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The Wendell Baker Story

3.8 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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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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  • 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
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: VELOCITY / THINKFILM
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S0SYI2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,866 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Roland E. Zwick on December 14, 2008
Format: DVD
***1/2

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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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. The Wendell Baker Story has two of the Wilson brothers starring in it. It doesn't come up to the level of Bottle Rocket but it's fun and well worth adding to a library of good and very funny movies. Wendell Baker Story (2007) DVD
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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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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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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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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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