Wish You Were Here

Book review by Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Scattered, quirky summer vacation drama.

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Wish You Were Here – But Don’t Stay Too Long

What seemed like a reasonable story on paper gets the over-edited, padded out flash-back screen treatment, till the viewer doesn’t want to know anymore. This might possibly have been a fair 1Hour TV episode but instead, gets stretched out to 1.1/2 Hrs with a sub-standard, messy convoluted edit style. What we have here are two Aussie couples behaving badly in Cambodia, falling afoul of druggies, grotty child sex sellers and assorted underground types – leading to a missing man. There are several ambiguous occurrences which seem to be left relatively unexplained IE; the true nature of the missing man’s business, a mysterious red car that occasionally follows them around, then there’s the young sisters cold disregard for her sister - in light of the fact she seriously lusted after her sister’s husband (the father of her sisters children) Performances are mostly good but the situations are not always up to par and the ending offers little more than a tacked-on let down. Especially when we are left with the definite feeling these events can only get worse for these characters. An added song section near the end (seemingly included to pad out the R/T to 90mins) further slows it down unnecessarily.

Book Details

  • Author: Catherine Clark
  • Genre: Family Life
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: March 25, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 12
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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