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Review: Wish I Was Here

Updated: Friday, July 25 2014, 03:33 PM CDT

Grade: B

By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic

Wish I Was Here is Zach Braff's sophomore effort and it has taken him 10 years to get here and it probably wouldn't have been made if it wasn't for the Kickstarter campaign. His brother, Adam, and he wrote it together, while Zach switched back and forth as the main star and the director. The title was taken from the old vacation postcards that said "wish you were here" and means that he wishes that he could just be in the moment and not dwell on the past and worry about the future.   

In Wish I Was Here, Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff) is happily married and continues to go after his dream of becoming an actor while his wife (Kate Hudson) is the breadwinner with her data entry job. When bills become overwhelming, Aidan takes their kids out of the expensive Jewish school and start home schooling them. Meanwhile, Aidan's father (Mandy Parinkin) is dying and he calls on his brother to make amends with their father before he passes. Aiden ends up learning a lot about life from his kids and from his family while stuck in this rut that he is in.

If you are a fan of Garden State, you will enjoy this movie. It's a slice of life kind of film that will get you thinking about what and who is important during your time here on earth. It has the same melancholic pacing that Garden State does, but the writing is smart and it does makes me believe in Zach Braff as an indie director. I just want to see something completely different next time!

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Ken's Movie Review Grading Scale

A - Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now

B - Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before it's out of the theaters; the story may drag in places

C - Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it

D - Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc.

F - Terrible and you will want to walk out of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoever   

Review: Wish I Was Here

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