The Wendell Baker Story Synopsis
An ex-con works in a retirement hotel and its residents help him win back his girlfriend.
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By Joe Leydon
A loose-knit, character-driven comedy that percolates with good-vibe amusement, often earning industrial-strength guffaws with sneaky...
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Slight but consistently entertaining.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Despite a terribly conceived coda, Luke and his brothers have mostly succeeded, thanks in large part to sharp dialogue, a solid vintage...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Directing seems to suit Luke, who also does some of his best work to date on screen.
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The Hollywood Reporter

In large part the film succeeds, feeling like a good-natured throwback.
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New York Magazine (Vulture)

By David Edelstein
If you want proof that Will Ferrell is the most riotously funny straight man since Jack Benny, observe the way his utter sincerity (in the...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
A shiny shell of a movie, "TWBS" is pretty to look at, and occasionally fun to watch. But ultimately, it's an exercise in futility - for...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Feels like an attempt to rebottle the postmodern fizz of Wes Anderson's "Bottle Rocket." I wish instead they'd put a stopper in it.
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Austin Chronicle

I hate to sound like a disappointed parent, but I expected more from Luke Wilson.
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By Peter Debruge
Movies in which the same person serves as writer, director, and star should carry a special warning for audiences, even if that individual...
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The Wilson Boys Have Done It Again!

By djh4gators
Funny, romantic, quirky, campy, ironic. I loved it....

Slow plodding little movie

By Whistler
I really wanted to like this movie. The Wilson brothers, in the right hands, can be very funny and even moving, but they should have let someone else direct this slow plodding little film. It had a...

This movie couldn't even make it as a 10th rate TV show

By njody
This was one of the dumbest movies I have ever seen and I really like Owen and Luke Wilson. It was so pointless and silly and made no sense. And what was Kris Kristofferson doing in it? He was in...

barely mediocre

By mpatino34
i would wait for dvd....

Utter Disappointment

By brendanchristopher
Luke Wilson's writing and acting lacked any sense of heart. Luke's performance never felt honest. It's hard to imagine this is the same Luke as "The Bomber" in Royal Tennenbaums or "Anthony" in...

Nothing at stake

By 570 Westminster
While mildly amusing, the story falls apart once we realize not much is at stake and the story aims for some cliche hollywood ending....

The Wendell Baker Story

By indecisive33
I thought it was very funny. I love the Wilson brothers....

Austinite review

By ChristianMom
Being an Austinite, it was kind of fun to see scenes on screen that I look at daily. However, overall I give the movie a C- rating. The story was disjointed and kind of goofy. There was alot more...

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Rated PG-13 | For some crude and sexual humor and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 13+ Wilson bros' uneven comedy has dark undertones.
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