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"The Wizard" stars The Wonder Years star, Fred Savage as Corey Woods. Corey is trying to save his younger brother from being institutionalized. Luke Edwards plays The Wizard, aka Jimmy Woods; an emotionally crippled little boy who has trouble articulating his thoughts.
The first 10 or 15 minutes of the movie are somewhat slow-moving. But it really picks up once Corey and Jimmy hit the road and meet Haley. Eighties tween-movie maven, Jenny Lewis plays the part of the very grown-up Haley extraordinarily. They all finally come up with a plan once they see Jimmy ace a video game at a bus station.
So, Jimmy, Haley and Corey all set out to hitch across 3 states (UT and NV) to make it to the video game championships (in CA.) I know this is a little far-fetched and maybe even a little screw-ballish. But think of it from a kid's perspective (after all this is a kid's movie.) Along the way, they have a few adventures in Reno while Jimmy bones up on his gaming. They also have to dodge Tate. Vince Trankina plays Tate, a smarmy detective hired by Jimmy's parents to track him down. It was so funny when Haley screamed, "he touched my breasts" and the security men all carry him out of the casino before he could run off with Jimmy!
They all finally make it to CA, with the help of a trucker that Haley has befriended. Once at the championships, Corey's father and brother also show up looking for them (Christian Slater played Nick & Beau Bridges played Sam Woods.Read more ›
"The Wizard" is about as shameless as commercial films get but it is entertaining. Having the top male TV heart throb in a movie that pretty much advertises every Nintendo game ever made at the time is sure to make a nice amount of bank. Throwing in Christian Slater wasn't a bad touch either. This ranks right up there with "True Romance" as his finest performance. The surprise cameo appearance by the never-before-seen "Super Mario Bros. 3" was impressive in its own right.
I was just thinking of that quote where Lucas takes out his Power Glove and says "I love the power glove.... it's so bad" when I saw that quote mentioned in a review below. That is no doubt a line that will live on for eternity.
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One of my favs as a kid. Genius gamer taken to the Gaming Championships-as only you can in the 80s (SUPER MARIO!!)- but i love these kids adventure to get there. Read morePublished 5 days ago by ElyonChild3
The Wizard is such a memorable nostalgic movie from the 80's. Came out in the perfect time when Nintendo was in the height of its popularity. Read morePublished 20 days ago by G. Watson
Supremely 80s and just the hint of the start of the 90s. My next screenplay is heavily inspired by this masterpiece.Published 1 month ago by Matt Mitchell
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I am so happy, it is difficult to describe! Although I doubt this will have any DVD extras, it is the perfect slice of Americana for anyone who wants to understand our MTV generation.
Jul 18, 2006 by Matthew J. Rygelski | See all 2 posts
|I love the power glove||
best line in the movie...
Jul 1, 2009 by Lo | See all 3 posts
Yep, I have it right next to me.
Apr 4, 2007 by Geoff McNulty | See all 2 posts
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