16 Wishes (2010)
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Rule number one about watching a made-for-TV film is you should never expect it to be excellent. Thats exactly why they never get nominated for Oscars and you never see the film's title appear at the marquee of your local multiplex. One of the best examples of low-grade TV movies is the 2010 Disney Channel Original Movie, "16 Wishes" starring Debby Ryan.
In "16 Wishes", Debby Ryan plays a girl named Abby who is about to turn sixteen years old and dreams of making the most out of it. She has a list of sixteen wishes that she wants to become true. One of them is to be treated better. However, without any plot development whatsoever, Abby is considered an adult by her parents and peers and is forced to leave her house and purchase her own, buy a car, and get a job. As a result, Abby is treated as an adult. The rest of the film has the protagonist trying to work the problem out.
Debby Ryan is okay in this movie. I also she thinks she pretty cute. Shes not a hot actress like Ashley Greene or Olivia Wilde but she is one of those people I would take out on a date. The way she acts in this movie looks like shes trying to cope with the film's mediocrity. How were the supporting cast? Don't get me started!
The script was really gay and the film is 100% predictable. Also, the jokes are forced and unfunny. There is a running gag in the film that shows one of the protagonist's friends appearing in the most mundane places with a different occupation. One minute we'll see her as a band geek and ten minutes later she's a crossing guard. Its funny the first two times and then it gets tiring. See what I mean by these jokes?
The reason why I sat down to watch this perplexes me. This is one of those type of movies you find on TV when nothing else is on but then regret watching it. I do regret watching this. This movie is not worth laying your eyes on. It just really isn't worth it. I feel like the movie critic ducks who watch "Meet the Parents" in that Seth Macfarlane short.
Not even the word, "poor", can describe the film.
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The movie is typical Disney fare starring Debby Ryan as Abby who is celebrating her 16th birthday. She wants it to be the perfect day but things start out all wrong, until she receives a box of Sweet 16 Birthday Candles, each of which corresponds to a wish on her list. As her wishes come true, her day gets better and better until she makes a wish that changes everything and helps her finally understand that being a kid isn't so bad. Responsibilities will come soon enough.
16 Wishes conveys positive messages about being a good friend, being careful what you wish for, and remembering the important things in life. Also, Abby learns that being a kid has its perks, and there is no need to grow up too fast. Cute and fluffy! Teens would love it.
Debby Ryan's character is very annoying in the beginning, but I guess that is the point. As she gets deeper into her wishes and changing people and events she starts to grow on you and you really hope she figures out what she is doing. After being magically aged things take a crazy turn for the unbelievable and get her back on track to having the best 16th birthday ever.
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