A Simple Wish
A Simple Wish (1997)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 11, 1997
DVD Release Date: June 30, 1998
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Brian Orndorf

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

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

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.

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Fred Topel

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

Karina Montgomery

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
A so-so movie about a kid who makes a wish and it comes true. It's pretty predictable, and not very funny.
Dean McKenna
Martin Short is a weird as a bumbling fairy godmother in this modern fairy comedy movie.
Jennifer Xu
slightly lame but mara wilson is adorable.
Deb S
Martin Short plays a bumbling fairy godmother to little Mara Wilson, who makes a wish that her actor-father (Robert Pastorelli) finds success. Anabel quickly… More
Rachel F
Cute movie.
Sunil Jawahir
A fun little fantasy world movie.

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