“Wish I Was Here” Movie Review

4.5 Watertowers ForCarol.com Movie Reviews College Scholarships(Amusing, Sad, Life, Death)

Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff) is a struggling actor pursing his dream.

wish i was here 1Money to support his family is always an issue, but, his wife Sarah (Kate Hudson) is working full-time at her “dream job”, while his kids, Grace (Joey King) and Tucker (Pierce Gagnon), attend a private school being paid for Aidan’s father Gabe (Mandy Patinkin).

Unfortunately, Gabe’s cancer returns forcing him to stop the private school payments so he can seek experimental treatments.

Aidan and Sarah have to make some tough life choices to keep the family together while also keeping Aidan’s acting dream alive. Ultimately they decide that Aidan will home-school Tucker and Grace as the family deals with the impending passing of Gabe.

“Wish I Was Here” is brilliant. An alternately funny, sad, thought-provoking, brainless, movie about………….life, death, growing-up, learning, loving.

The cast is superb. Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, and genius brother, Noah (Josh Gad), give Oscar level performances. Not for kids as the swear jar is filled with money (ie lots of f-words and other cursing). Minor roles by Jim Parsons and a few others from “The Office” and “Scrubs” give the movie an added dimension.

Bring tissue.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this on Xfinity.

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