Movie: Wish I Was Here
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars (Out of 5)
Review: When does one give up on their dreams in life? Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff) is 40ish, and still believes he will make it as an actor. This despite it has been months since he acted in a shampoo commercial, and it is up to his wife Sarah (Kate Hudson) to grind it out 9 to 5 working at a boring cubicle job at the utilities company. The kids, 14 year old Grace and 8 year old Tucker, are happy enough going to a private Jewish school. That is until Aidan’s father, Gabe (Mandy Patinkin), who had been footing the bills for the school, becomes seriously ill.
Now the delicate balance that had been holding the family together with some semblance of order is gone. With no money for school, Aidan is forced to attempt home schooling, which is clearly a mistake because he knows less than his daughter. Sarah is reaching the boiling point at work sharing a cubicle with a jerk who is constantly making sexually inappropriate comments. Aidan’s younger brother Noah (Josh Gad) is a social recluse who spends his days designing a costume to compete for a prize at the next Comic Con in Los Angeles. Noah has been estranged from his father for years, and Gabe’s fervent hope is that he can see Noah one last time.
Why go see this movie? Isn’t it a chick flick? Yes, but it has some real heart to it. For all the goofiness that Zach Braff brings to the role, he also has some adult emotions that are true to life. There are light moments that make you laugh, and serious ones that make you think about your own life experiences. Josh Gad (delightful in Frozen as Olaf the snowman) is excellent as the son who never really grew up. Nice cameo appearance by Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory fame.
Actors to Watch: Kate Hudson has a real screen moment in a scene with Mandy Patinkin.
Huh? What The….: What is up with all the dirt piled on the roof of the Bloom house?
Okay, Aidan is strapped for money and needs to loot the “Swear Jar”. But does he have to carry this gallon size glass jar all over LA? Can’t he just cram some cash in his pocket?
You haven’t lived until you see two Comic Con characters, in full costume, trying to consummate the sex act….
Dialogue Nuggets: “I didn’t think God would look like that.”
“The problem with living in a fish bowl is that everyone can see you.”
“We are going to Mr. Miyagi the shit out of that fence!”