November 23, 2014

Wishin' and Hopin'

Based on the New York Times best-selling novel by award winning author Wally Lamb. A vivid slice of 1960s life, Wishin' and Hopin' is a wise-and-witty holiday tale that celebrates where we've been-and how far we've come. In the small town of Three Rivers, Connecticut, we go straight into the halls of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School with Felix Funicello, a Catholic school fifth-grader in 1964, whose claim to fame is his cousin Annette Funicello, the famous Mouseketeer and teen movie queen. But grammar and arithmetic move to the back burner this holiday season with the sudden arrivals of substitute teacher Madame Frechette and feisty Russian student Zhenya Kabakova. While Felix learns the meaning of French kissing, cultural misunderstanding, and tableaux vivants, Wishin' and Hopin' barrels toward one outrageous Christmas! 

Our Two Cents:
This movie is very reminicient of The Wonder Years and A Christmas Story. Being about 10-11 year old boys, who are begining to think about girls and get a little pervy, it has a just a few non-family friendly moments, but, as much as we love the romantic Christmas comedies, this story of little Felix was a refreshing change. Being about an Italian family didn't hurt it at all either! Definitely put this on your watch list.

Storyline/Writing ★★★★★  •   Acting ★★★★★  •   Chemistry ★★★★★  •  Overall ★★★★★

Links: IMDB  •  Official Site


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