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The Wishing Tree

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Kids unite to save magical tree in odd, overlong tale.

Movie NR 2017 116 minutes
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This story is all over the place, too long by at least 45 minutes, and too shaggy and undisciplined to even get its well-intentioned messages across. At times The Wishing Tree feels like an incomprehensible mishmash of overacting, song-and-dance routines, and oversimplified instructions on living well. Children literally hug a tree here. Compared with Slumdog Millionaire, a great example of the Indian filmmaking genre that mixes aspiration with bursting into song, this thing feels like someone's badly made home movie. The movie is too scary and long for very young kids, the only audience that might be unsophisticated enough to appreciate the overacting. But even they will be confused by the disjointed storyline. This is way too over-the-top, slow, and silly for anyone else.

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