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Wish Upon a Star [DVD] [1996] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Katherine Heigl , Danielle Harris , Blair Treu    DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Katherine Heigl, Danielle Harris, Donnie Jeffcoat, Scott Wilkinson, Mary Parker Williams
  • Directors: Blair Treu
  • Writers: Jessica Barondes
  • Producers: David Anderson, Don Schain, H.E. Scruggs
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Aug 2001
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005M2C3
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,007 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teenage Flashbacks!! 31 Mar 2008
I remember watching this film when I about 13/14 and I loved it. Its along the lines of freaky friday but with sister rivalry and adhorrence, their actions to spite the other one has major comical outcomes.
If you enjoy a good cheesey chick-flick then this is deffinitely one to watch. Once a good film always a good film...its just killing me I don't have a multi-region DVD player. BRING IT OUT ON REGION 2 PLEASE!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Role Reversal Wish Fulfillment Film 10 Aug 2011
By GratuitousViolets TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
My Thoughts: This is your garden variety wish fulfillment film that stars then up-and-comer Katherine Heigl and Halloween 4 and 5's Danielle Harris. The acting here is hammy at best, the dialogue unrealistic and oddly out of character and the storyline has been played a zillion times before and after this release. Saying that, I remembered watching this when I was in my teens and actually enjoying it, perhaps identifying more with the characters then rather than now.

Your kids might like it, but as an adult, it holds very little appeal.

The Story: The Wheaton sisters find themselves at odds. Alexia, the beautiful, popular but pretentious snob and high school senior sweetheart is reluctant to see eye-to-eye with her shorter, un-pretty and un-popular poindexter of a younger sister, Hayley. Hayley is miserable with her unglamorous life and jealous of Alexia, especially when Alexia gets to cruise around school on the arm of the gorgeous Kyle Harding. Alexia, on the other hand, adores her own life to the point of putting herself on a pedistal which has left very little time to work on any academic projects, leaving her about to flunk her classes so horribly that she will lose her chance to go to college.

While star gazing for science class, Hayley spots a shooting star, and makes a heartfelt wish that she would like to be Alexia, a wish that the next morning both girls are horrified to see has been granted. Hayley finds herself in her tall beautiful sister's body while Alexia is stuck in her short and frumpy sister's form. Soon they realise that the situation cannot be reversed and they will need to take on each other's lives until the next shooting star will give Hayley the opportunity to fix the damage she has done. But with so much rivalry between two sisters and the opportunity to throw each other's lives out of balance, things may just go to the extreme.
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112 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Film 25 May 2000
By Jeffrey Leach - Published on
O.K., let me explain myself. I'm a 29 year old male. I am a big fan of extreme horror films, and find most films along the lines of Disney fare as worthless pap or worse. Having established that, I was flipping through the channels one Sunday and stumbled over this little gem on the Disney channel. I left it on figuring I could smirk and do a "MST3K" treatment on the movie. Incredibly, I found myself drawn to the characters and the movie. Even to this day I still check the monthly TV bulletin we get to see if it's on. In fact, it's on as I write this review. I actually taped the film, something I almost never do. What can I say? I'm not made of stone, folks.
The best thing in this film by far is Danielle Harris. What a major babe! Man! Not only is she a great actress, she is so attractive and vivacious that the viewer is drawn into the film and really cares what happens to her character. Most would probably argue that Katherine Heigl is a knock-out, and she is pretty, but Harris manages to steal the movie. But it's really not about looks. Both of these fine actresses manage to turn in a stellar performance. Just thinking about some of their scenes brings a smile to my face.
The movie is a sort of "Feaky Friday" type of film, but this one is much more fun, as well as updated into the '90's. Another thing that is great about it is that it's a clean film. Any parents that are reading this: try and find this for your kids. They will probably thank you for it.
Just so I don't make this a long rant on the wonderous abilities of Danielle Harris, (Did I mention she steals the movie?) did anyone notice how great the band was that played at the dance? How many films have you seen where the band at the dance totally sucks? Not in this film! That alone earns the movie five stars. Wish Upon a Star is a rare film. I suspect alot of people would get a kick out of this movie.
This movie is smart, funny, and upbeat. Amazon, find some copies! And Ms. Harris, if you are ever filming in Omaha, look me up!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Entertaining! 23 Feb 2007
By Janine Hannah - Published on
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I first knew about this movie from a friend's recommendation. I love Grey's Anatomy and Izzie is my favorite in it so I wanted to watch Katherine Heigl's previous work. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by it. While the story is undoubtedly cliched, the girls' performances were great.

