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The Wendell Baker Story Details

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Owen, Luke, and Andrew Wilson combine their fraternal filmmaking talents to tell the character-driven tale of a small-time con man who gets a fortuitous shot at redemption while working in a run down retirement community. Wendell Baker (Luke Wilson) is a con man whose large heart betrays his criminal mind. Confident to a fault and consistently cool-headed, Baker is the kind of grifter who's always quick with a comeback and never lets the law get in the way of making a quick buck. When Wendell is busted for selling counterfeit Texas driver's licenses to undocumented Mexican migrant workers, he coasts through his prison sentence with the same unflappable attitude that made him the perfect swindler in the outside world. In order to pass the time behind bars without causing waves, mellow convict Wendell buries his nose in books about hotel management checked out from the prison library. Upon release the optimistic ex-con is distraught to discover his girlfriend Dorren (Eva Mendes) has taken up with a quick-tempered grocer (Will Ferrell) and his former partner Reyes (Jacob Vargas) has been forced into retirement by his law-abiding wife. Looking to put his hotel management know-how to good use and determined to win Doreen back, Wendell soon takes a job at the Shady Grove retirement hotel. Little does Wendell realize that scheming Shady Grove head nurse Neil King (Owen Wilson) has been dabbling in fraudulent Medicare payments and forced labor, and has no qualms about pinning his crimes on the carefree ex-convict. Now, if benevolent knave Wendell has any hope of turning the tables on his unscrupulous nemesis and proving that nice guys don't always finish last, he'll have to enlist the aid of fed-up Shady Grove residents Boyd (Seymour Cassel), Skip (Harry Dean Stanton), and Nasher (Kris Kristofferson), who are all more than willing to strike back at their casually cruel caretaker. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:May 18, 2007

Crew

Andrew Wilson
Director
Luke Wilson
Director
David L. Bushell
Producer
Luke Wilson
Screenwriter
Owen Wilson
Screenwriter
Steve Mason
Cinematographer
Aaron Zigman
Composer (Music Score)
John Bissell
Musical Direction/Supervision
Harvey Rosenstock
Editor
David J. Bomba
Production Designer
John R. Jensen
Art Director
Ray Angelic
Executive Producer
David Bergstein
Executive Producer
Tracee Stanley-Newell
Executive Producer
Estee Stanley
Costume Designer
Carla Curry
Set Decorator
Pud Cusack
Sound/Sound Designer
Marco Londoner
First Assistant Director
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