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Next Stop Wonderland

4.4 out of 5 stars 103 customer reviews

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The critically acclaimed romantic comedy of the year, NEXT STOP WONDERLAND is a lighthearted story about a man and a woman who seem destined to be together ... and the hilarious chain of accidents that seem determined to keep them apart! Dumped by her loser boyfriend (Philip Seymour Hoffman, COLD MOUNTAIN), Erin (Hope Davis, ARLINGTON ROAD) thinks that her love life has hit rock bottom. In reality, the all-time low comes when her overbearing mother (Holland Taylor, TV's THE PRACTICE) places an embarrassing ad for her in the "personals" section of a local newspaper! Erin's disgust turns to curiosity, however, when the calls start pouring in -- all 64 of them! As she searches for the right guy in a hilarious series of disastrous dates, a lonely ex-plumber named Alan (Alan Gelfant) clumsily searches for his dream job ... all the while narrowly missing one chance meeting with Erin after another! Filled with delightfully unexpected surprises, you're sure to love every minute of this smart and funny adventure into the wildly unpredictable world of dating!

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  • Actors: Hope Davis, Alan Gelfant, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Callie Thorne, Ken Cheeseman
  • Directors: Brad Anderson
  • Writers: Brad Anderson, Lyn Vaus
  • Producers: Ari Newman, Laura Bernieri, Mark Donadio, Mark Gill, Mitchell Robbins
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: May 9, 2000
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305803765
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,602 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Next Stop Wonderland" on IMDb

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Format: VHS Tape
This movie is an unexpected gem. I have just finished watching it for the 6th time, and I am still in awe of its subtle humour and the empathy with which it depicts all its characters.
The only thing I don't like about this video is its misleading cover. Hope Davis perches coyly atop a subway train, slit skirt revealing plenty of thigh and low-cut top framing lotsa cleavage. A strappy sandal dangles from one foot. But in fact, one of the myriad beauties of this film is that Erin (deftly played by Davis) is not a frisky, flirtatious kind of gal, and never appears in any outfit more revealing than a nubby turtleck and jeans. Erin is a sensitive soul who has been in pain ever since the death of her beloved father, and she masks her true nature with a prickly veneer. She wants to fall in love but fights it every step of the way.
The cover of the video implies yet another dumb, cutesie comedy with another giggly, adorable heroine (you know... the "You've got Mail" variety) But the movie inside is rich, delicate and highly intelligent. Don't let the packaging fool you.
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Format: VHS Tape
Do we really need another soppy romantic comedy about thirtysomethings in the big city? Watching NEXT STOP WONDERLAND, the answer is "Yes." As I prepared to be depressed beyond reason by two wonderful people ending up alone (and pleasantly disappointed), I ended up laughing unexpectedly at the humor cropping up in odd places. Alan Gelfant is charming and sympathetic in his hilarious aquarium-heist subplot. Philip Seymour Hoffman (as in every movie he's done) takes a character that could have been a bland stereotype and puts his own indelible stamp on it. H. Jon Benjamin (the slacker, layabout son Ben from the "Dr. Katz" show) is hilarious as one of Erin's loutish blind dates. Holland Taylor brings the frigid high-class sexiness of Judge Roberta Kittleson from "The Practice" and "Ally McBeal" to her role as Erin's mother. Roger Rees is hilarious and sleazy as the biology teacher. It's also refreshing that the movie takes place in Boston and not in New York (memories of YOU'VE GOT MAIL). The main attraction, of course, is Davis, who incarnates Erin better than most actresses could have dreamed of doing. Even though it's not in theatres anymore, this is an outstanding date movie (practically as good as FLIRTING).
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By A Customer on August 25, 1999
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This movie truly left its mark on me. It shows the tedium and courage it takes to sort through the frogs to get to the prince, and how important it is to be at peace with yourself in order to be able to be with someone else. Hope Davis and Alan Gelfant do such a wonderful job at showing how being alone does not necessarily mean being lonely. Roger Rees plays a small role but shines, as always. When you are feeling lonely and hopeless about love, this movie will renew your faith.
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Love this indie movie.

This review is solely in regard to the QUALITY of this newest (2011/2012) DVD release. As I own the previous release from the same studio and have compared them.

In comparison, this newest DVD is 1) four full minutes shorter than the other version, which my DVD player's graphics proved after checking both DVDs on it, and which also can be seen in the 92-minute running time printed on the package of this newest version vs. the 96 minutes printed on the package of the older version (I haven't checked WHERE the footage is missing, but it's definitely not in the opening or closing credits being expanded or reduced, but elsewhere).

2) This new DVD had 10 haphazardly started/ended "chapters" which start in really odd places--always in the middle of scenes! And on the disc's menu, believe it or not, they are listed merely as "Chapter One", "Chapter Two," etc., with NO other info-- no names for the scenes, no pictures . . . Whereas on the preferred older DVD release, the menu for the chapters is a very fancy one, in the form of a train line map, and with a name for each chapter and a photo for each chapter. FAR better than the new 2011/2012 DVD release. The older DVD's chapters also start and end in logical, proper places.

The film's print is identical on the old and the new DVDs, also it's the same aspect ratio: 1.85:1 and enhanced for 16:9 TVs. It's sad that no improvement was made to the picture quality, but to be fair, it was excellent on both old and new versions, despite a bit of tiny squigglies in the backgrounds of both if one pays close attention.

Even the older clamshell case is hard, whereas the new one's is soft, despite also being plastic.

Buy the OLDER version of this DVD release, which is better in ALL ways.
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Next Stop Wonderland is a charming romantic comedy from independent director, Brad Anderson. This is his most accessible work to date. While I can use the word 'slight' in describing it, I must quickly add that the same adjective describes most such movies. You Have Mail, My Best Friend's Wedding, The Wedding Singer and many other big budget affairs are all entertaining, diverting and funny. Earthshaking they are not.
An independent movie like this one doesn't have the budget for the gloss and glamor of its big sisters. I personally see this as a refreshing change of pace, because as much as I enjoy the Meg Ryans, Julia Roberts and Cameron Diazes of Tinseltown, I can't transfer their screen behavior to real life.
The sparkling yet down to earth Hope Davis plays Erin, who returns to her downtown Boston home one afternoon to find her activist boyfriend loading up his car. He's leaving her. She is devastated. Being a very intelligent young woman, she supposes that men aren't worth the trouble and that being alone has its rewards. Even as she arrives at these conclusions, her expressive face shows plenty of doubt.
Across town lives Alan [Alan Gelfant], an immensely likable guy in his mid-thirties, who has gone back to school to study marine biology. He's currently a plumber like his Dad, but has come to believe he can improve upon his working-class life. He is a volunteer at the Boston Aquarium. Water, in particular the sea, plays an important part in the movie. Fish do also. You might say that a blowfish named Puff is one of the movie's stars.
One day Erin's ditzy, wealthy mother places an ad in the personal section of a Boston newspaper. The problem with this is that it's about Erin.
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