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Basie is a man who collects junk and tries to make something out of it. He is also in love with Lily, a woman he has never spoken to but salutes every day. She is about to get conned out of her money by her greedy lawyer. And then there is the Genie who has lost his bottle and seeks Basie's help. Written by
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This is a peculiar indie movie with a mild story but a strong cast.
Geoffrey Lewis is cast extremely against type (as Wishman, a good genie) and is over the top with round words, round phrases and round hand and arm movements whenever he speaks. A curious, but strangely comical and very likable characterization.
Paul Le Mat is his ever-reliable self (why is Paul not a huge star?) and carries his role off fine, if low key.
And Quin Kessler, who only appeared in a handful of films, is one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the screen with her presence. Her acting here was plenty good enough to earn her other roles, and her fabulous looks should have guaranteed her success.
Add the likes of Paul Gleason, Brion James, Gailard Sartain and Nancy Parsons (Beula Ballbricker to all you PORKY'S fans) and you've got a lot of talent on the screen. Plus the very first ever screen appearances of Paris Hilton and her sister Nicky! The director knew what he wanted, mostly subdued performances, and the actors gave them to him. The effect is odd, but enjoyable.
Wishman is a light little fantasy romance movie, nice in every detail, with a happy ending. You'll end up smiling, and what more can you ask from a couple of hours' pleasant diversion?
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