Parents' Guide to

You Wish!

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Familiar but well-told fantasy tale has positive messages.

Movie NR 2003 87 minutes
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The well-trodden "one wish" cautionary tale about how life could be, is dependable, compelling, and -- when it works -- highly satisfying. 2003'sYou Wish! nails it, thanks to some genuinely funny moments and believable teen characters that round out the movie's rich world. When Alex erases his brother Stevie from existence -- thanks to a magic coin -- Alex finds himself as a TV star of a show called Where's Stevie? This sci-fi undercurrent injects an intelligent, sometimes mind-bending element that beefs up the story and avoids it from being a generic rehash of a familiar theme.

The movie's "grass is always greener" message is also surprisingly deep. In the new "no-Stevie" universe, it emerges that the extra money not spent on Stevie allowed Alex's parents to send him to football camp and become the star quarterback. It's just one example of the smart writing that, together with some charming performances and laugh-out-loud moments, elevates You Wish! to a fun TV movie of feature film quality.

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