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Wish Upon a Star (1996)

A younger sister wishes to switch places with her popular older sister and the two bickering siblings awaken to find the wish has come true.


Blair Treu
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Katherine Heigl ... Alexia Wheaton
Danielle Harris ... Hayley Wheaton
Donnie Jeffcoat ... Kyle Harding
Scott Wilkinson Scott Wilkinson ... Ben Wheaton
Mary Parker Williams Mary Parker Williams ... Nan Wheaton
Lois Chiles ... Mittermonster
Ivey Lloyd Mitchell ... Caitlin Sheinbaum (as Ivey Lloyd)
Matthew Barker ... Simon (as Matt Barker)
Jacque Gray ... Kazumi
Kari White ... Talley (as Kari Petersen)
January Sorensen January Sorensen ... Sabrina
Dane Stevens Dane Stevens ... Mr. Frauenfleder (as Duane V. Stephens)
Mark Hofeling Mark Hofeling ... Mr. Watson
Trevor Black ... Photographer
Emily Klindt Emily Klindt ... Senior Class President


Handsome, considerate high school jock Kyle Harding is the only taste the Wheaton sisters share. Tall, fashionable, popular airhead big sister Alexia is dating him, but fails to truly appreciate him, let alone contemplate a serious relationship. Her nerdy kid sister, Hayley, hates the waste and expresses her envy by thoughtlessly wishing at a shooting star to be Alexia. To their stupor, that happens the next morning. Forced to live each other's lives, but unable to do it well by the other's standards, they soon hate each other even more and deliberately screw up. Gradually, they realize they would only both lose out, learn to appreciate the other's values, and reconsider their own. Remain the matters of obviously utterly confused Kyle, and new neighbor boy, Simon, whose no longer secret crush on Hayley was confounded by Alexia. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


I Wish I May, I Wish I Might, Become My Sister For A Night!


Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and mild sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


The band Moonpools & Caterpillars are the music group performing their original song "Hear" during the big dance. See more »


When Alexia (as Haley) is grabbing the boombox before school, it has two tape decks, but when she uses the boombox at school, it only has one tape deck. See more »


Alexia Wheaton: [Hayley in Alexia's body, watching Alexia in her body dancing on the cafeteria table, grabs Kyle] Oh, Kyle you're such a good kisser. Give me another hickey, baby!
[starts to maul Kyle]
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Alternate Versions

None of these scenes appear in any released version of the film, but are mentioned by the director during the DVD commentary. See more »


Performed by Moonpools & Caterpillars
Written by Gugut Salgado, Tim de Pala (as Tim Depala), Jay Jay Encarnacion (as Efren Encarnacion), Kimi Encarnacion (as Kim Ward Encarnacion)
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shockingly good disney tv flick
11 November 2001 | by kreeperSee all my reviews

i stumbled upon this surfing through the channels-i only stopped because i think katherine heigl is gorgeous! i was not prepared for much-considering the fact that this is a tv mivie by disney, and a body switching plot did not add much to my expectations. imagine my shock that this is a delightful movie and ms heigl has risen way up on my list of talented young actresses. not to miss out on ms harris, who i was not familiar with but is also quite good. a little (but very little) of disney predictability and a very minimum of cliches made me give this a '9' instead of '10'-but i say without hesitation-see this movie! you will be glad very entertained and very happy you gave it a shot!

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Release Date:

12 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wish Upon a Star See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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