The trailer is simply overflowing with obligatory quirkiness and of course–The Shins. Or oozing.. Yes, oozing sounds much nastier.
Wish I Was Here, Zach Braff’s long awaited directorial since the hipster angst of 2004’s surprise hit, Garden State, is finally (almost) here.
The cast is undeniably strong with such big names as: Josh Gad (Frozen), Kate Hudson (Almost Famous), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), Donald Faison (Scrubs….duh), Ashley Greene (Twilight), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), there’s someone for everyone.
Here’s a synopsis of the film from IMDb. It is not what I would have exactly gathered from watching this trailer…
‘Wish I Was Here’ is the story of Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He winds up trying to home school his two children when his father can no longer afford to pay for private education and the only available public school is on its last legs. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn’t find.
So there you have it!
This film has gotten a lot of buzz, not simply for it being Braff’s first big project post-Scrubs, but because he chose to raise funds for the movie using the site kickstarter.com. Like Veronica Mars before it, the intent was to give fans the chance to invest in the film and be a part of its creation with their own contributions; “donations” of $10,000 or more would earn a particularly well-off fan a credited role in the film.
The goal was to raise $2 million, and in one week, from April 24-April 30, over $2.258 million had been raised.
While it is questionable for a wealthy guy like Braff to ask people for money, not for charity, but to fund his film about an actor–if fans want to do so, who am I to say that you’re foolish?
And when Kristen Bell did it, people didn’t seem to raise such a stink. Perhaps because she’s so cute? Did you see Frozen?
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Release date: July 25, 2014 (USA)