A Simple Wish (1997)

A SIMPLE WISH is well-cast, I'll give it that.  Martin Short is the 
perfect choice for a bumbling fairy godmother (hey, it's the nine-
ties) who botches his first assignment, granting a wish to a little 
girl (Myra Wilson) whose father (Robert Pastorelli) is an aspiring 
New York City stage actor.  And who else would you want but Kath-
leen Turner as the evil godmother-turned-Wicked Witch of the West 
Side, out to claim his (and every other good witch's) wand?  Short 
is, at times, passable, but Ms. Turner is great fun.  Her character 
gets the shaft on screen time, though, and that's a loss.  The rest 
of this crap is strictly for kids, with wit of the squirting-cat-
sup-bottle-in-the-face variety.  (Okay, okay, there *is* an inspir-
ed encounter between Short, Wilson, and a Nebraska redneck, but 
that's about it.)  One hour was more than enough for me.  I left 
around the time that a character began vomiting computer-generated 
frogs.  Did I miss a scene of someone farting fish?  (Rated "PG"/90 

Grade: W/O

Copyright 1997 Michael J. Legeros
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Originally posted to triangle.movies in MOVIE HELL: July 13, 1997

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