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Wishin' and Hopin' (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | December 2014 (USA)
Based on the New York Times best-selling Christmas novel by Wally Lamb comes the new Christmas classic, starring Molly Ringwald and featuring Chevy Chase.


Colin Theys


John Doolan (screenplay), Wally Lamb (original story)
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Credited cast:
Chevy Chase ... Adult Felix (voice)
Molly Ringwald ... Madame Frechette
Conchata Ferrell ... Sister Agrippina
Annabella Sciorra ... Ma
Danny Nucci ... Pa
Sosie Bacon ... Frances Funicello
Meat Loaf ... Monsignor Muldoon
Cheri Oteri ... Sister Dymphna
Blanche Baker ... Mother Filomena
Camila Banus ... Simone Funicello
Jesse James ... Chino
Krysta Rodriguez ... Annette Funicello
Quinn McColgan ... Rosalie Twerski
Colin Critchley ... Danny
Brianna Denski ... Jackie Durham


Based on the New York Times best-selling novel by award-winning author Wally Lamb. A vivid slice of 1960s life, Wishin' and Hopin' is a wise-and-witty holiday tale that celebrates where we've been-and how far we've come. In the small town of Three Rivers, Connecticut, we go straight into the halls of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School with Felix Funicello, a Catholic school fifth-grader in 1964, whose claim to fame is his cousin Annette Funicello, the famous Mouseketeer and teen movie queen. But grammar and arithmetic move to the back burner this holiday season with the sudden arrivals of substitute teacher Madame Frechette and feisty Russian student Zhenya Kabakova. While Felix learns the meaning of French kissing, cultural misunderstanding, and tableaux vivants, Wishin' and Hopin' barrels toward one outrageous Christmas! Written by Anonymous

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christmas | black stockings | See All (2) »


Comedy | Drama


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December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wally Lamb's Wishin' and Hopin' See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The epilogue is slightly different than it was in the novel. Wally Lamb contributed a lot of new ideas for the characters, and includes nods to the cast and crew in the altered stories. Felix, becoming a Professor at Wesleyan University, is a reference to Director Colin Theys and Cinematographer Catherine Goldschmidt, who attended Wesleyan. See more »


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Wishin and Hopin Holiday Classic
7 December 2014 | by jeff-americanSee all my reviews

While watching this film, the question of "Holiday Classic" kept coming to mind. First, we thoroughly enjoyed watching this film as a family. The story line is entertaining throughout. The pace is lively and engaging. The slice of time, along with vibrant writing helps bring nostalgia to the forefront. The bits of coming of age humor make the film just edgy enough to keep you surprised. The film has the feel of "A Christmas Story" without repeating it. The seasoned actors such as Molly Ringwald and Conchata Ferrell were great, but I think the young actors such as Wyatt Ralff, Quinn McColgan and Siobhan Cohen helped cement this film into Holiday Classic status.

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