Parents' Guide to

Wish Man

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Sentimental, hopeful biopic has drinking, strong language.

Movie NR 2019 107 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

Love can change everything

An inspiring thought provoking story for teens. A story about how love and kindness can change a person!s life in the best direction.
age 12+

Fight for Life

Good for older children and teens.It's the story behind the Wish foundation. The main character struggles with alcohol for a lot of the movie. His tough childhood lays the groundwork for his desire later in life to help a kid who is dying - he plays a father figure role and that part of the story is connected to his own father's role in his life. It's an inspiring, encouraging watch. Teens will enjoy the growth the guy goes through before deciding to start the foundation. Good values like love, marriage and faithfulness come through too.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This is a well-meaning and sentimental biopic that genuinely pulls at the heartstrings, eventually. But Wish Man is too long, often getting bogged down by extensive flashbacks and side stories that slow things down instead of enhancing the story. The acting's OK, but the script is a little amateurish, with dialogue that often seems forced or unrealistic. Viewers will learn positive messages about how valuable feeling like you matter to someone, knowing you can help, and having compassion are. Strong language, lots of alcohol, and mature themes make it best for teens and up.

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