Wish You Were Here (Too Much) (1987)



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The British Wish You Were Here served as the auspicious film debut for 16-year-old Emily Lloyd. The scene is a British seaside community of the 1950s, where the local adults are shocked and embarrassed by the libertine Lynda (Lloyd), who dresses provocatively, behaves outrageously, and swears like a sailor (her favorite epithet is "Up your bum"). Lynda's mother is dead, and her father has given up trying to do anything with her. She attempts to hold down several jobs, but messes them all up through insolence and carelessness. Excessively promiscuous, Lynda has an affair with a middle-aged friend of her father's. She becomes pregnant, only to use her "fallen" state to gleefully shock and annoy her elders even more. Despite her bravado, there's an underlying sadness about Lynda: the title Wish You Were Here refers to her feelings concerning her late mother.
R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Comedy , Drama , Special Interest
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Fries Entertainment


Emily Lloyd
as Lynda Mansell
Geoffrey Hutchings
as Hubert Mansell
Tom Bell
as Eric
Clare Clifford
as Mrs. Parfitt
Barbara Durkin
as Valerie
Chloe Leland
as Margaret
Trudy Cavanagh
as Tap Dancing Lady
Georgi Vasilyev
as Mitch The Dog
Geoffrey Durham
as Harry Figgis
Pat Heywood
as Aunt Millie
Heathcote Williams
as Dr. Holroyd
Charlotte Ball
as Lynda (age 11)
Abigail Leland
as Margaret (age 7)
Susan Skippr
as Lynda's Mother
Sheila Kelley
as Joan Figgis
Susan Skipper
as Lynda's Mother
Neville Smith
as Cinema Manager
Marjorie Sudell
as Lady with Hurt Knee
Frederick Hall
as Passenger with Umbrella
Bob Flag
as Mental Patient
William Lawford
as Uncle Brian
Pamela Duncan
as Mrs. Hartley
David Hatton
as Shop Van Customer
Ben Daniels
as Policeman
Val McLane
as Maisie Mathews
Kim McDermott
as Vickie
Barrie Houghton (II)
as Cafe Manager
Danielle Phelps
as The Baby
as Mitch The Dog
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Critic Reviews for Wish You Were Here (Too Much)

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (10)

Wish You Were Here is the story of Lynda's messy coming of age. It's a movie to cherish -- bouyant, affecting, one of a kind.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
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As Lynda, the belligerent, exhibitionist daughter of a strait-laced British shopkeeper, Lloyd is electrifying. She's a foul-mouthed Hayley Mills.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Just as Lynda's language is an affront to her neighbors, so is Leland's film an enthusiastic assault on the excessive gentility of so much British filmmaking.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Wish You Were Here may always be thought of as the movie that first gave us Emily Lloyd. Or as David Leland's first directing achievement.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

What makes it interesting is the character of the heroine; her refreshing rudeness disconcerts those around her.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

The trouble is that Lloyd's loud, brattish performance makes Linda less a socially purgative Free Spirit than a pain in the neck.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Wish You Were Here (Too Much)

One of the best coming of age movies Emily Lloyd is wonderful as a free spirited, smart ass teen girl who cannot keep herself out of mischief. Good fun.

Ric Stidd
Ric Stidd

Lloyd is so fresh, so filled with fun and rebellion, that she carries us past the tricky parts on the strength of personality alone. It's one of the great debut roles for a young actress.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

I saw this one a long time ago, and I can't remember much about it except that it was one of those nostalgic but sexy kinds of movies about a high school girl who keeps getting into trouble or something. Anyway, I want to see it again.

Aj V
Aj V

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