Focus Features has released a new Wish I Was Here trailer. Braff co-wrote, directed, and stars in the film as a struggling actor, father, and husband who is seeking purpose in life and trying to come to terms with the impending death of his father (Mandy Patinkin). This trailer seems pretty much in line with the mixed reviews the movie received when it was screened at Sundance (you can click here to read Adam’s review). There are funny moments, moments that look like they’re forcing emotions, and some unnecessarily quirky bits (Wigs! Space helmets!) thrown in for good measure.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Kate Hudson, Joey King, Josh Gad, Pierce Gagnon, Ashley Greene, Jim Parsons, and Donald Faison. Wish I Was Here opens in limited release on July 18th.
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Here’s the official synopsis for Wish I Was Here:
“Wish I Was Here” is the story of Aidan Bloom (played by me), a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially and Aidan passes his time by fantasizing about being the great futuristic Space-Knight he’d always dreamed he’d be as a little kid.
When his ailing father can no longer afford to pay for private school for his two kids (ages 5 and 12) and the only available public school is on its last legs, Aidan reluctantly agrees to attempt to home-school them.
The result is some funny chaos, until Aidan decides to scrap the traditional academic curriculum and come up with his own. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn’t find.