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Wish I Was Here (2014)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 25 July 2014 (USA)
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A struggling actor, father and husband finds himself at a major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his family and his career.


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Rabbi Twersky


'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 Anonymous

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Life is an occasion. Rise to it.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 July 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bárcsak itt lennék  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$484,401, 20 July 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,588,432, 7 September 2014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,483,299, 12 October 2014
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The pool Aiden and the kids talk their way into near the end of the movie is the same as the one in Zach and Donald's Christmas song 'Baby it's Cold'. Also is Zach Braff's actual home. See more »


When Aidan goes to the synagogue, the rabbi asks him why he's come to "temple". An Orthodox rabbi would use "shul" or synagogue. See more »


Grace Bloom: If I die, I'm going to be so pissed at you.
Aidan Bloom: We have a deal.
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References Game of Thrones (2011) See more »


Wish I Was Here
Written by Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin
Strings by Davide Rossi
Performed by Cat Power and Coldplay
Courtesy of Matador Records
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A dismal attempt at humor that lacked any substance and barely raised a chuckle from a full cinema.
15 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

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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