THE WENDELL BAKER STORY
Life-Long Ne’er-Do-Well Makes Good
Release Date: May 18, 2007
Starring: Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson,
Eddie Griffin, Kris
Kristofferson, Eva Mendes,
Harry Dean Stanton, Seymour
Cassel, and Will Ferrell
Runtime: 99 minutes
Director: Andrew Wilson and Luke Wilson
Executive Producer: Ray Angelic, David Bergstein,
Oliver Hengst, Elie Samaha,
and Ernst August Schnieder
Producer: David L. Bushell and Mark
Writer: Luke Wilson
Address Comments To:Jeff Sackman
23 East 22nd Street, Fifth Floor
New York, New York 10010
Phone: (212) 444-7900
Fax: (212) 444-7901
Calling himself a venture capitalist, Wendell has lived his life moving from one con-artist scheme to the next. His ventures come to a crashing halt, though, when he is caught and convicted for creating fake I.D. cards and selling them to illegal immigrants. Sentenced to the State Penitentiary, Wendell, the good-old boy, makes fast friends with everyone in the prison except the parole board. That is okay by him, though, because he is having the time of his life in prison, until of course, his girlfriend, Doreen, says she can’t wait for him forever. This knocks Wendell back down to reality.
Soon, he focuses on finding a direction for his life and becomes intrigued by the hotel industry. As time passes, Wendell makes some important changes in the way he runs his life. Not long after, he is released on parole, and the parole board gets him a job working in an elderly retirement hotel in Texas.
In no time at all, Wendell learns that all is not as it seems at this hotel, as the corrupt head nurse, along with all the other nurses, are illegally taking Medicare money from their patrons as well as selling their prescription medications on the black market. Along with several of the hotel’s patrons, Wendell devises a scheme that will bring down the corrupt nursing team. Through all of this and whether or not he ever wins back Doreen, Wendell learns the importance of helping others as he grows and matures and finds focus for his life.
THE WENDELL BAKER STORY is a feel-good movie with some funny moments and touching, morally uplifting elements, but it is completely predictable. Even with a short running time of 99 minutes, most audience members probably will find themselves looking at their watch wondering how much longer the movie will last.
There are also some cautionary elements such as the movie’s anti-American and pro-politically correct elements of illegal immigration. There is also some sexual content that provides cautionary elements, most notably of which are the two elderly gentlemen who sexually solicit two young women (who we later learn are underage) with some rather graphic dialogue that is incredibly inappropriate, especially for young teenage women!
All in all, THE WENDELL BAKER STORY is predictable fare for a small independent feature. The predictability, coupled with the sexual content and a lot of the movie’s profanities, means that most media-wise people will avoid this movie and go see one of the summer’s bigger blockbusters that has stronger Christian content and is cleaner.
THE WENDELL BAKER STORY is a feel-good movie with some funny moments and some touching moments, but it is completely predictable. There are also some cautionary elements such as the movie’s anti-American and pro-politically correct elements of illegal immigration. There is also plenty of foul language and some sexual content, including a couple elderly men making inappropriate comments to teenage girls. That said, the movie’s premise is morally uplifting since the protagonist learns a few lessons about the importance of becoming more responsible and caring for others.