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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.

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Blair Treu
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Cast

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
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Storyline

Handsome, considerate high-school jock Kyle Harding is the only taste the Wheaton sisters share. Tall, fashionable, popular airhead big sister is dating him, but fails to truly appreciate the young gentleman, let alone contemplate a serious relationship. Nerdy kid sister Haley hates the waste and expresses her envy by thoughtlessly wishing at a 'shooting star' (comet) 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, the sisters 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 Haley was confounded by Alexia. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wish Upon a Star See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The boyfriend of one of the sisters, who is also the star basketball player on the team, is actually an incredibly terrible basketball player in real life. Extremely uncoordinated. Filming had to be re-shot an extraordinary amount of times due to his lack of talent with a basketball. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 »

Soundtracks

On Mighty Wolverines
Written by Craig E. Ferrin
Performed by Hunter High School Band
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Be careful what you wish for...
2 April 2003 | by wafflemakerSee all my reviews

Be careful what you wish for; it just might come true. And in this movie it all does. A wonderfully entertaining movie and not just for kids. I first saw this movie when I was 18 and have loved it ever since. Not just a story about what it's like to wish you were someone else and find that once it comes true it's not all it's cracked up to be. It's also a tale about two sisters who learn not just about themselves but also about each other. For anyone who has a sibling they feel they can't relate to, this movie is a wonderful chance to see that it doesn't necessarily have to be that way. And while there are moments in the film where it seems hard to remember who's in which body or you realize that that person is not necessarily the one who needed to learn that particular lesson, the film's overall message is touching enough and so masterfully delivered that it hardly matters. And though the twist ending may not be a surprise to all, it still gets me every time. Katherine Heigl and Danielle Harris shine like stars. I just wish everyone enjoys the film as much as I did.


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