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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Success and hard work are valued, but path to that success isn't shown; Senna makes many mistakes and then simply becomes successful all of a sudden. Friendship and family relationships are important, though you could argue that there's also value placed on a woman finding the right man to "complete" her.
Positive Role Models
Senna is a loving daughter, friend, and partner, but she's also irresponsible, immature, and demanding. At the end of the movie, she suddenly finds happiness, though how or why she earned it is rather a mystery.
Violence & Scariness
Arguing. A character dies of cancer.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Senna sleeps with more than one man; sex is definitely implied, but nothing beyond bare shoulders and naked male bottoms shown. A woman removes her top, but no sensitive parts are seen. Kissing. A couple at a club briefly gets "frisky" (partly offscreen). Sex talk, sexual references.
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One use of "f--k," a use of "s--t," and a use of "a--hole," plus infrequent uses of "damn," "boobs," "crap," "tart."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Senna frequently drinks to excess, smokes pot. No real hangovers or consequences.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that All I Wish is a romantic comedy that checks in on a woman named Senna (Sharon Stone) one day a year, on her birthday, as she tries to find both love and a career. There's kissing and partial nudity (mostly bottoms), Senna sleeps with more than one person, and there's fairly frequent sex-related talk and other sexual material. Language is infrequent but includes "f--k," "s--t," and "a--hole." Characters argue, and a secondary character dies of cancer. Senna frequently drinks to excess and smokes pot, and there's plenty of social drinking, all without much in the way of consequences. While it's usually refreshing to see a film focus on an older but very vibrant female character, Senna is unfortunately immature and rudderless, and you could argue that the movie is saying she needs a man to make her "complete." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The one-day-per-year gimmick at the heart of this flat romance never really clicks, possibly because Senna isn't particularly appealing, staying shallow and unchanging throughout. Stone can be a potent actress, but she chose poorly with All I Wish (an ill-conceived replacement title for the original one, A Little Something for Your Birthday). Senna is a mature woman who behaves like a college-age girl, flighty and rudderless. It's difficult to believe that she would have made it this far in life.
The writing and directing by Susan Walter -- her debut -- has a nervous, twitchy quality, and though All I Wish is billed as a romantic comedy, it's not especially funny. Like Goldwyn's Adam, who's forced to sing a karaoke song in one scene, it's tone-deaf. Interstitial scenes between birthday visits feature "interviews" with some of the characters; weirdly, these contain some of the best, most soulful bits of writing, even if there's no reason for them to exist. The movie also tacks on a subplot about cancer, presumably to add tears to the laughter; it, too, fails. When Senna's happy ending eventually comes, it feels completely unearned.
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