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Wish I Was Here

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Director: Zach Braff

Screenwriters: Zach Braff, Adam Braff

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Description

Following his celebrated debut feature, Garden State, Zach Braff delivers a new postcard from the edge of existential crisis, this time playing a thirtysomething family man wrestling with a few minor hindrances—like his disapproving father, an elusive God, and yes, adult responsibility. Aidan Bloom is a pot-smoking actor whose last job, a dandruff commercial, was longer ago than he cares to admit. Pursuing his thespian dream has landed him and his wife in tough financial straits, so when his grumpy father can no longer pay for the kids to attend Jewish Yeshiva, Aidan opts for homeschooling. To the chagrin of his hyperdisciplined, religious daughter and the delight of his less-than-studious son, Aidan takes matters into his own imaginative hands, rather than sticking to the boring old traditional curriculum.

A consummate cast, including Mandy Patinkin, Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, and Braff himself, strikes just the right mix of absurdity and gravitas in this bittersweet comedy of family foibles, where growing up doesn’t have to mean sacrificing one’s passion.

— C.L.

Screening Details

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