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A Simple Wish (1997)

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This comic children's fantasy from director Michael Ritchie stars Mara Wilson as eight-year-old New Yorker Anabel, who wishes that her father Oliver (Robert Pastorelli), a hansom cab driver in Central Park, would see his dream come true. In a thinly veiled jab at the overblown stage productions of Andrew Lloyd Weber, Oliver aspires to be cast in the lead role in a new big-budget musical based on A Tale of Two Cities. Anabel's wish is received by Murray (Martin Short), the very first male fairy godmother, a bumbler who predictably botches the spell fulfilling Anabel's wish, turning Oliver into a statue instead. In order to reverse the mistake, Murray needs help from his union, the North American Fairy Godmothers Association (NAFGA), which is holding a convention in Manhattan. Enter Claudia (Kathleen Turner), a scheming former fairy godmother turned witch, who steals the attendees' magic wands, intending to use their magic in a bid for power. A Simple Wish (1997) was one of four films representing the initial slate of The Bubble Factory, a movie production house assembled by the theater world's Sheinberg family. Their other films were The Pest (1997), McHale's Navy (1997), and For Richer or Poorer (1997).
Rating:
PG (For mild language.)
Genre:
Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Universal Pictures

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Cast

Martin Short
as Murray
Mara Wilson
as Anabel
Francis Capra
as Charlie
Alan Campbell
as Tony Sable
Jonathan Hadary
as Lord Richard
Teri Garr
as Rena
Ruby Dee
as Hortense
Clare Coulter
as Ms. Bramble
Neil Foster
as Manny
Jack McGee
as Officer O'York
Lillian Ritchie
as Schoolgirl
Miriam Ritchie
as Schoolgirl
H.D. Trayer
as German Tourist
Sabine Thomson
as German Tourist
Peter Linari
as German Tourist
Maja Niles
as German Tourist
David Crean
as Tony's Agent
Bunty Webb
as Fairy Godmother
Valerie Boyle
as Fairy Godmother
Barbara Stewart
as Fairy Godmother
Kathryn Kirkpatrick
as Fairy Godmother
Adam David
as Sable's Chauffeur
Rick Fox
as Pianist
Derek Carkner
as Shaw's Assistant
Henry Gomez
as Investor
Frank Cee
as Vendor
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Critic Reviews for A Simple Wish

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

Not even Short can make A Simple Wish memorable, often looking as though he's merely surviving the work, stripped of his killer instinct.

Full Review… | March 14, 2014
Blu-ray.com

Above average kids movie. The girl has real brains, which is great for kids to see.

July 14, 2003
About.com

It's not brilliant or for adults, but it's a nice, pleasant movie you can pretend to be eight years old with.

June 14, 2001

The ensuing comic clash between inept Murray and smarmy Claudia is almost as funny as 'Long Day's Journey Into Night,' and every bit as magical.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Kalamazoo Gazette

Audience Reviews for A Simple Wish

A so-so movie about a kid who makes a wish and it comes true. It's pretty predictable, and not very funny.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

slightly lame but mara wilson is adorable.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

Cute movie.

Rachel F
Rachel F

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