Wish I Was Here

Wish I Was Here


Life is an occasion, rise to it.

Zach Braff directs, co-scripts and leads this Kickstarter-funded comedy drama about fatherhood, following up his 2004 feature filmmaking debut Garden State. Caught at a crossroads, a struggling mid-30s actor looks to realign his career, clean up his life and focus on his family. Co-stars Kate Hudson, Josh Gad (Jobs) and Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory).

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A decade on from his fairly beloved filmmaking debut Garden State, Zach Braff’s second effort is a tricky one to value. It’s a dramedy that mixes some often misplaced drama with some often misjudged comedy. But within this trove of mild faults are a small number of successful platitudes about ageing, penance, and (hold your breath) faith that check enough cerebral boxes to make the experience worth a watch – at home, at least.... More

Most of the laughs the film tries to get either fizzle without notice or feel too goofy for a film that bases its morals so deeply in reality. For every chuckle-worthy Game of Throne post-coitus role-play scene, there’s one out-of-place sex scene with comic con cos-players, two tired references to cats “on the YouTubes”, and a signature ‘weird’ kid that would feel more at place in an Adam Sandler film. A little subtlety could have gone a long way for the humour at play.

The things Braff manages to achieve, though, help wade through the lake of flat gags. The rapport his character Aidan has with his family feels genuine, going a long way to sell their collective anguish centred on his cancer-ridden father. Even if some story tangents conclude to no effect (the sci-fi fantasy sequences are too sparse to hold a point), the main thematic thread – that kindness can be its own universe worthy of your belief – is delivered rather well, putting the film above the sum of its creaky parts.Hide

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BY Sulian superstar

I was wanting to see this because of the 'Garden State' film that this director/actor made and I enjoyed so much I saw it twice. But this film was not funny in the way as to make you laugh it made me roll my eyes and get bored. It was too much self indulgence and I liked to see Saul Berenson in a film but even he was not funny or good in this film. And I didn't think the lead actor would be married to Kate Hudson and there were too many very bad jewish jokes.

BY freshdude superstar

I admit it sounds a little bit naff on paper but it is a film, not a book, so I suggest you go and see for yourself the way Zach Braff delivers a movie that is both entertaining and thoughtful.
I thoroughly enjoyed Wish I Was Here. It has laughter and tenderness, it has realism and fantasy, it even has some touches of existentialism and definitely has a great cast and cinematography.

The Press Reviews

45% of critics recommend.
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  • You are aware of how carefully its elements - from fantasy sci-fi sequences to deathbed confessions - are measured out in teaspoons. Full Review

  • Braff is reaching for answers to really big questions, but they are, just slightly, beyond his grasp. Full Review

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