Registered Nurse Erin Castleton (Hope Davis) has just been dumped–for the last time–by her boyfriend, Sean (Philip Seymour Hoffman).
Entering the dating scene again is not easy so her mother, Piper (Holland Taylor), posts a Personal in the local newspaper. The ad does not describe Erin accurately but it is effective and Erin gets over 70 calls from potential suitors.
Meeting with several of the more promising callers, she quickly realizes that finding the right guy is going to be difficult. As she continues her life, she unknowingly crosses paths with the guy that she will eventually meet, a plumber studying to be a marine biologist and volunteering at the local aquarium, Alan (Alan Gelfant).
“Next Stop Wonderland” is a fun movie based in the Boston area. “Wonderland” is a train stop in the suburbs of Boston near Revere Beach (Oh, wait….I went there as a kid, how cool).
What I loved more than anything (being TechyMike.com) was the pre-technology aspects of the movie. Although filmed in 1998, the movie ignores the burgeoning Internet and home computers while showcasing: Old home-based telephones, answering machines with a tape, VCRs, VHS tapes, people smoking everywhere, and, best of all, Personal Ads in the local newspaper that actually has people reading it. No cellphones, no online dating, no social media, no texting or sexting….just the pure, simple, old-fashioned way to find a date. Ah, memories…..
“Next Stop Wonderland” is rated R so it is not good for the entire family, but, the adults will like it. Worth the rental cost and time.
Go to IMDb for more information. We watched this on Netflix. Thank you, Ryan!
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