The Wendell Baker Story
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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).Read more ›
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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I had seen this on regular TV, and liked it, but it was a condensed version of the movie to allow for commercials. Read morePublished 11 months ago by DVD / Movie Aficionado
This movie is one of my favorites. Makes me laugh and love that it's set in Texas. :)Published 22 months ago by Ashley
I enjoyed this movie very much! I would recommend it to anyone who are fan's of Luke and Own Wilson!Published on January 6, 2014 by Christophe Mclelland
wrong format, it is PAL so it would not play here in the united states. my fault, as I should have looked closer.Published on December 25, 2013 by Richard Vaught
Movie was in perfect condition and has good special features for Kris Kristofferson, Harry Dean Stanton and Seymour Cassel fans.Published on November 25, 2012 by jane wu
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 morePublished on October 7, 2009 by Ryan D. Schmidt