Wish I Was Here

Wish I Was Here

Wish I Was Here

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).

2014Rating: M, Coarse language and sex scenes106 minsUSA
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Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

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.

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Variety

Variety

Zach Braff tries - and fails - for a thirtysomething 'Garden State' redux...

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Total Film

Total Film

There’s an unevenness to the script but there are genuinely touching moments amid the slush.

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Time Out

Time Out

Some will find the director’s toothless brand of epiphany comforting (and download his mixtape), but the vast majority will find it tired.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

You are aware of how carefully its elements - from fantasy sci-fi sequences to deathbed confessions - are measured out in teaspoons.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A funny and emotionally satisfying tale of thirtysomethings trying to come to terms with life itself ... Feels like a Garden State for grown-ups.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

Braff's wholehearted embrace of weepie clichés clashes with the movie's more side-eyed and profane observations.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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

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