Wish I Was Here


2013, 114 minutes, color, U.S.A.

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.

Director: Zach Braff

Screenwriters: Zach Braff, Adam Braff

Producers: Stacey Sher, Michael Shamberg, Zach Braff, Adam Braff

Executive Producers: Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Maria Cestone, Sarah E. Johnson, Hoyt David Morgan

Co-producers: Coco Francini, Ameet Shukla, Amanda Bowers, Adriana Randall

Cinematographer: Lawrence Sher

Editor: Myron Kerstein

Principal Cast: Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Joey King

About the Director

Zach Braff’s feature-film writing and directorial debut, Garden State, premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and earned him a WGA nomination for best original screenplay. The film also garnered an Independent Spirit Award for best first feature and won a Grammy Award for its soundtrack. Braff will make his Broadway debut in the world-premiere musical adaptation of Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway in the spring of 2014. Also he is horrible at summarizing his life into 75 words.


1/18/2014 11:15 am
The MARC, Park City
1/24/2014 9:30 pm
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, SLC
1/25/2014 3:30 pm
Eccles Theatre, Park City