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The Wendell Baker Story

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Comedy movie directed by Andrew Wilson

Wendell Baker (Luke Wilson) is a dreamer and schemer whose latest scam lands him in jail, alienating him from his longtime girlfriend (Eva Mendes). Eternally optimistic, Wendell makes the most of his time behind bars and vows to turn his life around. … see full wiki

Director: Andrew Wilson
Genre: Comedy
1 review about The Wendell Baker Story

King Con

  • Nov 11, 2007
The brothers Wilson (Luke and Owen) star, direct, and wrote this comedy con tale about the self-titled entrepreneur (Luke) who takes his beautiful girlfriend, Doreen (Eva Mendez) for granted and finds unconventional ways to make ends meet.

At the beginning we find him literally hooking up with his neighbor, Razz (Jacob Vargas), taking an RUV to the border to make fake ID's for entering Mexicans who want to be naturalized without government assistance. Rationalizing that they are the "Ellis Island of the Southwest," Wendell is quickly caught and taken to Huntsville Prison where reform includes educating himself into a new livelihood. Once parolled he has to start out straight--from the bottom that is. His hotel entrepreneurial destiny is to be a worker at The Shady Acres, more of a retirement home than a hotel. There he's met his match with head nurse, Neil King (Owen), whose martinet sensibilities are almost as pronounced as his dishonesty and taste for elder abuse.

At the center, Skip and Mr. Summers are two residents who have nothing to lose by siding with Wendell. Between the threat of being framed for Neil King's crimes and being mauled by Doreen's current boyfriend, Dave (Will Farrell), Wendell shows that reform has never been made more difficult. Befriending a resourceful retiree, Mr. Nasher (Kris Kristopherson), he has a plan to try to get everything back in his life.

The movie is often philosophical in import, even when the mischief is going full throttle. (Nasher says with clarity that he isn't going back home because when one gets old, "Yesterday, today, and tomorrow" are in the same room.) Freewheelin' fun is met with a nice message about living life to the fullest and the usefulness of the elderly. With a fairy tale element, it's basically a fun no-brainer comedy. As one character says, "Sometimes things don't turn out perfectly; they turn out well." The same could be said for evaluating the movie.

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