'Wish I Was Here' is the story of Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He winds up trying to home school his two children when his father can no longer afford to pay for private education and the only available public school is on its last legs. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn't find. Written by
A dismal attempt at humor that lacked any substance and barely raised a chuckle from a full cinema.
The 'Wish I Was Here' storyline did have potential to be an interesting situational comedy but that's as far as it went. This film never made it to first base. The supposedly funny and overly contrived 'moments' were consistently met with total silence from our nearly full cinema. There were a few laughs here and there but these only touched the spot for a handful in the crowd. I'm sure most were 'Wishing I Was NOT Here' and weighing up when would be an appropriate place to make an early exit and get on with their lives! The film was hamstrung with poor overacting and a script that more or less demanded just that. Ironic because the lead character is an out-of-work actor struggling to impress in auditions. If you enjoy totally contrived and unrealistic scenarios, characters venting extreme, unwarranted reactions to loved ones around them, laced with crudity and heavily peppered with obscene language that's also out of place, then this is the movie for you! You'll also be treated to very skewed depictions of Jewish schooling, home schooling, and parent-child relationships.
I won't tell you how the movie develops from there and I can't tell you how it ends but I'm confident the main reason I was there was to pen this review to encourage you to do yourself a favor and give this film the FLICK!
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