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Total Crap: 1.89%

6 reviews, 17 user ratings

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Next Stop Wonderland
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by Chris Parry

"Such creatures don't come along very often. Truly unique."
4 stars

This *should* have been a boring, bland rom-com. It *should* have been the same old, same old. It should have been a chick flick or a date movie or, heck, any number of boring old cliched done-to-death themes... but it isn't. Instead, it's a damn fun, damn fine experience that would bust out of any pigeon-hole you tried to wedge it in.

Hope Davis, a hitherto unknown who now has more grade A gigs lined up than Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks put together, is Nurse Erin Castleton. She's a nice gal just out of a bad relationship (with the hilarious Phillip Seymour Hoffman of Boogie Nights fame) and somewhat disillusioned with the opposite sex. When her mother (Holland Taylor, better known as Tea Leoni's boss in The Naked Truth) puts her in a personals ad. Erin begrudgingly tests the blind-date waters only to find, after a barrage of mental cases, that a desperate male is somewhat less impressive than the usual variety.

One suburb over in Wonderland lives Alan (Alan Gelfant), a wanna-be marine biologist at the local Boston Aquarium. Alan's a decent guy who spends all day either studying, diving or fending off off the unwanted advances of the local campus slut.

On seemingly endless occasions Alan and Erin nearly meet, neeeeeearly meet, but not quite. Their destiny isn't to make things that easy, so they have to take the shite that cupid throws their way instead and live in hope that things will get better.

This entire production is shot pretty much in steadicam and/or close-up to give it all a documentary feel, and for a while that's interesting. In time it's downright annoying and you wish it would stop, but there's enough subtle comedy going on onscreen to get away with it.

A lot of the script was thrown away during filming and the director, Brad Anderson (who's only previous credit was the unreleased Darien's Gap, a '96 Sundance competitior), asked the actors to just adlib and run with it. The result is a film that has a very real feel to it and a lot of funny moments you wouldn't normally get from a rigid script.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable flick. That really should mean something from someone who can't stand most romantic comedies, but this film isn't your usual date-flick. If anything it's a date-flick for people who have no date to speak of. It's a single person's date-flick.

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User Comments

6/02/15 Anne Fun, nostalgic, could be great 4 stars
4/02/13 Timothy McKenna This is one of my favorite music tracks, the Bossa Nova is awesome. 5 stars
12/08/06 johnson Obnoxious males will not like it. Great humor. 4 stars
1/03/05 Chris Lawless Highly enjoyable, personal ad dating hilarious 5 stars
4/20/02 me it sucked - damn chick flick - and a shitty one at that 1 stars
9/28/01 Alison Riley Hmmm....My mum always told me not to swear!!! 2 stars
12/12/00 travis weir hope davis is a "real" beauty in a top film 4 stars
10/13/00 Tob1 a little bit predictable but thoroughly enjoyable off beat romance comedy 4 stars
4/05/00 Rebecca the best movie of 1998. It's intelligent, funny, and has a great soundtrack. 5 stars
10/17/98 Mr Showbiz An old-fashioned romantic comedy. 5 stars
9/17/98 T. Smith pretty decent film 4 stars
9/15/98 susan some of the best cigarette smoking footage i've seen 4 stars
9/14/98 David Willis Very subtle yet powerful film. Hope Davis shines both comedically and dramatically. 5 stars
9/08/98 Young Einstein A little too much dribble, and not enough spit. 2 stars
9/08/98 Michelle Lynn It was alright. I read that Hollywood changed the ending to conform to its formula. 3 stars
8/22/98 Mister Whoopee Stories been done before. Two folks in love who keep just missing each other. Blah. 3 stars
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  21-Aug-1998 (R)
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