Next Stop Wonderland (1998)



Critic Consensus: Endearing performances create characters you care about.

Movie Info

An independent romantic comedy, Next Stop, Wonderland (1998) made headlines at the Sundance Film Festival when it became the object of a bidding war, ultimately won by Miramax Pictures to the tune of $6 million. Hope Davis stars as Erin Castleton, a night-shift nurse who's cruelly dumped by her boyfriend Sean (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a political activist. When her mother Piper (Holland Taylor) places a wildly inaccurate personals ad in the local paper, Erin is at first enraged, but then becomes … More

Rating: R (For language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Brad Anderson, Lyn Vaus
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 2, 2001
Miramax Films - Official Site


as Erin Castleton

as Alan Monteiro

as Piper Castleton

as Arty Lesser

as Julie

as Frank

as Ray Thornback

as Kevin Monteiro

as Daryl

as Andre De Silva

as Lowrey The Bartender

as Denise Shebola

as Cab Driver

as Yuri Spinov

as Aquarium Volunteer

as Bailey

as Frank's Crony

as Arty Lesser's Crony

as Lucy Bidwell

as Bookseller

as Society Photographer

as Pub Waitress

as Restaurant Waitress

as Alan's Father

as TV News Anchor

as Field Reporter

as Arizona Reporter

as Linoleum Man

as Phone Date

as Phone Date

as Phone Date

as Phone Date

as Phone Date

as Phone Date

as Phone Date

as Phone Date
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Critic Reviews for Next Stop Wonderland

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (14)

For everything that works, there's something to get on your nerves.

January 1, 2000
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
Top Critic

There's not much to stop for in Wonderland.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic


January 1, 2000
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Next Stop, Wonderland isn't really much more than a beautifully acted, finely edited sitcom, but it creates and sustains an intelligent, seriocomic mood better than any recent film about the urban single life.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

A soulful, thoughtful comedy!

January 1, 2000
Miami Herald
Top Critic

A sweetly seductive romantic comedy!

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Next Stop Wonderland

Did you ever hear that old adage, "Love always finds you when you aren't looking for it" or "You can't find finds you."? Here you have it. A woman is caught between her feelings of contentment with being alone and some nagging need inside her that tells her she needs love and to be loved. There is even a dialogue between Erin (The main character played by Hope Davis...who is marvelous) and a colleague where her colleague turns to her and says, "Don't you just hate men?" and Erin turns back and says "No, I wish I did. It would make life a hell of a lot easier." While a series of missed meetings with someone who is apparently her soulmate play in the background she goes on various "dates" to find a suitable suitor. She is a hard match up. She is incredibly intelligent, strong-willed, beautiful, and most of all, fighting the need that she feels to be in love and loved in kind. Enter Alan, the aspiring Marine Biologist, but practicing plumber...who is always just out of reach in our seemingly small world. There are a few loose ends (probably better left untied) and a few performances that were lacking otherwise I might have given this movie 5 stars...I really did enjoy it that much. If you are looking for a love story/comedy wrapped in in anti-love story focused on a very strong female lead with some biting and witty dialogue, but is in no way a "chick flick"...this is your movie. Enjoy

Dean L

Super Reviewer

This was supposed to be the film that launched Hope Davis' career as a mainstream actress but it didn't quite do that in the end. I thought this was a pretty amusing piece. Not too serious but not exactly a fluff piece either. Not bad.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Next Stop Wonderland was a enjoyable movie to watch. The romantic aspect was the backbone of the movie.The connection worked because when you met the two future lovers, you know they were special in a way. These two characters had a special bond, even before they met. So the whole time the movie went on , you felt they were together because of their similarities.The supporting cast was wonderful. Phillip Seymour Hoffman had a small role, even so he was great. The movie reminds me a little of Sleepless in Seattle.

Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer

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