not fully explained, too many avenues glanced at but not fully explored. Occasionally there are scenes, particularly the frogs on the seeping bag, that were presumably significant in Strayed's book but are left dangling so as to be almost irrelevant. Cheryl's relationship with her brother is left as an unexplored afterthought and there is altogether too much unfinished business. The conclusion, which should give hope or at least a sense of satisfaction, is rattled though and lost as if Vallée is anxious to attain a sub-two-hour film at all costs.

But despite the niggles, Wild is a film of starkness and beauty with vistas that are breathtaking and pander to the wanderlust that bubbles fiercely just below the surface of this particular viewer.

I need a copy of the soundtrack and I need to walk for a very long time.

For more reviews from The Squiss, subscribe to my blog and like the Facebook page.


15 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 309 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wild See more »

Filming Locations:

Ashland, Oregon, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$606,810, 7 December 2014

Gross USA:

$37,880,356

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,501,541
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed