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Wishin' and Hopin' (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | December 2014 (USA)
Based on the New York Times best-selling Christmas novel by Wally Lamb comes the new Christmas classic, starring Molly Ringwald and featuring Chevy Chase.

Director:

Colin Theys

Writers:

John Doolan (screenplay), Wally Lamb (original story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Molly Ringwald ... Madame Frechette
Annabella Sciorra ... Ma
Sosie Bacon ... Frances Funicello
Chevy Chase ... Adult Felix (voice)
Conchata Ferrell ... Sister Agrippina
Jesse James ... Chino
Danny Nucci ... Pa
Cheri Oteri ... Sister Dymphna
Meat Loaf ... Monsignor Muldoon
Blanche Baker ... Mother Filomena
Krysta Rodriguez ... Annette Funicello
Camila Banus ... Simone Funicello
Quinn McColgan ... Rosalie Twerski
Brianna Denski ... Jackie Durham
Deborah Puette ... Mrs. Twerski
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Storyline

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! Written by Anonymous

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christmas | black stockings | See All (2) »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wally Lamb's Wishin' and Hopin' See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The commercial that airs prior to the Ranger Andy Show, stars a winner of the Miss Rheingold beauty pageant, a reference to Wally Lamb's next novel, unfinished at the time of this movie's release. See more »

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References The Mickey Mouse Club (1955) See more »

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Funniest movie I have seen in a long time!
26 November 2014 | by catherin_thomasSee all my reviews

The book was a great read. When I heard they made a movie, I had reservations. I was fortunate enough to attend the first showing and I'm glad I did. It was tastefully made and it doesn't matter how old you are, you will laugh from beginning to end. Wally knew what he wanted when he perfectly cast the six leading kids. Wyatt Ralff (Felix), Quinn McColgan (Rosalie), Olivia Pungitore (Pauline), Siobhon Cohen (Zhenya), Christopher Bogomus (Marion) and Shawn Ervin (Lonny). The kids acting abilities certainly stole the show, not to discredit Molly Ringwald, Annebella Sciora, Danny Nucci. In most movies, we all fall in love with the leading character and this is no different. Felix is adorable, talented and will be a household name real soon. The other kids very talented but we have seen their characters many times in many films. Zhenya (Siobhan Cohen) was fantastic and a breath of fresh air. My favorite has to go to a supporting role. I fell in love with Pauline Papelbon (Olivia Pungitore) who caught my attention since the trailer. Her strapping performance, shy, quiet demeanor had a powerful punch, along with those adorable cheeks, certain to see her in future films. Carmila Banus and Sosie Bacon performances fit their part perfectly. Meatloaf, Cheri Oteri, Blanche Baker, Conchata Ferell and Jesse James all cast sensational.


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