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You Wish! (2003)

Alex is a high school student who always feels like he is overshadowed by his little brother Stevie; he can't get the girl of his dreams; he and his two best friends, Abby and James, are ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Hoen

Writers:

Christopher Reed (teleplay), Cynthia Carle (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
A.J. Trauth ... Alex Lansing
Spencer Breslin ... Stevie Lansing / Terrence Russell McCormack
Lalaine ... Abby
Tim Reid ... Larry Pendragon
Sally Stockwell Sally Stockwell ... Pam Lansing
Peter Feeney ... Dave Lansing
Ari Boyland ... James Cooper
Emma Lahana ... Fiona
Joshua Leys ... Gary
Jay Ryan ... Charles (as Jay Bunyan)
Jodie Rimmer ... Zoe
Patrick Wilson Patrick Wilson ... Set Security Guy
Andrew Robertt ... Stage Manager (as Andrew Binns)
John Sumner ... Coach
Sheila Summers ... Teacher
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Storyline

Alex is a high school student who always feels like he is overshadowed by his little brother Stevie; he can't get the girl of his dreams; he and his two best friends, Abby and James, are outsiders at school; and he is constantly benched on his football team. Then Stevie receives a lucky coin from a strange old man, a coin which he gives to Alex, telling him to make a wish. The next day, Alex gets everything he ever wished for - Stevie is gone (in fact, he is the star of his own TV show, and his family don't even know him); Alex dates the most popular girl at school; he is one of the most popular kids himself; and he is the star of the football team. At first he enjoys his new life, only to later find out that everything that was great in his original life now is gone. Written by The Norwegian Rocker

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Certificate:

TV-G

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Country:

New Zealand | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Moedinha da Sorte See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

When Alex is trying to find his seat, he flips over several desks, and as he does so, there are no students in them. After he lands in his seat, there are students clapping and cheering for him. See more »

Quotes

Alex Lansing: Hi, Abby.
Fiona: Alex - what are you doing?
Alex Lansing: I'm saying hi to Abby.
FionaAbby: Why?
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Soundtracks

You Wish
Written by Jay Lazaroff and Erik Isaacs
Performed by Lalaine
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Better than the rest
3 January 2005 | by ARCHTECHFLSee all my reviews

I've noticed something about movies that Alan Sacks does for Disney Channel, like "The Color of Freedom", "Pixel Perfect", and this one: his movies seem to have real morals and are not thrillers for pre-teens like Poof Point or Phantom of the Megaplex. While the "what if" premise has been scripted to death, "You Wish!" was a nice distraction.

The lead, A.J. Trauth, was believable as a teen who is stuck between loving his brother and protecting his territory. Lalaine was okay as his best friend, but she had far too little screen time. The real surprise was to see Breslin, who I thought was okay in "The Kid", in this movie. Overall, I couldn't help feeling rushed by the plot. The touching moments of dialogue between Lalaine and AJ just seemed too few in number.

Overall, "You Wish!" is a TV movie, but a better TV movie than a lot of the fluff that Disney Channel puts out on the air waves. This one had a real moral that a lot of people forget about, so getting it into the kids' minds ASAP was okay with me.


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