Wish Upon A Star

  • 1997
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Comedy, Fantasy

This adolescent variation on FREAKY FRIDAY (1976) involves soul-personality transference between two dissimilar sisters; the comic entanglements move along a predictable pace. Fifteen-year-old Hayley Wheaton (Danielle Harris) shines academically but envies her attractive, airheaded 17-year-old sister, Alexia (Katherine Heigl). Hayley's jealousy isn't ameliorated...read more

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This adolescent variation on FREAKY FRIDAY (1976) involves soul-personality transference between two dissimilar sisters; the comic entanglements move along a predictable pace. Fifteen-year-old Hayley Wheaton (Danielle Harris) shines academically but envies her attractive, airheaded 17-year-old sister, Alexia (Katherine Heigl). Hayley's jealousy isn't ameliorated when Alexia dumps Kyle (Don Jeffcoat), the jock for whom Hayley pines. Hayley wishes on an evening star that she could have Alexia's opportunities and voila! The next morning, Hayley isn't herself; her personality now resides in Alexia's perfectly toned body. And valley girl Alexia now has the smarts of an Einstein. Unaccustomed to being valued for her looks, mousy Hayley shocks teachers with her Princess-like behavior. Alexia's snooty pals, who rigorously uphold the values of senior-class snobbery, can't fathom why Alexia breaks social protocol to befriend uncool Hayley and her friend Caitlin (Ivey Lloyd). Meanwhile, Kyle doesn't know whether he's coming or going, since Alexia — who's now really Hayley — is suddenly interested in him again. Classmates are dumbfounded when shy Hayley dances with abandon atop a lunch table and clotheshorse Alexia wears the same outfit two days in a row. Eventually, Alexia — in her Hayley guise — learns that self-esteem comes from accomplishment; Hayley enjoys being popular like Alexia but learns that real beauty comes from within. Having sorted that out, will the siblings ever magically switch back? The film's eminently worthy life lessons are buried in a whirlpool of double takes and chaotic slapstick and both young stars radiate the kind of forced ingenue that makes your teeth hurt.

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: This adolescent variation on FREAKY FRIDAY (1976) involves soul-personality transference between two dissimilar sisters; the comic entanglements move along a predictable pace. Fifteen-year-old Hayley Wheaton (Danielle Harris) shines academically but envies… (more)

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