Spotlight – Wish I Was Here (2014)

Every Sunday Film Review UK will put a ‘Spotlight‘ on a gem of both modern and classic cinema* that will make these short, dark and wintery Sunday nights a little more berable. Whether it be for the whole family, a couple snuggled up on the sofa with mugs of hot chocolate, or just yourself trying to forget the coming Monday – sit down, relax and put a ‘Winter Spotlight‘ movie on.

Wish I Was Here – Trailer

Hopefully you enjoyed last week’s Spotlight film, The Lucky Ones – this week’s film choice in Film Review UK‘s brand-new ‘Spotlight‘ series is the independent family drama Wish I Was Here (2014) written, directed by and starring Scrubs very own Zach Braff.

Co-starring Kate Hudson, Joey King, Jim Parsons and Homeland‘s Mandy Patinkin, Wish I Was Here is the story of Aidan Bloom (Braff), a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He winds up trying to home school his two children when his father can no longer afford to pay for private education and the only available public school is on its last legs. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn’t find.

Despite Zach Braff having somewhat of a rocky transition into the filmmaking side of Hollywood over the last several years, Wish I Was Here is a warm, funny and thought provoking story of family and the struggles we all face in life.