After a pretty positive premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this year, Zach Braff’s directorial follow-up to Garden State is scheduled to hit theaters on July 25th. Wish I Was Here is a spiritual successor to Garden State following Braff’s Aidan, a thirty-something struggling actor attempting to balance his work life with his family life. When his kids are pulled out of their private school, he’s forced to take care of and teach them the ways of life while also finding a part of himself that’s been missing.
It’s typical indie fodder, especially for those familiar with Garden State and similar films. However, it does retain a bit of the “Zach Braff charm” that has been the actor’s staple since he made a name for himself during his run on Scrubs. It may not be as successful or garner the wide critical acclaim that Garden State did, but Wish I Was Here is definitely worth spending an evening at the theater for. It didn’t wow me at Sundance, but it definitely displayed Braff’s growth as both a writer and director. Third time’s the charm, right?
Again, Wish I Was Here will be in theaters on July 25th.