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The Third Wish (2005)

PG | | Romance, Comedy | 22 April 2005 (USA)
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Bookshop clerk Maggie (Mattison) is granted three wishes after she finds a first-edition copy of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations.


Shelley Jensen


Jenna Mattison





Credited cast:
Jenna Mattison ... Maggie Malone
Sean Maguire ... Brandon
Armand Assante ... Benefactor
Jennifer Blanc-Biehn ... Candy (as Jennifer Blanc)
Betty White ... Lettie
James Avery ... George
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arturo Anderson Arturo Anderson ... Library patron #1
Mindy Cohn ... Bridgette
Robert Costanzo ... Mr. forelli
Susan Egan ... Audrey
Larry Feurzeig Larry Feurzeig ... Clothing Store Salesman
Richard Gunn ... Heckler
Ronnie Marmo ... Sam
Terry Scannell Terry Scannell ... Maitre d
Bret Shepard Bret Shepard ... Neighbor


The rags to riches story of Maggie Malone, an aspiring author who finds a rare edition of Great Expectations in the bookstore where she works. A seemingly magical book, Maggie is granted three wishes...or so she thinks. The true magic is actually being orchestrated by a mysterious benefactor, who has commissioned a handsome Oxford lawyer to guide her through a Cinderella-like transformation. The cynical Maggie soon finds herself spellbound by her dashing escort...and believing in the very fairy tales she writes about. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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When you have great expectations...anything is possible.


Romance | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language


Official Sites:

Skyway Studios





Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A harmadik kívánság See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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An engaging cast and a fine concept make up for the film's somewhat erratic execution
21 February 2013 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Maggie (Jenna Mattison) is a free-spirited, aspiring writer in San Francisco. Although the city is a very expensive place to live, Maggie has two advantages over others. First, she doesn't own a car, being able to bicycle to work at a used bookstore. Second, her landlord adores her, so if she is late on the rent, at times, he doesn't evict her. Her only companion is a cat, for Mags doesn't want a romance in her life whatsoever. You see, her mother died when she was four and her father promptly gave her up for adoption. Her heart still stings, badly. She does have some galfriends, who are married ladies with busy agendas, and she is close to her boss, Lettie (Betty White), even though they work different shifts. O lucky day, however, when our Maggie uncovers an Aladdin type lamp in a desk at work. Rubbing it, she makes some wishes. Not long after this, in a very ancient copy of Great Expectations, Maggie first finds a ticket to a magic show. Then, a flight pass for a birdseye view of the city arrives next. There, two wishes granted. But, while waiting for the third, a handsome gentleman, Brandon (Sean Maguire) comes to the store and announces that Maggie has a secret "benefactor". Soon after, with Sean's help, Mags gets new clothes, a posh car, even a new apartment. But, the one thing Maggie can't learn is WHO the Daddy Warbucks-type really is. It's forbidden, Brandon says. Moreover, along with her other lucky new acquisitions, Maggie may be getting a romantic admirer in Brandon. Will she let a man into her heart? Finally, will her benefactor ever appear? This modern take on the Dickens classic GE has its charm, mostly due to its engaging leads. Mattison is a vibrant rebel while Maguire, who resembles Guy Pearce, is quite fine as her seeming opposite. White, as usual, is her great lovable self while the supporting cast, including Armand Assante, is nice as well. Then, too, the setting is great, as the Golden Gate City is wonderfully attractive, while costumes and photography keep pace. Therefore, the movie's weak points are its uneven script and direction. From one scene to the next, the action goes from sublime to somewhere above ridiculous but nowhere near successful. Nonetheless, fans of romantic comedy will adore it and, as the target audience, they will overlook any deficiencies.

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