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Next Stop Wonderland
     

Next Stop Wonderland

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

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

 

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The fates have a hard time bringing a perfect couple together in this romantic comedy, which comes to DVD in a simple edition. Next Stop Wonderland has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; the

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The fates have a hard time bringing a perfect couple together in this romantic comedy, which comes to DVD in a simple edition. Next Stop Wonderland has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; the dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in English and Spanish. Trailers for other Miramax Home Entertainment releases have been included as a bonus.

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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.
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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:
05/09/2000
UPC:
0717951005472
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:36:00

Special Features

5.1 Surround; Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions

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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