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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 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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'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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Life is an occasion. Rise to it.

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Comedy | Drama

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

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Inspired by the success of Veronica Mars (2014)'s ability to raise funds by using the website Kickstarter, Zach Braff gave people the opportunity to invest in this movie using the website as well. He was looking to raise $2 million. Depending on the donation, people could get a video diary of the making of the movie, tickets to screenings, and for the highest level of $10,000, a credited part in the movie. The drive started on April 24, 2013 and lasted a month. Over $3 million was raised and 46,520 people contributed. 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

Sarah Bloom: You know, I don't think I ever told you this but, when I lost my sister you were the most helpful person to me.
Gabe: Really? I mean, I'm glad if I was. i don't even remember what I said.
Sarah Bloom: You said, "Nothing in life will call upon us to be more courageous than facing the fact that it ends. But on the other side of heartbreak is wisdom."
Gabe: I said that?
Sarah Bloom: Yeah.
Gabe: That was good advice.
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References Game of Thrones (2011) See more »

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Wish I Was Here
Written by Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin
Strings by Davide Rossi
Performed by Cat Power and Coldplay
Courtesy of Matador Records
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Another Winning Film From Zach Braff
21 July 2014 | by mjnicoski-59-517764See all my reviews

In my opinion, the critics have it all wrong with this film.

"Wish I Was Here" from director and writer Zach Braff ("Garden State") is another terrific film that deals with real life issues that most can relate to. Not only does Braff's direction capture Southern California and human emotion quite well, his screenplay is witty, smart and deep.

To top it off, Zach Braff's performance as a 35-year-old father, husband and struggling actor is terrific. He works well with his supporting cast including Kate Hudson, in her best performance in a long time, Mandy Patinkin, Joey King and Josh Gad.

If you are looking for a film about self discovery topped with comedy and deep human emotions, then give "Wish I Was Here" a try and ignore the critics. This may be one of my favorite films of the year.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 2014 (USA) See more »

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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:

$5,670,776
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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