Teen movie that falls between a classic Disney production and a teenager movie, capturing the essence of both into a film that is not only entertaining for a teen, but for a family as a whole.
Release Date: 12 November 1996 (USA)
Director: Blair Treu
Writer: Jessica Barondes
Cast: Katherine Heigl, Danielle Harris, Donnie Jeffcoat
A film targeted at the average teenager, Wish Upon A Star is a movie that falls between a classic Disney production and a teenager movie, capturing the essence of both into a film that is not only entertaining for a teen, but for a family as a whole. Directed by Blair Treu and written by Jessica Barondes, Wish Upon A Star is a lighthearted comedy that shares resemblance to movies that have had a similar storyline. However, the movie is above the average teen movie and apart from being entertaining, has some great acting skills that have been put together to make a film that is certainly going to be accepted by all age groups.
Alexia Wheaton (Katherine Heigl) and Hayley Wheaton (Danielle Harris) are sisters, but with a marked difference in personalities. They are not the greatest of siblings and hardly seem to like each other. While Alexia, the older of the two sisters, is a beautiful young girl, always fashionably dressed and with a steady boyfriend, Hayley a 15-year old teenager is starkly opposite in character. She does not have the good looks of her older sister and nor is she fashion conscious. She is more of a studious kind with an interest in math and science and no time for boys and no time for fun either. However, Hayley wishes to be like Alexia, beautiful and attractive.
So every time Hayley sees a star, she wishes upon it to make her change places with Alexia. It finally happens one night when before going to sleep, Hayley wishes upon a star to change places with her sister. In the morning when the girls wake up, true to the traditional fairytale wish come true style, the girls have had a switch of places. Hayley is very happy at first, as her dream has been realized and she can now live every moment of her sister’s life as she had enjoyed it before the transformation. She also gets to date Alexia’s boyfriend Kyle (Don Jeffcoat). What more could she ask for! Alexia on the other hand is horrified by the transformation and cannot see herself living the boring life of her little sister whose life only revolves around books and her studies and with no enjoyment whatsoever.
However, as the story proceeds each girl sees the other sister’s perspective of life. They begin to understand each other and things take a turn for the different. Wish Upon A Star is not just an entertaining movie; it has a point too. The two sisters who start off as almost hating each other, have a changed notion of the other by the time we get to the end of the movie. A bonding that was non-existent in the beginning starts to build up after their great transformation where they step into each other’s shoes and live life in the other’s lifestyle. The story is clean and straightforward and hence the movie is suitable for viewing by people of all age groups.
The acting is terrific, delivered by both Katherine Heigl and Danielle Harris, who we know have gone onto featuring in greater hits. As for Wish Upon A Star, it is one of those movies that are enjoyed on a lighthearted tone, with not much thought to the nature of the script. We all have a hidden childhood instinct in us and films such as these kindle that very instinct, making you enjoy a film that may be way behind your mental level. However movies such as these can be quite entertaining and can make you live your childhood once again.