Written by: Zach Braff & Adam Braff
Directed by: Zach Braff
Starring: Zach Braff, Mandy Patinkin, Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Joey King
My Rating: 6.0
Worth: 2 hours (I'd wait until Redbox/Netflix)
Clairometer: Erin Brockovich
Let me begin by stating that I loved Garden State. In my top 20 for sure. However, Wish I Was Here left much to be desired. It starts with the nondescript title. Wish who was where? That question was left unanswered. Next, the "spaceman" pretend game that Braff's main character references and visualizes constantly is just as confusing. Why does he keep talking about it to strangers? I pretended to be a mermaid while swimming in my neighbor's pool. I don't think this has a deeper meaning that I espouse as my religion as an adult.
I'd like to provide you with a synopsis of what the movie is about, but I cannot. It is a disjointed combination of inspirational moments and F bombs. Where Garden State is a colorful, beautifully sewn quilt, Wish I Was Here is a free fleece blanket you got in college with holes in it. So the proverbial question arises once again: why a 6.0 if it was so bad? It wasn't so bad. The children are entertaining and poke fun at their Jewish heritage. Some of the aforementioned inspirational moments are just that: quite inspirational. It also provides an interesting commentary on modern relationships and what it means to "provide for one's family." That being said, the color of the daughter's hair tends to be the most memorable thing three weeks later.