I liked Danielle Harris in this movie. She's funny and cute. She did both Hayley and Alexia-as-Hayley very well, especially the latter. That table dance at the cafeteria was hilarious! I do think that Katherine stole the movie, however. She had the harder job of playing a shy, insecure little girl trapped in a tall, gorgeous body but she did a beautiful job of it. Her every shy smile and excited squeal leaves us in no doubt that it is actually Hayley in Alexia's body. I especially loved the part when they were taking the Princesses' pictures for the paper and she was making these outrageous faces. I forgot how funny Katherine can be. It really makes me think her comedic talents are being underused in her show, but that's another story.

A small piece of trivia: Danielle Harris played the younger sister but she is actually a year-and-a-half older that Katherine Heigl. It made sense to reverse the girls' roles. Katherine is not only at least a foot taller than Danielle, she is also has the quintessential 'popular girl' look. Besides, since they were supposed to have switched bodies, each of them were playing their own age for most of the movie anyway. I think the girls were perfectly cast.

The supporting cast were also great. I especially enjoyed the performance of the actress who played their mother. She played her part as a mother torn between her motherly instincts and 'the experiment' convincingly. The rest of the cast really didn't have enough scenes to develop their characters but that's okay since the movie was about the sisters anyway. They did a good enough job given what little material they had.

Too bad they don't make wholesome movies like this anymore. We need more good, clean, funny movies like this.
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised and thrilled 11 July 2001
By "gilliannw3" - Published on
I'm not a big fan of the Disney Channel. In fact, I feel that Disney in general has been slowly degrading in the last few years. I happened across *Wish Upon A Star* on TV by chance and I thought it looked as cheesy as anything...but it turned out to be a beautiful movie. The story was universal. Who *hasn't* wished they were someone else? Especially their sibling, who seems to have everything they lack? And of course the magic of Disney can make it happen...sounds kind of dumb; but it was great. The acting was really good, especially Harris and Heigl; it was totally believable. The other more minor characters were typically Disney cute, yet that not only offset the sisters' profound characterizations, but lent the movie a lovable touch. I don't mean that the sisters were shockingly original or even that their characters are very deep and realistic. "Brainy plain Jane" and "boy-crazy fashion plate"? Where have we heard that before? However, the actors themselves were wonderful, and they really made the sister relationship come alive. They were sisters, and it was real and it was beautiful. As ever, the modern Disney personality - cute wacky craziness, healthy, hearty, but often insecure people - asserts itself. But because you like the characters, it's totally okay. In fact it actually is funny and interesting and riveting because there's substance behind it. Hailey and Alexis' wacky exploits by which they try to outdo each other, ruin each others' image, are hilarious. It's true that this movie was stereotypical to the extreme --- a good-looking basketball star going out with the homecoming queen shoo-in, a shy, dorky best friend, three snobby followers of the most popular girl in school, even the severe, uptight school principal who's secretly a real person (as outgoing as any Disney character). Yet this movie really worked. *Wish Upon A Star* made me laugh and snicker, and conversely, smile and get teary. Strangely, it was stereotypical, yet lacked all pretense.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is anyone listening to all who want this movie on video? 25 Nov 2000
By John Moore - Published on
Seems like most everyone who has written something here about this movie, just happened upon it just like the shooting star which was wished upon. While working out of town, I flipped on the TV in my motel room, and was captured by "Wish Upon A Star" on Disney. I had no idea what it was, I missed the first few minutes of the show, but it was GREAT! I don't have cable, so I can't watch Disney in hopes of catching it again, and I would REALLY LOVE to have this movie on VHS or DVD. I don't think that siblings often enough realize just what it is like to be in the other's place, having to deal with things from another view. This movie was absolutly great, and I can't say that enough..and yes, having no idea who Danielle Harris was, she was excellent in this movie.
SO, if someone is out there listening to us..DISNEY, PLEASE bring this movie into home video production! Or produce more of them or something! It has in some way touched lives, and it will continue to do so, but only if we could all have it to own, to show our own children, or to keep the riminder with us, that everything is NOT as it sometimes seems to be.
5 stars to "Wish Upon A Star"
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 sisters trade places by wishing upon a star 4 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on
One night i was over at my friedns house and she was like i saw this really good movie with my kid sister. i was thinking what a dumb movie this must be. then i saw it and it was soo good. it is now my favorite movie in the world.
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