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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:
Chevy Chase ... Adult Felix (voice)
Molly Ringwald ... Madame Frechette
Annabella Sciorra ... Ma
Krysta Rodriguez ... Annette Funicello
Conchata Ferrell ... Sister Agrippina
Cheri Oteri ... Sister Dymphna
Danny Nucci ... Pa
Sosie Bacon ... Frances Funicello
Meat Loaf ... Monsignor Muldoon
Blanche Baker ... Mother Filomena
Jesse James ... Chino
Quinn McColgan ... Rosalie Twerski
Camila Banus ... Simone Funicello
Colin Critchley ... Danny
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 | See all certifications »
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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

Molly Ringwald's hair was actually short and blonde at the time of the shoot. See more »

Connections

References Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) See more »

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Best Christmas Movie since '83
6 December 2014 | by mcgovern72See all my reviews

The best Christmas movie in more than three decades: A nun-chasing bat, a beautifully pig- tailed Russian girl who conditions with mayo and has a mean right hook, a boy straight out of a comic strip, the most formidable Miss Goody Two-Shoes since Reese Witherspoon's Tracy Flick, and the adorable Molly Ringwald -- all in one Catholic classroom during Lyndon Johnson's administration -- deliver the most joyful Christmas movie since A Christmas Story (circa 1983)! An added treat: seeing some pop culture/cinematic favorites in unexpected roles: scintillating Annabella Sciorra as a sweet suburban mom, "Bat Out of Hell" Meat Loaf as a priest, and laugh- master Cheri Oteri as a nun in need of a hair-fix. If you laughed out loud while reading the book, you'll have just as many yucks in this film version. And if you love the film, you gotta check out the book. A wonderful way to ring in Christmas 2014!


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