Thursday, July 17th
WISH I WAS HERE is the first movie directed by Zach Braff since his indie breakout hit Garden State. The original screenplay is by the director and his brother Adam. The new movie tells a funny, touching, universal story of what it means to be at a major crossroads as a parent, spouse, and child – all at once. Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff) and his wife Sarah (Academy Award nominee Kate Hudson) live in Los Angeles with their two children, Grace (Joey King of Fargo) and Tucker (Pierce Gagnon of Looper). Sarah supports the family with her public service job, while struggling actor Aidan auditions and escapes into fantasies about being the futuristic space knight of his childhood dreams. Gabe (Mandy Patinkin of Homeland), the widowed father to Aidan and bachelor Noah (Josh Gad of Frozen), has been paying for his grandchildren’s schooling but now no longer can. While Gabe musters considerable strength to battle his serious illness, Aidan eschews cultural traditions and embarks on a chaotic attempt to home-school Grace and Tucker. Away from his brother’s household, Noah tries to assert his creativity by crafting a distinctive costume to wow a comic-book convention and woo cosplay enthusiast Janine (Ashley Greene of Twilight). Aidan’s curriculum for Grace and Tucker leads to some surprising self-discoveries for everyone. Further reassessing his career, his family, and his faith, Aidan realizes that he and those closest to him can find fulfillment by exploring new chapters in their lives.