The Wendell Baker Story

1 h 39 min2005PG-13
Luke Wilson plays a good-hearted ex-con who gets a job in a retirement hotel. Three elderly residents help him win back his girlfriend as he lends them a hand in fighting hotel corruption.
Andrew WilsonLuke Wilson
Luke WilsonEva MendesJacob Vargas
English [CC]
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Owen Wilson
Shout! Factory
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.2 out of 5 stars

73 global ratings

  1. 61% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 15% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 11% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 8% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 5% of reviews have 1 stars
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Thomas ShockleyReviewed in the United States on March 6, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
The flow of this movie is like swimming in quicksand
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Although the general storyline, plot, etc... seems pretty interesting, I'm distracted by the long drown out intros into scenes. Like... when he gets to the "hotel" is it really necessary to watch him walk up the entire 100 yard sidewalk? Or the long drown out "memory" of him at the stream. The story just drags unnecessary parts of the movie on and on and on.
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errin spellingReviewed in the United States on January 27, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
he seems like a nice guy
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sometimes he breaks the law and he does not understand why he can't be deported to mexico, until his lawyer tells him, he is an american.this is a dark comedy, which means i don't think anything is funny. but, this was a very good and different movie. the two brothers are in this together, against each other. both writers and both actors. a lot of this takes place in a nursing home, they call a hotel.
OligonicellaReviewed in the United States on February 28, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Yet another ne'er do well rewarded for nothing much.
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Growth? Nope. Con-man up until he was given a hotel chain. Really tired of the movies where a bad buy had "a heart of gold" so he gets what he wants, even the girl he mistreated all along.

Also getting pretty tired of Wilsons.
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Thomas F HallReviewed in the United States on February 18, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Just like everything else made today, it is depressing and a sad commentary on human nature
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MamaBearReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Sweet funny movie
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I so enjoyed this movie. Nothing super heavy, some really amazing stars are in this flick too which made it really fun to watch. Lots of humor and the right amount of drama. Easy to watch and entertaining. Highly recommend.
31 FlavorsReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great storyline seriously/comical😄
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The Players were all great; serious storyline with a dash of comedy. Yes, it was a story; yin/yang life turned out ti be a dream come true!😉
EMReviewed in the United States on November 8, 2007
3.0 out of 5 stars
Some funny moments but overall an opportunity missed
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Before this came out I wondered how a film featuring all three Wilson brothers could labor on the shelves so long. Now I know. The biggest problem is that Luke Wilson tried to write his own Dignan-type role, when that persona is perfectly suited for Owen. Luke tries hard, but it just never worked for me. I often wondered throughout the film how it would've fared if Owen played Wendell and Luke played Neil King. Of course Owen is still great as Neil King, the evil nurse, and he gives several great lines that Owen Wilson fans will quote for some time. The "goodnight" talk over the intercom is hysterical, as is his confrontation with Seymour Cassell in the men's room. The scenes with Owen and Will Ferrell are often very funny, and from the commentary track it sounds like most of their stuff was ad-libbed. They basically saved this film and made it watchable. The writing just isn't consistently strong. I wonder what Wes Anderson thought of this film. Hopefully it was a great learning experience for Luke and he'll create a better second film.
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patricia georgeReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
starts out a little slow but then it wraps up to a great finish
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I like the innocence of Wedell. Everybody got what they deserved. Just a great story. You will cheer for him all the way through.
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