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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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December 2014 (USA) See more »

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

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Based on a novella by Wally Lamb, many of the movie's scenes are filmed at Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, Connecticut, a high school at which Lamb used to teach. See more »


Features Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) See more »

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Too funny for words!
24 November 2014 | by laurene777See all my reviews

I laughed so hard that noise didn't come out of my mouth. This movie brought back so many wonderful childhood memories because the situations were realistic and probably common to most of us. My husband stayed awake through it all, and I know it had to be entertaining to keep his attention.

It was a joy seeing the local High School being used in the movie. I also enjoyed all the vintage design elements of the 1960's era; the way the kitchen table was set, clothing, hairstyles, Christmas decorations, cars, etc. I know we take these elements for granted when we see a film, but these folks really thought things through to the tiniest details.

The cast did a great job. We were especially impressed with the children because they were so believable in their parts. Wally Lamb's upbeat personality showed through in his book and in this movie. He acknowledged that he included a little bit of his own childhood.

We all have our favorite Christmas movies; ones that we enjoy seeing with family and friends, movies that inspire us and help us reflect on what's important in life. I think Wishin And Hopin could be the new Christmas classic because it meets all that criteria.

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