by Laura Tucker
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If there’s one day a sixteen year old girl looks forward to since the day she’s born, it’s her sixteenth birthday. It’s seen as such a magical day that the plans for that day tend to take on a life of their own. With the film 16 Wishes, there hasn’t been a girl that had as bad of a start to her 16th birthday since Molly Ringwald’s parents forgot her birthday, she lost her underwear to a geek, and had to give up her bed to her grandparents.
Abigail Jensen (Debby Ryan) has been so looking forward to her big day, she’s been keeping a list of the sixteen things she wants on that magical day she turns 16. She has everything on there from getting a new car preferably in red to meeting her favorite teen idol to having the coolest wardrobe. She wakes up that day knowing it’s going to be a good day.
Someone has other plans it seems. A mysterious stranger pulls up in an exterminator truck and lets loose with a wasp that flies into the Jensen family’s attic and starts off an infestation that causes the family to have to flee their home. They won’t be able to make it back into the house, and as luck would have it, Abigail is stuck in her jammies and bunny slippers, with only her wishes chart that makes it out of the house. To make it even worse, her arch rival, Krista (Karissa Tynes), a neighbor with the same exact birthday, has just gotten a brand new car for her birthday.
While Abigail waits at the bus stop with her best friend, Jay (Jean-Luc Bilodeau), a delivery truck arrives with a package. The person driving the truck seems to be the same woman who delivered the wasp. Inside the package she delivers are a set of sixteen candles and a box of matches. Abigail makes a wish on the first lit candle, making a wish off her wishes list, and gets a hot red sports car delivered to her. Of course, the person driving the car is that same delivery woman, Celeste (Anna Mae Routledge).
At school, things start to go bad again for Abigail, but she uses her wishes to pull herself out of all her jams. She has Krista following her around, planning a cooler party, wearing cooler clothes, running for class president, etc., but every time, Abigail lights a candle, makes a wish, and Celeste appears to make everything better. It all goes swimmingly until she makes a wish that can be filed under the “be careful what you wish for” category. She wishes everyone would treat her as an adult, and soon wishes to give the car and everything else back to just go back to the person she was when she woke up that morning.
Every single young girl can identify with Abigail and her plight from beginning to end here. They all want the best clothes, a cool car, to be with a teen idol, and especially to be treated like an adult. In fact all kids dream of that. But there’s a reason why it takes eighteen years to become an adult, and that’s because it’s a slow process of learning how to be adult and to get used to the trappings that come along with it. To get that a few years too early without going through the whole process is just looking for trouble, and that’s what Abigail finds here.
16 Wishes it out now on Blue-Ray and DVD, and specially marked DVDs have a fun prize in each one, a set of special Silly Bandz. Just another thing that every young girl wants!
Laura Tucker is the webmaster of Reality Shack and its accompanying Reality Shack Blog, provides reviews at Viewpoints, and provides entertainment news pieces at Gather. She is also an Instructor and 2nd dan black belt in tae kwon do with South Elgin Martial Arts. Laura can be reached at LauraBelle@realityshack.com.
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