'Wish I Was Here' Trailer: Zach Braff Has Family Problems (Video)

11:07 AM PST 05/19/2014 by Hilary Lewis
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"Wish I Was Here"

Focus Features is set to release the actor-director's Kickstarter-funded "Garden State" follow-up, which also stars Kate Hudson and Mandy Patinkin, on July 18.

The first full trailer for Zach Braff's Kickstarter-funded Garden State follow-up, Wish I Was Here, has debuted online.

In the film, which premiered at Sundance and is set to be released July 18 by Focus, Braff plays a struggling actor trying to support his family.

The trailer begins with a lighthearted look at Braff's family's finances as he shouts, "dammit," and his son instructs him to add money to the "swear jar."

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"The swear jar is all the money we have to send you to college, so you should be happy that I curse," Braff's Aidan Bloom replies.

The more serious elements of Wish I Was Here are alluded to when Aidan's dad (Mandy Patinkin) tells him that he's "going to be laid up for a while," because his cancer has returned.

The trailer also shows Aidan trying to convoke his brother, Noah (Josh Gad), to help him take care of their dad.

Noah does, it seems, take care of Aidan's kids for a bit -- just long enough for his teenage daughter to cut off all her hair, leading to her buying the hot-pink wig that featured prominently in the film's teaser trailer.

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Other scenes include Aidan's family, including his wife (Kate Hudson), swimming and surfing and speeding down the highway behind the wheel of an Aston Martin.

The trailer closes with a voiceover from Aidan: "When we were kids, my brother and I used to pretend that we were heroes. The ones who could save the day. But maybe we're just the regular people. The ones who get saved."

Watch the full trailer below.

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