Next Stop Wonderland

Next Stop Wonderland

Director: Brad Anderson

Cast: Brad Anderson, Hope Davis, Alan Gelfant, Victor Argo

     
 

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An independent romantic comedy, Next Stop, Wonderland (1998) made headlines at the Sundance Film Festival when it became the object of a bidding war, ultimately won by Miramax Pictures to the tune of $6 million. Hope Davis stars as Erin Castleton, a night-shift nurse who's cruelly dumped by her boyfriend Sean (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a political activist. When

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An independent romantic comedy, Next Stop, Wonderland (1998) made headlines at the Sundance Film Festival when it became the object of a bidding war, ultimately won by Miramax Pictures to the tune of $6 million. Hope Davis stars as Erin Castleton, a night-shift nurse who's cruelly dumped by her boyfriend Sean (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a political activist. When her mother Piper (Holland Taylor) places a wildly inaccurate personals ad in the local paper, Erin is at first enraged, but then becomes curious. After she dates a variety of men who are all wrong for her, she meets Andre (Jose Zuniga), a handsome Brazilian music expert who invites her to Sao Paulo. Although Erin likes Andre, her Mr. Right is actually Alan Monteiro (Alan Gelfant), a plumber she's never met, though the two keep crossing paths. Trying to break out of his working class existence, Alan is studying marine biology but is indebted to a local mob boss, who wants him to kidnap a star blowfish from the local aquarium. Actress Taylor, the real-life aunt of co-writer, editor and director Brad Anderson, also appeared in his next film, Happy Accidents (1999).

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Pete Segall
Brad Anderson's Next Stop Wonderland is an incredibly tender, likeable romantic comedy -- with most of the emphasis on romance. Hope Davis is Erin, a night nurse and Harvard Med dropout who is dumped by her Marxist schlump of a boyfriend (Philip Seymour Hoffman, in pre-"Indie It Boy" form) and has a slightly overstated personal ad taken out on her behalf by her well-meaning but meddling mother (Holland Taylor). In the avalanche of would-be suitors that follows, Erin meets a broke, good-natured plumber (Alan Gelfant) studying to be a marine biologist, and the two embark on a leisurely will-they-or-won't-they collision course. Anderson and Lyn Vaus's script is low-key and talky, but their collective ear for dialogue is dead-on. Nothing stilted here. But the best thing about Next Stop Wonderland is Hope Davis, beautiful in a reserved way, quietly charming, and very smart: the sort of girl well-worth making a movie about.
All Movie Guide
In a time-worn formula, Next Stop Wonderland thrusts its two sympathetic characters into the same hellish dating world, forever one step away from meeting each other, until destiny finally gives them a break. While this structure grows cloying in some films, such as 1997's 'Til There Was You, here it's redeemed by an indie talkiness that makes the whole outing more cerebral than a typical romantic comedy might. But it's still light on its feet, due both to the naturalistic writing and the influence of the two charming leads, Hope Davis and Alan Gelfant. Their earnest goodness is actually fun to watch, and it underscores the shallowness of the other specimens in the dating pool, only slightly caricatured for effect. There's some good screwball humor here, too -- a lot of the minimal drama surrounds whether Gelfant's goodhearted marine biologist should whack a fish. Director Brad Anderson brings Boston, where the film was shot, to vivid life, setting several scenes in haunts that are popular with real Boston twentysomethings. The film's title comes from a station on the blue line of Boston's subway system, otherwise known as "the T."

Product Details

Release Date:
01/10/2012
UPC:
0096009778897
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax Echo Bridge
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:36:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hope Davis Erin Castleton
Alan Gelfant Alan Monteiro
Victor Argo Frank
Jon Benjamin Eric
Cara Buono Julie
Lawrence Gilliard Brett
Philip Seymour Hoffman Sean
Jason Lewis Rory
Roger Rees Ray Thornback
Sam Seder Kevin Monteiro
Robert Stanton Robert
Holland Taylor Piper Castleton
Calliope Thorne Cricket
Jimmy Tingle Lowrey The Bartender
Lyn Vaus Daryl
José Zuñiga Andre De Silva
Robert Klein Arty Lesser

Technical Credits
Brad Anderson Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Laura Bernieri Co-producer
Uta Briesewitz Cinematographer
Chad Detweiller Production Designer
Rachel Horovitz Co-producer
Ari Newman Associate Producer
Claudio Ragazzi Score Composer
Mitchell B. Robbins Producer
Michael Ross Asst. Director
Lyn Vaus Screenwriter

Scene Index

Chapter Selections
0. Chapter Selections
1. Opening Credits/Breaking Up [3:13]
2. Halloween Party [2:21]
3. "Gracious Solitude" [4:45]
4. Lunch With Mom [4:06]
5. Aquarium Dedication [5:59]
6. "Eliminate The Fish" [2:36]
7. The Ad [4:16]
8. Fate [8:08]
9. Personals [4:12]
10. "Your Father's Tool Kit" [1:28]
11. Bad Dates [5:42]
12. Meeting By Phone [3:12]
13. Stealing Puff [4:21]
14. Double-Crossed [5:34]
15. "Not A Date" [2:02]
16. "A Really Weak Selection" [5:16]
17. "Let's Make A Toast" [2:33]
18. The Wrong Kiss [4:58]
19. "Don't Ever Change" [5:12]
20. Alan Off The Hook [4:37]
21. Next Stop Wonderland [4:49]
22. At The Beach [2:15]
23. End Credits [4:00]

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