There is so much material in Wish I was here, that you feel you are watching a full season of a an American sitcom. And not a very good one. Director and co-screenwriter (with his brother Adam J. Braff) Zach Braff plays Aidan Bloom, an unemployed actor with a wife, Sarah (Kate Hudson), and two kids. Since Sarah is the one feeding the family, it has been up to Aidan’s cantankerous father, Saul (Mandy Patinkin), to pay the kids’ private Jewish education. One day Saul announces the he won’t be able to pay for school anymore, because he has cancer and needs the money for his treatments. This the start of a long lists of subplots piling one on top of the other, to the point that it becomes cacophony. And it has some of the worse lines I’ve heard in a while. The saving grace is the acting from Hudson, Patinkin, Joey King, who plays Aidan’s teenage daughter, and Josh Gad, who is Aidan’s brother and Saul’s estranged son. They bring the right emotion to the film, but they certainly need a better script.
Wish I was here