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The Wendell Baker Story (2007)

Jacob Vargas , Will Ferrell , Andrew Wilson  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jacob Vargas, Will Ferrell, Kris Kristofferson, Eddie Griffin, Seymour Cassel
  • Directors: Andrew Wilson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S0SYI2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,880 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Wendell Baker (Luke Wilson) is a dreamer and schemer whose latest scam lands him in jail, alienating him from his longtime girlfriend (Eva Mendes). Eternally optimistic, Wendell makes the most of his time behind bars and vows to turn his life around. Upon release, he gets a job at a retirement hotel, where he befriends some of the elderly residents. Wendell's new friends advise him on how to win back his girlfriend, while he helps them battle the hotel's evil head nurse Neil King (Owen Wilson) and his right-hand man McTeague (Eddie Griffin).

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not a barn-burner but sweet and witty December 14, 2008

As played by Luke Wilson, Wendell Baker is the kind of character authors like to refer to as a "lovable rogue" - a smooth-talking scam artist with a tongue as nimble as the pen of a scribe (to borrow a phrase from scripture, if I may be so bold). The trouble is that a good-hearted guy can run afoul of the law for only so long before he risks losing the woman he loves (Eva Mendes) and before he is finally forced into taking a long, hard look at his life. Thus, once he's paroled from prison, Wendell decides to go straight by taking a job at a retirement home (he's been duped into believing that this is a first step on the road to a career in hotel management) run by a sadistic administrator (Owen Wilson) and his toadying staff. There's a little of the feel of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," as the con man leads the put-upon inmates of the "asylum" in a well-coordinated rebellion against their oppressors.

The chief attraction of "The Wendell Baker Story" is the opportunity it affords us of seeing the Wilson brothers appearing together in the same movie - and what a treat it turns out to be. Luke has written a script filled with the kind of dry, wry wit that has been the hallmark of both of their performances over the years, and their scenes together crackle with understated cynicism and humor (Luke co-directed the feature with yet another brother, Andrew, making this a family affair in the fullest sense of the term).
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! November 8, 2007
I thought this movie was very funny. If you like the Wilson Brothers' other movies, then you shouldn't be disappointed here. It's full of their usual oddball comedy, with surprising cameos and a great soundtrack. I hope Luke Wilson is not put off by those pedantic critics who don't get it. He and his brothers, along with their pal Wes Anderson, have a unique take on comedy that is fresh and highly entertaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See this movie! May 5, 2010
By Freya
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This movie is a kick! Really well done. Very quirky, very endearing. Good ensemble cast. Lots of laughs. If you like this one, then see Henry Poole was Here too - also very good. There is something very geniuine about both movies. Definitely my two favorite Luke Wilson movies. Hope there are more like these to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The film every Luke Wilson fan should own. April 10, 2010
This film is truly a great hidden gem of a movie. It was written by Luke Wilson, and co-directed by him, and his older brother Andrew Wilson (who starred in Whip It, another must see movie) Andrew really handled the directing, Luke worked with the actors. Speaking of which what a fantastic cast. Owen Wilson (yep the third talented Wilson brother.) plays a creepy dude to perfect comic affect. Eva Mendes shines as always, and the real joy in this film comes from the amazing performances of the supporting cast, Eddie Griffin, Seymour Cassel, Kris Kristofferson, and Harry Dean Stanton. The movie does sort of amble along. It's leisure pace is actually refreshing. This is the type of movie that while you watch you find yourself guessing where its going, though it never falls into any cliches of plot.It really is a very well written movie. Andrews direction is uneven at times. There are some great shots, and well done passages. While somehow it does seem to drag in places. Don't get me wrong this is nit-picky at best, because this film is a must own DVD for anyone who likes great movies. BTW speaking of great movies with Luke Wilson in it if you haven't seen "Henry Poole is Here" then order that one too!
I just recently saw the Wilson brothers first film the truly brilliant "Bottle Rocket" directed by Wes Anderson. That movie reminds me of Wendell Baker in that it also has a odd pace that sneaks up on you, and after you have watched it you realize that it was a masterpiece. Oh one last thing the Wendell Baker DVD has several great extras including a fun bit with Luke, Andrew, Seymour, and Harry. Sitting around talking, nice, and a great commentary as well!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once in awhile an enormous talent comes along. May 3, 2008
Once in awhile an enormouse talent comes along to reminds you that a little hard work can go along way. Luke Wilson and his brothers made this move happen. Andrew co-directed- **and every shot** Bril Really. The story is imaginative and funny. Really One of a kind. I came on Amazon just and saw the last review and felt the NEED to come and say--What 1 star are you CRAZY? 5 stars. AND no I didn't give this a good review because of anyone in it. I give it the Kelly 5 star stamp because From the 1st shot of Wendell in bed from his window I knew this movie was one of a kind--and it really is. Please buy this movie you will not be sorry! Thanks for taking the time out to read this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some funny moments but overall an opportunity missed November 8, 2007
By Bill
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Before this came out I wondered how a film featuring all three Wilson brothers could labor on the shelves so long. Now I know. The biggest problem is that Luke Wilson tried to write his own Dignan-type role, when that persona is perfectly suited for Owen. Luke tries hard, but it just never worked for me. I often wondered throughout the film how it would've fared if Owen played Wendell and Luke played Neil King. Of course Owen is still great as Neil King, the evil nurse, and he gives several great lines that Owen Wilson fans will quote for some time. The "goodnight" talk over the intercom is hysterical, as is his confrontation with Seymour Cassell in the men's room. The scenes with Owen and Will Ferrell are often very funny, and from the commentary track it sounds like most of their stuff was ad-libbed. They basically saved this film and made it watchable. The writing just isn't consistently strong. I wonder what Wes Anderson thought of this film. Hopefully it was a great learning experience for Luke and he'll create a better second film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Makes me laugh and love that it's set in Texas
This movie is one of my favorites. Makes me laugh and love that it's set in Texas. :)
Published 28 days ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
I enjoyed this movie very much! I would recommend it to anyone who are fan's of Luke and Own Wilson!
Published 9 months ago by Christophe Mclelland
1.0 out of 5 stars wendell baker story
wrong format, it is PAL so it would not play here in the united states. my fault, as I should have looked closer.
Published 10 months ago by Richard Vaught
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
Movie was in perfect condition and has good special features for Kris Kristofferson, Harry Dean Stanton and Seymour Cassel fans.
Published 23 months ago by jane wu
3.0 out of 5 stars The Wendell Baker Story
I admit I'm partial to the Wilson brothers. One of my all time favorite movies is Bottle Rocket. That has all three brothers in it. Read more
Published on April 4, 2012 by Annie J.
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic movie
Anything movie with both Owen and Luke Wilson is a must have. I found this movie on here after never hearing about it before and it is great. Read more
Published on October 7, 2009 by Ryan D. Schmidt
1.0 out of 5 stars Smug and dull.
How does a movie this bad get made? It just makes everyone in it look bad. Poor Eva really comes across as talentless. Read more
Published on July 13, 2009 by A Music Lover
3.0 out of 5 stars Wendell Baker
I bought this not expecting too much from it. The Wilson brothers don't disappoint comedically, however at times it seems it would have made more sense for Luke and Owen to switch... Read more
Published on May 3, 2009 by S. Noggle
5.0 out of 5 stars A heart warming DVD
This was a great story of Wendell Baker. Never give up on your own dreams because dreams do come true! Judy
Published on February 2, 2009 by Judith L. Hingson
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