2013, 114 minutes, color, U.S.A.
Following his celebrated debut feature, Garden State, Zach Braff delivers a new postcard from the edge of existential crisis, this time playing a thirtysomething family man wrestling with a few minor hindrances—like his disapproving father, an elusive God, and yes, adult responsibility. Aidan Bloom is a pot-smoking actor whose last job, a dandruff commercial, was longer ago than he cares to admit. Pursuing his thespian dream has landed him and his wife in tough financial straits, so when his grumpy father can no longer pay for the kids to attend Jewish Yeshiva, Aidan opts for homeschooling. To the chagrin of his hyperdisciplined, religious daughter and the delight of his less-than-studious son, Aidan takes matters into his own imaginative hands, rather than sticking to the boring old traditional curriculum.
A consummate cast, including Mandy Patinkin, Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, and Braff himself, strikes just the right mix of absurdity and gravitas in this bittersweet comedy of family foibles, where growing up doesn’t have to mean sacrificing one’s passion.
Director: Zach Braff
Screenwriters: Zach Braff, Adam Braff
Producers: Stacey Sher, Michael Shamberg, Zach Braff, Adam Braff
Executive Producers: Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Maria Cestone, Sarah E. Johnson, Hoyt David Morgan
Co-producers: Coco Francini, Ameet Shukla, Amanda Bowers, Adriana Randall
Cinematographer: Lawrence Sher
Editor: Myron Kerstein
Principal Cast: Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Joey King