“Wish I Was Here” will be here on July 18, if “here” means New York or Los Angeles. Focus Features announced today Zach Braff’s Kickstarter-funded project will see its first public screenings this summer with initial engagements on the coasts before expanding the following two weekends.
Focus Features committed to a theatrical rollout of 500 theaters or more when it purchased distribution rights in January after “Wish I Was Here” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Indiewire’s Chief Film Critic Eric Kohn gave the film a “C” grade following its debut, saying “Braff hasn’t made another generational statement, but rather a regurgitation of tropes that got old a long time ago.”
Given the mixed reviews, Braff’s film seems destined to be known for its contentious Kickstarter campaign rather than whatever actually happens in the film. Will you be attending in July, dear readers, or has all the attention tired you out?