“Wish I Was Here”

MOVIES 3 Star

Rated R
1 hour 45 minutes

Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The very talented Zach Braff is the darling of the Sundance Film Festival. He makes us laugh, he makes us cry by feeling sorry for himself in the biting comedy, “Wish I was Here”.

Braff’s been so browbeaten by his overbearing father for so long. Braff’s spent his life on a treadmill of resentment and rebellion. He tells his Rabbi that after his Bar Mitzvah, Braff told his father, that if the 13 year old was supposed to be a man, he wanted to have a Bacon double cheeseburger.

The wonderful Mandy Patinkin can take any emotional toll on any insecure off-spring.

In turn, Braff’s eccentric lifestyle challenges his kids and especially his wife, Kate Hudson.

She should thank Braff’s sensitive script for giving Hudson her finest role in years, because even a dysfunctional couple can have fond memories.

Braff’s determined to give his kids a more living upbringing than he’s convinced he ever received.

At this late date, his crusty, over critical father just won’t let up. The guys in the audience might start evaluating their relationships with their dads.

Let me tell you, Zach Braff’s writing, directing and performing truly captures the panic of a man suffering from a 30 something crisis.

“Wish I Was Here” will capture your attention with Its warmth, humor and understanding.

Don’t sell the movie short with anything less than 3 stars.

Tell your friends what they’re missing and they’ll be saying “Wish I Was Here”.

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