Wish I Was Here

2014 R 1h 46m Blu-ray / DVD

Wish I Was Here

2014 R 1h 46m Blu-ray / DVD
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With his acting career moribund, Aidan Bloom steers a new tack in life, taking over his children's education when private school becomes too costly. Finding much to learn as well as teach, Aidan develops his own unique curriculum for the kids.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Widescreen 2.40:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Wish I Was Here is an affecting (if uneven) dramedy about adults finally acting like adults when faced with illness and adversity. There are plenty of humorous bits, but the themes are heavy: mortality, dysfunctional parent-child relationships, forgiveness -- which makes it too intense for tweens and younger teens. The parents here are definitely far from perfect. They swear in front of their kids (including "f--k"), and they don't always know what to do. One man smokes weed in his child's school parking lot. There's also some kissing/implied sex, but no nudity. Expect lots of brands on display, particularly Apple products.

Sexual Content

A tender scene between a married couple shows them making out in the laundry room and later lounging in bed, shoulders bared. Another couple, dressed in ComicCon costumes, is shown in a sexual position (no body parts visible).


A man sexually harasses a coworker with inappropriate conversations and doesn't stop when asked. He also punches another man in a supermarket. Family members argue, sometimes loudly.


Pretty colorful, with both adults and kids dropping "f--k" in their conversations (sometimes with each other). Also: "damn," "a--hole," and more.

Social Behavior

Forgiveness doesn't just benefit the person you forgive, but also the forgiver. Also, the ties that bind families may constrict, but they also embrace if you let them.


Everyone seems to have an iPhone or an Apple computer. An Aston Martin makes a prominent appearance, and Aidan drives a Ford minivan, with the logo clearly visible many times. Other brands name-dropped or seen include Jeep and ComicCon.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A man finds the remainders of a marijuana joint in his car and tries to smoke it, even though he's in his children's school parking lot. Some social drinking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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