Review: Wish I Was Here is very heartfelt

Zach Braff’s Kickstarter-funded Wish I Was Here is a very heartfelt comedy about a man that is trying to find his meaning in life.

The heartfelt film is directed by Zach Braff and co-written by with his brother, Adam Braff. Running at 106 minutes in length, the film stars Braff, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Kate Hudson, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon, and Mandy Patinkin.

Distributed by Focus Features, Braff directs his first film in a decade. Wish I Was Here is a comedy that tells the story of a thirtysomething actor who is at a major crossroads in his life. He is forced to examine, his life, career, and family in the process.

Aidan and Sarah Bloom (Braff, Hudson) decide to take their kids, Grace and Tucker (King, Gagnon), out of the private school when Gabe Bloom (Patinkin) is no longer able to pay their tuition due to his ill health. It’s his illness that pulls the family back together, including Aidan’s younger brother, Noah (Gad).

Wish I Was Here is the kind of original movie that I enjoy but because studios are so focused on what they can market in other countries, Braff turned to Kickstarter to finance the film. Don’t hold that against him. It’s a wonderful movie and your eyes will not be dry by the time that the credits roll at the end.