Wish I Was Here | Film review – Fan-funded but self-indulgent: Zach Braff’s navel-gazing life lessons

Wish I Was Here - Joey King, Zach Braff, Pierce Gagnon

Wish I Was Here, former Scrubs star Zach Braff’s follow-up to the quirky, semi-autobiographical comedy Garden State, his 2004 directorial debut, sees him playing an unemployed actor (last job: a dandruff commercial) who is struggling to win the approval of his dying father (Homeland’s Mandy Patinkin) while attempting to home-school his two young children (Joey King, Pierce Gagnon). Naturally, he’s the one most in need of life lessons. Braff, who funded the movie via a Kickstarter campaign, clearly wants us to find his hapless hero’s travails funny and affecting. Instead, they come across as self-indulgent navel-gazing.


Certificate 15. Runtime 102 mins. Director Zach Braff.

Available on DVD & Blu-ray from Koch Media.


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