Wish Upon a Unicorn

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Fantasy about saving mythical creature; peril, mild language
  • PG
  • 2020
  • 93 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Impossible is always possible. Have faith in your family. "If you mess with the bull, you get the horns." "Worrying is like a rocking horse, something to do that gets you nowhere."

Positive Role Models

Mia is kind, determined, and open-hearted. Older sister Emma is more practical but comes to see the value in believing in the impossible. Grandma Rose encourages her granddaughters to pursue their dreams. A villain is willing to kill the unicorn to secure eternal youth.

Violence & Scariness

A villain seeks to kill a unicorn and drink its blood to secure eternal youth. Good guys chase a bad guy who has lassoed the unicorn colt. Kids too young to see over the wheel and reach the gas pedal drive a truck off the road. No one is injured. Bullying at school.

Sexy Stuff

Grandma Rose is caught sitting under a blanket kissing her boyfriend Bud. No actual kissing is seen. Patrick and Emma are interrupted from kissing several times but finally manage a brief smooch. Young girls mention playing Spin the Bottle.


"Hell," "crap," and "suck face."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wish Upon a Unicorn is a kid-oriented comedy-fantasy designed to appeal to kids who may display skepticism about Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, but still want to enjoy and believe in the fantastic. Be aware that this family-centric story has a foundation in tragedy: Two young girls move from Chicago to the country with their dad after the death of their mother. A few mildly scary moments arise as a unicorn-napper tries to sacrifice and drink the blood of the mythical creature in his quest to gain eternal youth. Kids too young to see over the wheel and reach the gas pedal drive a truck off the road. No one is injured. Bullying at school. Language includes "hell," "crap," and "suck face," and two tweens kiss. Grandma Rose is caught sitting under a blanket kissing her boyfriend Bud. Young girls mention playing Spin the Bottle.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBprodanovic November 13, 2020

It’s cute for older kids but sexual

The biggest concerns included some sexual scenes including a scene where a half naked woman walks sexually towards one of the men in the film and he groped her... Continue reading
Adult Written byBringItHard January 23, 2021


Not for children, they are constantly about to kiss or are kissing. Not appropriate, and the grandma scene where she is kissing under a blanket is not appropria... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bybluebells.daisy January 16, 2021
its a really good and cute movie its got a little bit sex but its not that bad i watched it with my sister. and it was awesome. i would give it full rating if y... Continue reading

What's the story?

In WISH UPON A UNICORN, Emma (Summer Fontana) and her little sister Mia (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) have recently lost their mother. To make things worse, Dad (Jonathan Lajoie) has lost his Chicago job. They've moved to the country home where Mom grew up to live with Grandma Rose (Chloe Webb). Rose's goofy and joyful earth mother presence sets the tone for WISH UPON A UNICORN, in which the woods are the magical refuge of magical creatures, and those who believe can see what's really going on. Mia quickly spots a unicorn colt, names him Rocco, and discovers the good luck he brings. When Emma starts to believe, she can see him too, and the pair bring Rocco to school to fight a bully and generally improve the school experience. When local man Willie (Kevin J. O'Connor) gets wind of Rocco's presence, he ramps up his evil campaign to kidnap the animal, intending to ingest its blood and gain eternal youth and life. Can the girls and their grandma save Rocco?

Is it any good?

This movie is sweet and perfectly tailored to suit its target audience: kids looking for something good and decent to believe in. Dialogue is often smart and amusing. Mia notes that no one at school notices the unicorn because they are all staring at screens. "I weep for this generation," she quips.

If Wish Upon a Unicorn feels a bit loose with logic, no one enjoying this will mind. Chloe Webb is charming as Grandma Rose. When she falls ill and heads for the hospital, talking about being ready for death, it feels a bit unlikely that she can just pull out her tubes and leap into her overalls to help the girls rescue the unicorn. But Webb's good-humored energy makes it believable. They outsmart the unicorn-napper Willie and get the colt back to its uni-mom, at which point everyone seems relieved with this outcome, but it's unclear how this will keep Rocco safe from future danger. Never mind. Just go with the good vibes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how important it is to support family members and their individual goals. Why do you think Mia keeps stressing that even if her skeptical sister and father don't believe in unicorns, that they ought to try to believe in her and her wishes and dreams?

  • Grandma Rose says in Wish Upon a Unicorn that she's ready to go when her parts wear out without taking any extraordinary measures. What do you think about that attitude toward death?

  • Do you think it's comforting to believe in mythical creatures with magical powers? Do you think there's value in believing in things that are seemingly impossible? Why or why not?

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