By Caren Weiner Campbell
Updated February 12, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Given the Boston subway motif of Next Stop Wonderland, you might think the central couple in this charming romantic comedy — skeptical nurse Erin (Hope Davis) and good-natured plumber turned-aspiring marine biologist Alan (Alan Gelfant) — would travel a pretty direct route to each other. But their path is as roundabout and full of bad turns as a Bean Town road map. Erin must get over her activist ex-boyfriend (delectably played by Happiness‘ Philip Seymour Hoffman), then face a ghoulish parade of potential suitors; Alan has to cope with Mob debts and the unwanted attentions of a fellow student. Both quite self-sufficient, Erin and Alan enjoy solitude; how refreshing to see a romantic comedy about people who aren’t in any big hurry to pair off. A-

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