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Director  Zach Braff
Initial DVD release  October 28, 2014 (USA)
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Language  English
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Drama
Screenplay  Zach Braff, Adam J. Braff
Country  United States
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Release date  January 18, 2014 (2014-01-18) (Sundance Film Festival) July 18, 2014 (2014-07-18) (United States)
Writer  Adam J. Braff, Zach Braff
Cast  Zach Braff (Aidan Bloom), Kate Hudson (Sarah Bloom), Joey King (Grace), Pierce Gagnon (Tucker), Donald Faison (Anthony), Mandy Patinkin (Saul Bloom)
Similar movies  Mulholland Drive, I Origins, Hateship Loveship, Waking Life, Dirty Wars, Obvious Child
Tagline  Life is an occasion. Rise to it.

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Wish I Was Here is a 2014 American comedy-drama film directed by Zach Braff and co-written with his brother Adam Braff. The film stars Zach Braff, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Kate Hudson, Joey King and Mandy Patinkin. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2014 and was given a limited release on July 18, 2014 by Focus Features.

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Plot

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Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff) is a 35-year-old father of two struggling to be an actor in L.A. while his wife, Sarah (Hudson) works a tedious data job. In order to send their kids, Tucker (Pierce Gagnon) and Grace (Joey King) to a good school, they rely on help from Aidan's father, Gabe (Mandy Patinkin), who insisted they go to an Orthodox Jewish day school.

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When Gabe reveals his cancer has come back, he tells Aidan that he's decided to put the rest of his money into a new stem cell treatment, meaning his grandchildren can no longer afford to attend their school. After the school refuses to provide any aid to the Blooms, Sarah suggests that Aidan homeschool his kids, and their adventure of self-discovery begins. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn't find.

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His brother Noah (Josh Gad) is a shut-in who can only be bribed to babysit for his brother and refuses to see his dying father, from whom he is estranged. Noah falls for his neighbor Janine (Ashley Greene) who is a furry costume maker, which gives him the idea to impress her by making a costume for Comic-Con.

Cast

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  • Zach Braff as Aidan Bloom
  • Kate Hudson as Sarah Bloom
  • Joey King as Grace Bloom
  • Pierce Gagnon as Tucker Bloom
  • Mandy Patinkin as Gabe Bloom
  • Josh Gad as Noah Bloom
  • Ashley Greene as Janine
  • Jim Parsons as Paul
  • Donald Faison as Anthony
  • Phill Lewis as Nerd
  • Leslie David Baker as Audition Actor #1
  • James Avery as Audition Actor #2
  • Mark Thudium as Terry
  • Bob Clendenin as Defense attorney
  • Michael Weston as Jerry
  • Alexander Chaplin as Rabbi Rosenberg
  • Bruce Nozick as Dr. Becker
  • Production

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    On April 24, 2013, director Zach Braff launched a Kickstarter campaign for his comedy film Wish I Was Here, aiming to make $2 million to boost the project, based on a script he co-wrote with his brother Adam J. Braff. Cinematographer Larry Sher was set as director of photography and producers Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher were set to produce the project. The campaign raised $2 million 3 days after the project was launched. On 15 May Worldview Entertainment stepped in to gap finance the project, which at that point had raised over $2.6 million. On May 24 the campaign ended, having raised $3,105,473 from 46,520 people.

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    At the film's New York premiere, actress Joey King stated that she donated money to the film on Kickstarter before she was even attached as a cast member.

    Casting

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    At the time the Kickstarter was launched, Zach Braff and Jim Parsons had already been cast. Braff played Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, husband and father trying to find his purpose. On May 14, 2013, Mandy Patinkin joined the cast, playing Gabe Bloom, Aidan's father. Josh Gad also joined the cast to play the role of Aidan's brother. On May 15, Anna Kendrick signed on to play Janine, a young woman who is into Cosplay. Kate Hudson joined on May 20 to play Sarah Bloom, Aidan's wife. Joey King was set to play Grace Bloom, the 12-year-old daughter of Aidan and Sarah Bloom, on July 2, 2013. Pierce Gagnon was added to the cast on July 9, to play Tucker Bloom, son of Aidan and Sarah. On July 17, it was announced that Ashley Greene would replace Anna Kendrick as Janine.

    Filming

    Principal photography took 25 days, beginning on August 5, 2013 in Los Angeles and ending on September 6, 2013.

    Release

    The film's first trailer was released on April 9, 2014.

    The film had its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in January 2014, 10 years after the premiere of Braff's directorial debut Garden State. Focus Features bought the distribution rights for $2.75 million.

    After its opening at Sundance, it was announced that the film would open on July 18, 2014, exclusively in New York and Los Angeles. The release ended up a bit wider, playing in 68 theaters during its opening weekend. The release then expanded on July 25.

    Critical reception

    Wish I Was Here received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 44%, based on 117 reviews, with the site's consensus reading: "There's no denying Wish I Was Here is heartfelt, but it covers narrative ground that's already been well trod – particularly by director Zach Braff's previous features." On Metacritic the film has a score of 43 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

    Soundtrack

    The soundtrack for the film includes an original song by The Shins, an original song by Bon Iver, and an original title track by Coldplay, recorded with Cat Power.

    1. "So Now What" by The Shins
    2. "Broke Window" by Gary Jules
    3. "The Mute" by Radical Face
    4. "Cherry Wine" (Live) by Hozier
    5. "Holocene" by Bon Iver
    6. "The Shining" by Badly Drawn Boy
    7. "Mexico" by Jump Little Children
    8. "Wish I Was Here" by Cat Power and Coldplay
    9. "Wait It Out" by Allie Moss
    10. "The Obvious Child" by Paul Simon
    11. "Breathe In" by Japanese Wallpaper featuring Wafia
    12. "Heavenly Father" by Bon Iver
    13. "Raven's Song" by Aaron Embry
    14. "Mend" by The Weepies
    15. "No One to Let You Down" by The Head and the Heart

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    References

    Wish I Was Here Wikipedia
    Wish I Was Here IMDb Wish I Was Here themoviedb.org


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