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)


    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).


    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.


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


    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.


    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.


    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).


    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.


    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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