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      A Simple Wish

      PG Released Jul 11, 1997 1h 29m Kids & Family Fantasy List
      25% Tomatometer 16 Reviews 41% Audience Score 50,000+ Ratings Eight-year-old Annabel (Mara Wilson) is rooting for her father, Oliver (Robert Pastorelli), to get the lead part in a new musical, but he doesn't have the same name recognition as arrogant actor Tony Sable (Alan Campbell). When Murray (Martin Short), the first-ever male fairy godmother, is sent to help Annabel, he bungles the wish badly and turns her dad into a statue in Central Park. Meanwhile, evil Claudia (Kathleen Turner), long forbidden the use of magic due to her greed, plots revenge. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Globe and Mail Rated: 2.5/4 Apr 12, 2002 Full Review Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle Rated: 3.5/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times A Simple Wish has assembled all the trinkets and effects necessary for its story, without bothering to tell one. Rated: 1.5/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Brian Orndorf Blu-ray.com Not even Short can make A Simple Wish memorable, often looking as though he's merely surviving the work, stripped of his killer instinct. Rated: D+ Mar 14, 2014 Full Review Chuck O'Leary Fantastica Daily Rated: 2/5 Oct 8, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Aug 21, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      StephenPaul C The greatest 01 hour: and 29 minutes ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/13/23 Full Review steve d Only the kids will like it. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member The greatest 01 hour: and 29 minutes ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member Funniest Mara Wilson movie ever, for all ages!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member I loved this movie as a child. It's so sweet and heartfelt with a goofy main character that you can't help but love. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member It isn't as consistently entertaining as Matilda, has one of Mara Wilson's weaker performances (she was still dealing with her mother's unfortunate death at the time of filming) and just lacks the same whimsy as some other fantasy comedies though there are some good scenes with the father and daughter, enjoyable effects and occasional laughs even if it doesn't have enough charm to win over anyone over the age of 10. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Eight-year-old Annabel (Mara Wilson) is rooting for her father, Oliver (Robert Pastorelli), to get the lead part in a new musical, but he doesn't have the same name recognition as arrogant actor Tony Sable (Alan Campbell). When Murray (Martin Short), the first-ever male fairy godmother, is sent to help Annabel, he bungles the wish badly and turns her dad into a statue in Central Park. Meanwhile, evil Claudia (Kathleen Turner), long forbidden the use of magic due to her greed, plots revenge.
      Director
      Michael Ritchie
      Producer
      Bill Sheinberg, Jonathan Sheinberg, Sid Sheinberg
      Screenwriter
      Jeff Rothberg
      Distributor
      Universal Pictures
      Production Co
      Universal Pictures, The Bubble Factory
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Kids & Family, Fantasy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 11, 1997, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 7, 2015
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $8.1M
      Runtime
      1h 29m
      Sound Mix
      DTS, Surround
      Aspect Ratio
      35mm, Flat (1.85:1)
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