Wish I Was Here Saturday, 11 July 2020

Wish I Was Here

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    R (USA): Language and some sexual content.

  • The pitch:

    Tragedy circles back to comedy.

  • Starring:

    Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Pierce Gagnon, Joey King, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Michael Weston, Alexander Chaplin, Allan Rich

  • Directed by:

    Zach Braff

  • Running time:

    106 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are sexually harassed, punched, tied up (children), slammed into a wall. A child plays a violent (shooting) video game. Smashed object, shattered glass. Killing Arabs, hating Arabs/Jews, Al Qaeda mentioned. Getting beaten up/picked up at school, bomb scare at school mentioned. Arguing. Blood/gore: Bruising. Patient in hospital bed. Exposed brain (theatrical makeup).

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Sexual harassment (inappropriate banter). A couple have costumed sex. A couple lie beneath the sheets after (implied) sex. Masturbation, kissing, caressing. Nude male bum, nipples seen beneath clothing, shirtless man, cleavage, skimpy outfits, major camel toe. A man watches pornography. Posters of bikini-clad women.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer). Smoking. Buying weed, buying drugs at school, anti-depressants mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words. Name-calling. Slang and actual terms for genitals. Slang/references for bodily functions. Religious, gender, cultural, family stereotypes. Heavy religious references and exclamations. Racial references. Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES:

    Family, Judaism, home schooling, education, sexual harassment, acting, auditions, cancer, death, regret, brothers, parenting, social media, epiphanies, camping, Comic-Con, science fiction, teaching, unemployment, experimental treatments.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased father, job loss. Deceased mother, sister, buried cat mentioned. Hospital, church, funeral settings. Helicopter (audio only). Dog, tortoise, wolf (costume). Urination, vomiting, fart noises. Taxidermy bird. Brief Hebrew (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Sharp, funny, entertaining, offbeat, tear-jerking, charming, good, sincere, thoughtful, quirky, touching, spiritual, poignant, mature, sweet, jokey, fan-friendly. Impressive performance from Kate Hudson, convincing chemistry between leads, terrific cast, snappy/quick banter, good story, interesting characters.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Sitcom-y, exaggerated, stale, safe, pretentious, self-indulgent, incoherent, un-amusing. Cheap jokes/comedy, shallow melodrama, pointless digressions, spineless/charmless protagonist, mechanical writing, broad sentimental strokes, wonky plot.

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