A Simple Wish

Little Anabel (Wilson) loves New York, but her careworn dad (a widower) threatens to drag her off to Nebraska if he doesn't get the lead in a Broadway musical. Enter Murray (Short), the first male fairy godmother, and hopeless to boot. Anabel's confused about her wishes, and with the appearance of megalomaniac Claudia (Turner) - a good godmother turned bad - it seems like curtains. Murray looks interesting (think Emo Phillips impaled on Maurice Gibb's teeth), but is he a super-modern wit or the traditional lovable clown? It might've been nice if he'd become emotionally connected to Anabel or, indeed, to any of the other characters. His antics, however, are uninvolving, and Claudia, though a similarly lazy construct, steals the show. Like Frankenstein, director Ritchie has begged and borrowed from too many sources.

Release details

Duration: 89 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michael Ritchie
Screenwriter: Jeff Rothberg
Cast: Martin Short
Kathleen Turner
Mara Wilson
Robert Pastorelli
Amanda Plummer
Francis Capra
Ruby Dee
Teri Garr

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Bruce013

An interesting film, with the lovely Mara Wilson, who plays sweet little Anabel, whose simple wish that her Dad gets the lead in a stage play becomes complicated. Lots of mayhem. Mara is adorable as always.

Bruce013

An interesting film, with the lovely Mara Wilson, who plays sweet little Anabel, whose simple wish that her Dad gets the lead in a stage play becomes complicated. Lots of mayhem. Mara is adorable as always.