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Angel in Training (1999)

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Thirteen-year-old Desi has two big problems: her cartoonist father is being duped by a sexy, money-hungry agent, and she needs to find a date for a friend's birthday party. An apprentice ... See full summary »
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Laila Dagher ...
Desi
Danielle Pessis ...
R.J.
Veronica Allen ...
Peyton
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Cameron
Sally Truitt ...
Melanie
Tracy Bassett ...
Gaynor
Tyler Binkley ...
Legget
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Morningside (as Jane Hink)
Hope Harris ...
Pleasance
Calvin DeVault ...
Tyler (as Calvin De Vault)
Bill Wheat ...
Mr. Martin
Jamie Class ...
Mrs. Martin
Graham Immel ...
Basketball Player
Tom Salvitti ...
Handsome Man
Kim A. Ray ...
Saleswoman
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Thirteen-year-old Desi has two big problems: her cartoonist father is being duped by a sexy, money-hungry agent, and she needs to find a date for a friend's birthday party. An apprentice angel is sent to Earth to help Desi deal with the situation. Written by Saddie Magoo

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Dreams Do Come True!

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Family | Fantasy

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G | See all certifications »
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13 April 1999 (USA)  »

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Daddy's Little Angel  »

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The "Spy Cat" cartoons were done by Joe D'Angelo who went on to greater fame as the writer/artist of the "Pirate Cove" web comic. See more »

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Pretty Little Girl (Desi's Theme)
Music and Lyrics by Chick Vennera
Arranged by Charley Harrison (as Charles Harrison)
Performed by Karol Angcaco
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Better than "Angels in the Outfield" and "Training Day" COMBINED!!
4 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Once in a great while, a film comes along that completely redefines how you think about American cinema. That film may very well be "Angel in Training." First off, the acting is wonderful. The daughter is a gem, but the real show-stealer is the actual angel in training, Danielle Pessis. She often feeds the protagonist important nuggets of wisdom regarding being the "perfect age," something all teenagers can understand when they hear it from a space angel who shoots balls of light from her hands and uses the force to throw food at people. Gary Imhoff is great as the father character as well, who reminds me of the dad from Seventh Heaven mixed with Jon Arbuckle from Garfield.

From a purely technical standpoint, the movie is brilliant. It introduces a new technique that, despite the film being released for nearly a decade, still has not been widely used at this point (I have no idea why). Essentially, the director often uses voice-overs and flashbacks of things that happened within the last 15 minutes so that the viewers won't forget about them. There are also two or three wacky and hilarious sound effects, all of which appear in the last ten minutes of running time (if you don't count the five minute long montage that recaps the entire film at the end).

But really, what do things like acting and directing matter if the movie's got no heart? Well, don't worry about that here; "Angel in Training" has got so much heart that yours is likely to burst from your chest cavity and ruin all your limited edition "Spy Cat" cels. If you don't think this is the feel-good movie of a lifetime, then... well, you'd better watch it! So in conclusion, I highly recommend watching "Angel in Training" not once, but a dozen times. It will only get better.

My father used to tell me, "A great movie is only great if it has dead people and cartoonists." Think about it.


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