Wish I Was Here

July 18th, 2014


Wish I Was Here

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Aidan Bloom is a 35-year-old man who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 7.2/10 (1,046 voted)

Critic's Score: 39/100

Director: Zach Braff

Stars: Zach Braff, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon

'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.

Writers: Adam J. Braff, Zach Braff

Zach Braff - Aidan
Pierce Gagnon - Tucker
Kate Hudson - Sarah
Joey King - Grace
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
Allan Rich - Rabbi Twersky
Ashley Greene - Janine
Michael Weston - Jerry


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Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 31 July 2014

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $6,000,000 (estimated)

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User Review


Rating: 8/10

Viewed at Kickstarter pre-screening in Toronto:

Although sometimes dragged down by the sheer weight of it all, Zach Braff's "Wish I Was Here" is a massively heartwarming, enjoyable, and refreshing tale of love and loss which is sure to tug at your heart at one point or another.

Even though it's been criticized for being "indie" or "hipster," the film features less of those "genres" clichés as Braff's previous film, "Garden State," or even some other films such as "(500) Days of Summer" and "Away We Go" - it feels much more "mainstream." It relies a bit more heavily on comedy than it does drama which makes it an easier film to just throw in and enjoy, but when the tense parts do come, they'll be sure to move you.

Including all of Braff's usual suspects such as Jim Parsons, Michael Weston, and Donald Faison, the film boasts incredible performances by both youngster Joey King and veteran Mandy Patinkin.


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