Ten years after Garden State, Zach Braff returns with his second feature, Wish I Was Here. It’s not a sequel, though fans will recognize thematic and musical similarities between the films, beginning with the Shins song that plays over the new film’s first trailer.
In the film, which co-stars Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, and Mandy Patinkin, Braff plays a struggling actor who relies on his conservative-Jewish father’s wealth to finance his children’s private-school education. When dad gets sick and has his own expensive medical bills, though, Braff decides to home-school the kids and keep alive his flagging career, while his wife works a full-time job. “How long is one allowed to hold onto one’s dream while you’re briefly here on Earth?” asks Braff, explaining the film. “And when do you have a shift and go, ‘Okay, I have a family now. I have to take care of my family.’ We thought that was a pretty universal story that a lot of people could relate to.”
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