The Wizard
The Wizard
PG | 15 December 1989 (USA)
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A boy and his brother run away from home and hitch cross-country, with help from a girl they meet, to compete in the ultimate video-game championship.

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Baseshment

I like movies that are aware of what they are selling... without [any] greater aspirations than to make people laugh and that's it.

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Stoutor

It's not great by any means, but it's a pretty good movie that didn't leave me filled with regret for investing time in it.

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Nessieldwi

Very interesting film. Was caught on the premise when seeing the trailer but unsure as to what the outcome would be for the showing. As it turns out, it was a very good film.

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Janae Milner

Easily the biggest piece of Right wing non sense propaganda I ever saw.

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SnoopyStyle

Jimmy Woods (Luke Edwards) suffers from unspecified mental handicap and often wanders off to go to California. He lives with his mother Christine Bateman and stepfather. The stepfather institutionalizes him in a home. Corey (Fred Savage) and Nick (Christian Slater) live with their father Sam Woods (Beau Bridges). There is little that Sam can do without custody. Corey takes his half-brother Jimmy away from the home on a trip to California. Bateman hires Putnam (Will Seltzer) to track down Jimmy while Sam and Nick follow the boys on their own. While at a bus station, they meet Haley Brooks (Jenny Lewis) and discover that Jimmy is a real wizard at video games. Haley suggests entering him in a big video game contest in L.A.This is a fun little adventure for kids. Of course, it's insanely dangerous to promote hitchhiking for little kids and it's a thinly disguised commercial for Nintendo. Nevertheless, Lewis and Savage are cute together. The power glove sounded awesome. The B story has some fun comedy. Beau Bridges getting hooked on video games is funny. If not for 3 little kids hitchhiking around in what essentially is a commercial, I would be more fully behind this movie.

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Mr-Fusion

I imagine that if I'd had a stronger childhood connection to "The Wizard", then I'd be better able to appreciate it as an adult. I did see this movie in the theater - I was 9, so naturally I gravitated toward the Nintendo aspect - but no further rewatches until many years later. But it feels like a movie at odds with itself. You've got the competing interests of a family drama (and there's some fairly serious stuff going on here) with a branded product designed to sell NES games and a trip to Universal Studios. They don't gel. There's a "Karate Kid" feel with our contender training and strolling into the tournament, but once he's won (because he's supposed to), then we've got that whole family subplot we still have to sort out in the closing moments. Almost as an afterthought.I know this is a kids' movie and I have no problem with that. But the toy commercial cheapens the serious stuff. Although I do think it's very funny that Lucas Barton has attained his own Internet fame.5/10

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croc-574-202569

it is a cool movie. there was the part that i like the most was that dude got punched because the girl screamed he touched my breast. it is a very funny movie cool gangster need more movies like this best movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. coolest movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!gangster shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!coolest! funny! 108kg 6ft tall cool the best movie BoDeans – "You Don't Get Much"Patsy Cline – "Leavin' on Your Mind"BoDeans – "Red River"New Kids on the Block – "You Got It (The Right Stuff)"Real Life – "Send Me an Angel '89"New Kids on the Block – "Hangin' Tough"Martha & The Vandellas – "Nowhere to Run" byPaul Carrack – "I Live by the Groove"Bobby Brown – "Don't Be Cruel"Paul Anka – "My Way"Sally Dworsky – "I Found My Way"

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TheOliveBranch

Well, not really. My life story doesn't resemble that of the characters in any way except for our collective love of video games. That said:I watched this movie so many damn times as a kid it'll make your head spin. What can I say about this movie that you don't already know yourself? Fred Savage. Beau Bridges. Christian Slater. The chick from Rilo Kiley. Spanky.And then Jimmy brings it all home.First of all, I want to say that whatever pills the video game contest host was on, I want me some of that. Two, they should bring back the Powerglove. And three, road trip movies will never, ever die.From Double Dragon to Ninja Gaiden or the nostalgic dinosaur park in the middle of no where, this movie will always remain a classic for me."Gimme, gimme, gimme...Jimmy...Woods!!!"

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