Next Stop Wonderland

Next Stop Wonderland
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byBrad Anderson
Produced byMitchell Robbins
Laura Bernieri
Rachael Horovitz
Written byBrad Anderson
Lyn Vaus
Music byClaudio Ragazzi
CinematographyUta Briesewitz
Edited byBrad Anderson
Robbins Entertainment
Distributed byMiramax Films
Release date
  • August 21, 1998 (1998-08-21)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
BudgetUS$1 million
Box officeUS$3,395,581[1]

Next Stop Wonderland is a 1998 American romantic comedy film directed by Brad Anderson and written by Anderson and Lyn Vaus.


Two people live unlucky in love in Boston: Erin, whose activist boyfriend Sean has just walked out on their relationship to help a Native American tribe fight off a land development deal. Alan, a plumber struggling to pay off family obligations while pursuing a career as a marine biologist. Both deal with personal and professional problems and stumble through relationships, continually crossing one another's paths without ever truly meeting and realizing how perfect they are for one another. Time and time again one almost catches the other's eye, but circumstances intervene. After a series of ups and downs both of their budding relationships with others crash and burn, just in time for a chance meeting on the MBTA train heading to Wonderland station, on the outskirts of Boston.



The film's soundtrack is scored by Claudio Ragazzi with various renditions by Vinicius Cantuaria, Arto Lindsay, and Bebel Gilberto.


The film, which cost $1 million to make, was an audience favorite at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998. A bidding war among studio distributors resulted in Miramax Films paying $6 million for the film's North American distribution rights.[2] However, the film grossed only $3.3 million during its theatrical release.[3]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 75%, based on 44 reviews, and an average rating of 6.8/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Endearing performances create characters you care about."[4]



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