The Wendell Baker Story (2005)
Critic Consensus: The Wendell Baker Story is a lackadaisical comedy of quirky characters and situations, but ultimately the lazy narrative bores instead of charms.
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as Wendell Baker
as Neil King
as Wanda King
as Bob Draper
as Reverend Shackleton
as Mr. Montoya
as Motorcycle Cop
as Reyes Morales
as Boyd Fullbright
as Dr. Von Horn
as Skip Summers
as L.R. Nasher
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Critic Reviews for The Wendell Baker Story
Given Luke Wilson's affability, it's also irresistibly charming. You may not buy the film's plot, but you'll invest in him as a man whose heart is always in the right place.
I think it's one of the worst movies of the year. I think it's one of the worst movies I've ever seen.
Here's something satisfying: '70s-cinema fetishism with the courage of its convictions.
Though the first Wilson brothers' effort, Bottle Rocket, is far superior, the trio of brothers working together creates a light and enjoyable comic romp.
Wendell Baker isn't perfect. The slacker humor grows cloying at times. Still, there's an undeniable charm to the Texas tale as it celebrates nonconformity and redemption.
Though the Wilsons are no threat to the Coens as filmmakers, The Wendell Baker Story is still a pleasingly human-scaled alternative to the big, soulless Hollywood blockbusters.
Audience Reviews for The Wendell Baker Story
Don't get all pissed off cause I am about to say"Wendell..you rock"!~
Luke Wilson tried-thats the best I can say-Owen had nothing to do, neither did Eva- and Will did what he could. Eddie Griffin was kind of pointless and even though it looked cheap and straight out of the 90's- I give the other wilson the benefit of the doubt in believeing he wanted it that way. There are a few good quotes worth remembering and Luke does throw himself into the character-I guess I just expected more.
Thoroughly amiable effort by the Wilson clan.
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