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Seventeen-year-old Alexia hasn't been herself lately. Neither has fifteen-year-old Hayley. But it'snot puberty that's causing the commotion. It's something a bit more complicated. Hayley (Danielle Harris, Urban Legend ) is an average teenager, a grungy braniac with no fashion sense. The only thingaverage about her sister, Alexia, (Katherine Heigl of TV's "Roswell") is her grades. But there's nothing average about the sibling rivalry that explodes when a wish makes them switch places. Hayley is ecstatic: the car keys, the guys, the cool friends - suddenly they're all hers. And Alexia gets...well, Alexia gets as mad as you'd expect for a pretty and popular teenage girl in this situation. After all, life among the clueless Hayleys of the world is no life for someone blessed with a gift foraccessorizing. But, after a couple of days in each other's shoes, Hayley and Alexia begin to understand each other - and themselves - better. Now their biggest problem is finding a way to reverse thewish

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  • Actors: Katherine Heigl, Danielle Harris
  • Directors: Blair Treu
  • Producers: David Anderson, Don Schain
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005M2C3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,702 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wish upon a Star" on IMDb

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By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on May 24, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
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!
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By A Customer on July 10, 2001
Format: DVD
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.Read more ›
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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.
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