The Wendell Baker Story (DVD, 2007)
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- linus9632012Jul 18, 2016by
Wasn't sure at first
I first saw the picture of the movie cover on ebay, I thought the two Wilson' s together would be a hilarious comedy. It wasn't the comedy I thought, but, had some very smart, funny comments throughout the entire movie. Owen had less, the started a little slow, but that was just to set up his character, and how a person can change. Absolutely loved how it ended.
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- girishkiniAug 24, 2015by
wendell baker story is awesome. this is a very great movie. really enjoyed watching this. perfect ending and very nice watch. best seen in 1090 p.
- jersyguy609Aug 03, 2014by
this was a pretty good movie! i was pleasantly surprised! made us laugh! first time i ever saw owen wilson's brother, he was funny!
- wentworth-on-tr...Mar 12, 2008by
ALL WILSONS ALL THE TIME
The Wendell Baker Story is a Wilson Family Production, with Luke in the foreground, but Owen and secret Wilson Brother Andrew co-directing. I may as well warn you, it is not great. If you like music by Hank Williams Senior, Jackson Browne, and Billy Joe Shaver (look for him in a cameo), you'll love the sound track.
Wendell is a screwup, but, because he is Luke Wilson, he is a lovable screwup. He lives in Texas. His love interest is the lovely Eva Mendes. She loses patience with him. He has some adventures that land him in a low level job working at a "retirement hotel" where Harry Dean Stanton and Kris Kristofferson and Seymour Cassell all live. The old guys are grumpy, but lovable, of course, and the administration (Luke) is corrupt. And Wendell manages to redeem himself.
>Maybe they redeem the movie, maybe they don't. It could certainly be worse, but it doesn't hang together very well and it leans pretty heavily on That Famous Crooked Wilson Charm. There are plenty of laughs and some unexpected turns, but the average guy watching is likely to hear from his sweetie "Don't you dare try that, buster."
Comparisons to the work of Wes Anderson, which often features one or more Wilsons, are inevitable. Films like The Life Aquatic and The Royal Tenenbaums have more depth and other stars to play the Wilsons against. The best parts of Wendell Baker make use of such interplay, but you never get far from the main character. Will Farrell appears briefly, but his scenes come and go, as if someone was worried that he might "steal" the film.
This is one to watch when you are already in a good mood. It won't make your day, but it won't ruin it, either.Read full review
- meoak21Jan 25, 2008by
I had never heard of this movie until my friend brought it over with nothing but good things to say about it. Despite a relatively slow moving storyline, the movie does not get boring and it is uniquely clever and funny. It is not the typical comedy and that is what made it stand out. It was an easy decision for me to buy this DVD and I strongly suggest you give this movie a look.