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Well Wishes (2015)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 10 May 2016 (USA)
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After losing his job on a coin-toss a man concocts a fantastical plan to build an enterprise of harvesting coins from wishing fountains.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shane Callahan ... Miles
Cullen Moss ... Jack
Don Henderson Baker ... Durwood
Anna Stromberg ... Penelope
Nick Basta ... Shane
Jane McNeill ... Penelope's Mother
Bill Ladd Bill Ladd ... Penelope's Father
Audrey Speicher ... Melissa
Jason Hatfield Jason Hatfield ... Mike
Jon Stafford ... Lawyer
Elizabeth Becka ... Miles' Mother
Matthew Warzel ... Henry
Aerli Austen Aerli Austen ... Cashier
Anthony Reynolds ... Investigator #1
Ed Wagenseller ... Investigator #2
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Myles is down on his luck. He's lost his job, his girlfriend and he's about to lose his house. One day while sitting on a wishing fountain he gets an ingenious idea to make his riches from people's wishes. He enlistd the help of his best friend to pursue this hair brained scheme. During his travels to drain these fountains of coins, he meets Penelope, who seems to be also down on her luck. Will he find love and fortune? Written by shameka pennycook

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An American tall-tale. About change.


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USA

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English

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10 May 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA

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Quarter-finalist of Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest in 2013. See more »

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References In America (2002) See more »

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Charming. A funny, original indie throwback not without its flaws.
20 May 2016 | by many_framesSee all my reviews

Wasn't expecting more than a diversion going into renting Well Wishes but I am pleasantly surprised. The movie clearly owes its debt to old-Hollywood (count all the Capra nods, maybe one too many) and it's a story with a few familiar tropes (lost job and broken heart in the first 5 minutes anyone?) but it's a confidently told story with pretty remarkable direction for what appears to be a first timer. The film commits to a silly premise and goes all the way to a natural conclusion.

The story follow Miles, a recently fired and dumped man, as he carves out a career raking coins from wish fountains. Legality and efficacy of the venture aside (c'mon, it's a movie) the fountain scenes are some of the best looking I've seen in a low budget movie and lend themselves to the funny, heightened reality the film strives for. Exposition reels in a great array of bizarre characters and a serviceable love story. Political overtones are mild, some subversive jabs in there, but mainly it's a light human interest story woven into a nice, comical farce. The cast is great, and though I don't recognize any of them, the acting is superior to any film of this size I've seen. Without spoiling anything the ending is weird enough to be memorable, and maybe it couldn't end any other way.

Well Wishes is ultimately an admittedly low-stakes affair (lighter on the drama and heavier on the bubble-gum) yet there's a clear and confident vision on display here. I was not expecting what I got. Will be looking out for what these filmmakers do next and it would take a focused effort to dislike a film this charming and disarming. It made me smile, at least.


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