A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters ultimately learn to appreciate each other for their differences and find common ground.
Positive Role Models
Characters are fairly realistic as teenagers who are both well-intentioned but self-absorbed, even as they play to stereotypes such as the brainy nerd or the boy-crazy fashionista.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sensuality throughout, including multiple scenes of two teen characters kissing. In one instance, a teenage girl is shown with a hickey. The main character, a 17-year-old, is often shown wearing miniskirts, being ogled by others teenagers (and also adult male construction workers), and enjoying it. Another teen character performs a striptease-style dance in a black leather dress and fishnets on a table in the cafeteria in front of the lunchroom. Some discussion of sex, such as when one character asks another if they think a couple is "doing it," and when one teenager tells another she hasn't lost her virginity yet.
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Very mild profanity, such as the expression "what the hell."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wish Upon a Star is a 1996 family comedy about two high school teenage sisters who switch bodies. There is sensuality throughout the movie, both girls dress provocatively, and some light kissing scenes, as well as one striptease-style dance in the cafeteria. The somewhat mature handling of sex, making out, and sensuality make it most appropriate for younger teens and up. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
WISH UPON A STAR works an appealing but somewhat overdone premise. What would happen if you could trade places with someone with a better life than you, even for a few days? Movies like Big, 13 Going on 30, and Freaky Friday all trafficked in the same what-if scenario to better results, but Wish Upon a Star is not entirely without its charms. Here, Heigl and Harrison have good chemistry, and having them both long for the same boyfriend and ultimately forced to appreciate each other's strengths and weaknesses makes for some nice insights into sibling rivalry and grass-is-greener thinking about other's lives.
Unfortunately, it falls a bit into stereotypes about being smart versus being popular or fashionable, and because the camera spends so much time literally panning Heigl's body in mini-skirts, and because her looks, and the affections of her boyfriend and dressing in a risque way becomes such a routine part of the plot (which involves a lot of kissing, some welcomed catcalls, and a striptease-style dance), it moves the material into a more mature zone. The main performances aren't bad (though nearly all supporting roles are forgettable), the messages are ultimately positive, but parents may feel a little bit uncomfortable with the frequent literal zoning in on Heigl at the expense of more substance.
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