First Trailer for Zach Braff’s WISH I WAS HERE Starring Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, and Josh Gad

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Focus Features has released the teaser trailer for director Zach Braff’s comedic drama Wish I Was Here.  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).  I am in no way surprised that this trailer is set a song by The Shins (they provided two of the tracks on the Garden State soundtrack) and plays like a music video minus the musicians.  It’s a montage of clips from the movie, and based on the tone, it’s not going to change anyone’s mind about how much they want to see this flick.

Hit the jump to watch the Wish I Was Here trailer, and click here to read Adam’s review from Sundance.  The film also stars Kate Hudson, Joey King, Josh Gad, Pierce Gagnon, Ashley Greene, Jim Parsons, and Donald FaisonWish I Was Here opens in limited release on July 18th.

Trailer via Focus Features.

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.

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  • stephens

    The Shins have to be paying this guy or something

  • stephens

    The Shins have to be paying this guy or something

    • enderandrew

      He had a limited budget from the Kickstarter and he helped promote them heavily with his first film. They likely licensed songs to him on the cheap for this movie because of how much he helped them the first time around.

      • stephens

        That makes sense, I wasn’t complaining or anything I really like the song it was just interesting to have them as the featured musicians again

      • stephens

        That makes sense, I wasn’t complaining or anything I really like the song it was just interesting to have them as the featured musicians again

    • enderandrew

      He had a limited budget from the Kickstarter and he helped promote them heavily with his first film. They likely licensed songs to him on the cheap for this movie because of how much he helped them the first time around.

    • The Destroyer

      No, he’s just a fan. He played them on Scrubs and Garden State. He has said many times before that he picks the music for the show and his movie’s based on who he likes, and what he is listening to at the time.

  • stephens

    The Shins have to be paying this guy or something

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  • pwnednoob

    Looks great. Very cool teaser. I loved Garden State so I trust this will be good too. OH And having Turk and JD together again makes this a must see for me!

  • pwnednoob

    Looks great. Very cool teaser. I loved Garden State so I trust this will be good too. OH And having Turk and JD together again makes this a must see for me!

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  • JD

    So happy that Donald Faison is in it.

  • Tofer

    Uhh… Wish I WERE Here?

  • Erik Weiss

    Uh, didn’t he play a struggling actor in Garden State also? Way to stretch those acting muscles, Mr. Braff.

  • MJ

    Garden State was really underated. This guy is a hidden talent. What he shame he wasted so many years on that dumbass Scrubs show.

  • junierizzle

    I’ve been waiting for this. I almost donated to the KickStarter but didn’t. I have my reasons. It looks good and it will be interesting to see what a guy with total power can achieve. I’m sure he must have made a few compromises here or there but it should be his vision.

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