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At Theaters: 8/28/1998 On Video: 2/9/1999
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 44 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 099805
Studio: Miramax Pictures Inc.
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A night-shift nurse who no longer believes in fate, and a day-job plumber who is willfully attempting to change his fate. Both are struggling with the past, uncertain in the present and learning to be happily alone in a tough, crowded city. The only thing they share in common is occasionally riding the same train line. What are the odds these two will meet?

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Romantic Comedy - This light romantic comedy will likely appeal to fans of the genre. Older viewers may enjoy it more than younger ones, and children will be bored.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Hope Davis (Kiss of Death)
Alan Gelfant (The Destiny of Marty Fine)
Producer: Mitchell B. Robbins (The Darien Gap)
Director: Brad Anderson (The Darien Gap)
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PROFANITY: Occasional use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcoholic drinks at bars, parties, and restaurants; constant smoking.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Some comical dialogue and situations.
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Above Average
A fresh location, likable lead actors, a cute concept. The destination of the romantic comedy Next Stop Wonderland would appear to be moviegoers' hearts. But as charming as the film often is, something crucial feels missing on this journey--a genuine rooting interest in the central couple. As the presumably made-for-each-other Erin and Alan constantly pass by each other, never noticing one another, never did I get the feeling that these two truly were an ideal match. Still, some witty moments and endearing lead performances lend this film some lightweight appeal.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 29 Moviegoers

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30+Adults (M)
14
High
93%%
30+Adults (F)
15
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87%%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Hope Davis is Erin Castleton, a night-shift nurse who no longer believes in fate, and Alan Gelfant is Alan Monteiro, a day-job plumber who is willfully attempting to change his fate. The only thing they share in common is occasionally riding the same train line. Erin is going through a phase of solitude, having recently been dumped by her activist boyfriend (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) who left her with a list of seven politically motivated reasons for their incompatibility and his cat, Fidel. Her widowed mother (Holland Taylor), whose own love life never lacks for variety, attempts to help Erin out of her funk by placing a personal ad for her daughter.

Frisky, cultured, with a zest for life the ad reads-- describing a person Erin can't recognize. But the voice malls start coming and Em can't resist the temptation. What ensues is a hilarious onslaught of absurd, pathetic and riotous attempts at courtship -- and a clever bit of female revenge.

Meanwhile, across town, Alan is working his way through classes in Marine Biology and volunteering at the Boston Aquarium. In his 30s, Alan is trying to alter what life has planned for him and pursue his childhood dreams of the sea. Plagued by debt, involved in a possible caper at the aquarium, and besieged by a seductive classmate, Alan must contend with one obstacle after another in his attempt to leave his old life behind.

When Erin at last meets a suave, romantic Brazilian (Jose Zuniga) who sweeps her off her feet, and Alan gets an idea for getting out of his troubles once and for all, it seems their destinies have been sealed, separately. But as they each careen towards life-changing decisions, they end up smack in front of each other.

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