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Wish I Was Here

A decade after writing and directing the indie favorite Garden State (2004), TV actor Zach Braff returns with his second feature, a huggy story about a failed actor (Braff) trying to get closure with his disappointed father (Mandy Patinkin) before the old man succumbs to cancer. The earlier, comedic scenes work a lot better than the later, dramatic ones, thanks mainly to Braff's wide-eyed, deadpan performance and good supporting work from Kate Hudson as the hero's frustrated wife and Josh Gad as his no-account brother. This often plays like a younger, hipper version of a Rob Reiner comedy, which isn't really a compliment unless you consider younger and hipper to be inherently complimentary; the movie was largely bankrolled by a Kickstarter campaign that collected more than $3 million, and the result is agreeable enough that none of the 46,520 contributors is likely to feel gypped.



  • Zach Braff


  • Zach Braff
  • Kate Hudson
  • Mandy Patinkin
  • Josh Gad
  • Joey King
  • Pierce Gagnon
  • Donald Faison
  • Ashley Greene
  • Jim Parsons
  • Michael Weston
  • Alexander Chaplin
  • Allan Rich
  • Cody Sullivan
  • Silvia Curiel
  • Nichole Galicia


  • Stacey Sher
  • Michael Shamberg
  • Zach Braff
  • Adam Braff
  • Christopher Woodrow
  • Molly Conners
  • Maria Cestone
  • Sarah Johnson
  • Hoyt Morgan

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