Wish I Was Here

Reviewed for The Skinny:

How do you know when it’s time to stop chasing your dreams? In Zach Braff’s second film behind the camera, this dilemma is starting to weigh heavily on Aidan Bloom (Braff), an out-of-work actor who relies on his wife (Kate Hudson) to pay the bills. After learning that his father (Mandy Patinkin) is dying of cancer, Aidan begins to seriously re-evaluate his life, while financial problems force him to home-school the kids (Joey King, Pierce Gagnon) for the rest of the semester.

The biggest problem with Wish I Was Here is that it tries to do too much. Braff’s ambitions are admirable, and it’s great that he gives everyone their own arc, but there are so many themes and plot threads that the film suffers from a lack of focus. Still, the former Scrubs star produces some lovely moments, and while certain elements of the picture don’t work — such as the fantasy daydream sequences — the supporting cast are engaging throughout.