Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wish Upon a Star (1996) [PG] **




13 Going on 30 meets 10 Things I Hate About You in this story of two teenaged sisters, the younger of whom secretly wishes she could be her older sister. When she gets her wish, it's quite a shock at first, but gradually the two girls each learn how difficult it is to walk in another person's shoes, even if that person is her sister. Katherine Heigl plays Alexia, a high school senior, and Danielle Harris plays Hayley, her sophomore sister.

Both girls have the acting talent to give thoughtful, impassioned performances. Unfortunately, while the film's concept is intriguing, the unfocused screenplay by Jessica Barondes (her first writing credit) and casual direction by Blair Treu (her second directing credit) just do not deliver, and it is only in the final ten minutes of the film that it lives up to its full potential, and gets its message across. As a note, Jessica Barondes' third screenwriting credit is for Lucky Seven, a delightful romantic comedy starring Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Patrick Dempsey. Wish Upon a Star will no doubt be appreciated by teenage girls and their mothers, and by fans of Katherine Heigl who are curious about how talented an actress she was in 1996, when she was only eighteen.


Labels: comedy, family, fantasy

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