Next Stop Wonderland

Next Stop Wonderland

Streaming Video - 1998
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The story of two people destined to be together and the hilarious chain of accidents that keep them apart! Erin thinks her love life has hit rock bottom|until her mom places a personal ad for her in the newspaper! As she endures a hilarious series of disastrous dates, a lonely ex-plumber named Alan clumsily searches for his dream job... narrowly missing one chance meeting with Erin after another!

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dihuda
Jun 15, 2017

My all time favorite filmed in Boston movie. The acting, the music, the set up - all perfect. I love the way the plot moves along, circling and twisting until the very end of the film. some wonderful cameos by actors who have become more famous since its filming. Although this movie is older than my children, it is truly timeless, and we all find something to enjoy with each viewing.

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Nov 13, 2014

Let's face it. Romantic comedies usually fall prey to hackneyed formulas and tired cliches as easily as the next standard genre. Even so, occasionally someone punches through with a film worth remembering.

"Next Stop, Wonderland" is a delightful, low-key indie rom-com starring Hope Davis at her indie peak and a just-discovered (in "Boogie Nights" and "Hard Eight") Philip Seymour Hoffman in a supporting role, directed by Brad Anderson (who went on to do "Happy Accidents" next and then on to action films).

At the time it was a fresh take to have a woman as the main character navigating the "dating scene" with cynicism as a constant companion. She's smart, but, thankfully, not desperate.

The plot is mostly character-driven and with a certain degree of serendipity which plays with the notions of fate and pre-determination for comic effect.

What sets this film apart is the iconic Boston localities as well as dialogue well above-average for what passes as modern Hollywood fare.

Besides comedian Robert Klein who goes against type playing a mobster with his fingers in the local plumbing industry and the always elegant Holland Taylor (and, I think, the director's aunt?), most of the cast were little known -- but acquit themselves well under Anderson's direction.

Being a serious soundtrack music aficionado, the bossa nova and Brazilian score sent me into a deep dig of this genre of music, it was that good. It immensely helped to lighten the mood on a topic teetering on the darker side of things. A perfect counterweight to the action on the screen.

A perfect date (night) film.

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BlueMoonGirl
Dec 16, 2012

Fun, quirky little film on dating and meeting "the one". Really enjoyed this.

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