6.7/10
6,580
48 user 5 critic

Wish Upon a Star (1996)

A younger sister wishes to switch places with her popular older sister and the two bickering siblings awaken to find the wish has come true.

Director:

Blair Treu
Reviews
Popularity
2,279 ( 11)

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Susie Q (TV Movie 1996)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Susie Q and her boyfriend were on their way to a dance one night when they got into a car crash and fell off a bridge. Years later, a teenager named Zach Sands, recovering from his father's... See full summary »

Director: John Blizek
Stars: Amy Jo Johnson, Ernie Prentice, Bentley Mitchum
Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A teenager's life is disrupted when her mother falls in love with an alien.

Director: Steve Boyum
Stars: Courtnee Draper, Tamara Hope, Lance Guest
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An inquisitive teenager pries into suspected dodgy dealings on her space station home - and ends up being sent down to Earth.

Director: Kenneth Johnson
Stars: Kirsten Storms, Raven-Symoné, Bob Bancroft
Motocrossed (TV Movie 2001)
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A young girl secretly poses as her twin brother to win the big motocross race for him after he breaks his leg.

Director: Steve Boyum
Stars: Alana Austin, Trever O'Brien, Riley Smith
The Color of Friendship (TV Movie 2000)
Biography | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A white South African girl finds herself in a difficult situation when she is sent to spend a term with a black family in America.

Director: Kevin Hooks
Stars: Lindsey Haun, Shadia Simmons, Carl Lumbly
Quints (TV Movie 2000)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A 14-year-old teenager goes to desperate lengths to get attention when her mother gives birth to quints.

Director: Bill Corcoran
Stars: Kimberly J. Brown, Daniel Roebuck, Elizabeth Morehead
The Other Me (TV Movie 2000)
Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Will Browning accidentally creates a clone of himself when working on a science project.

Director: Manny Coto
Stars: Andrew Lawrence, Mark L. Taylor, Lori Hallier
Smart House (TV Movie 1999)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A teenager wins a fully-automated dream house in a competition, but soon the computer controlling it begins to take over and everything gets out of control. Then teenage Ben must calm the computer named PAT.

Director: LeVar Burton
Stars: Kevin Kilner, Ryan Merriman, Katey Sagal
The Thirteenth Year (TV Movie 1999)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A teen learns that his birth mother is a mermaid after he begins to grow fins and slimy scales on his thirteenth birthday.

Director: Duwayne Dunham
Stars: Chez Starbuck, Justin Jon Ross, Courtnee Draper
Miracle in Lane 2 (TV Movie 2000)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Based on a true story, a 13-year-old boy who uses a wheelchair is determined to win a trophy like his athletic older brother.

Director: Greg Beeman
Stars: Frankie Muniz, Rick Rossovich, Molly Hagan
Under Wraps (TV Movie 1997)
Comedy | Family | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Three kids accidentally re-animate a mummy on Halloween.

Director: Greg Beeman
Stars: Adam Wylie, Mario Yedidia, Clara Bryant
Brink! (TV Movie 1998)
Drama | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Andy "Brink" Brinker and his in-line skating crew--Peter, Jordy, and Gabriella--who call themselves "Soul-Skaters" (which means they skate for the fun of it, and not for the money), clash ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Beeman
Stars: Erik von Detten, Sam Horrigan, Christina Vidal
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katherine Heigl ... Alexia Wheaton
Danielle Harris ... Hayley Wheaton
Donnie Jeffcoat ... Kyle Harding
Scott Wilkinson Scott Wilkinson ... Ben Wheaton
Mary Parker Williams Mary Parker Williams ... Nan Wheaton
Lois Chiles ... Mittermonster
Ivey Lloyd Mitchell ... Caitlin Sheinbaum (as Ivey Lloyd)
Matthew Barker ... Simon (as Matt Barker)
Jacque Gray ... Kazumi
Kari White ... Talley (as Kari Petersen)
January Sorensen January Sorensen ... Sabrina
Dane Stevens Dane Stevens ... Mr. Frauenfleder (as Duane V. Stephens)
Mark Hofeling Mark Hofeling ... Mr. Watson
Trevor Black ... Photographer
Emily Klindt Emily Klindt ... Senior Class President
Edit

Storyline

Handsome, considerate high-school jock Kyle Harding is the only taste the Wheaton sisters share. Tall, fashionable, popular airhead big sister is dating him, but fails to truly appreciate the young gentleman, let alone contemplate a serious relationship. Nerdy kid sister Haley hates the waste and expresses her envy by thoughtlessly wishing at a 'shooting star' (comet) to be Alexia. To their stupor, that happens the next morning. Forced to live each-other's lives, but unable to do it well by the other's standards, the sisters soon hate each-other even more and deliberately screw up. Gradually, they realize they would only both lose out, learn to appreciate the other's values and reconsider their own. Remain the matters of obviously utterly confused Kyle, and new neighbor boy Simon, whose no longer secret crush on Haley was confounded by Alexia. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

I Wish I May, I Wish I Might, Become My Sister For A Night!

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and mild sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wish Upon a Star See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Danielle Harris was hired three days before shooting began, on the spot at her audition. See more »

Goofs

When Alexia answers the Chemistry question in class, she writes "ABC" on the whiteboard. In the next shot as she continues writing, the appearance of "ABC" is completely different. See more »

Quotes

Caitlin Sheinbaum: I never said an open party, my parents will slaughter me.
Sabrina: Well it's a small price to pay when you consider what it'll do for your social life.
Alexia Wheaton: Caitlin didn't you say you neeeded to talk to Hayley?
Hayley Wheaton: Yeah, Caitlin can I talk to you for a minute?
Alexia Wheaton: Let me get this straight, she invited you for dinner and you proceeded to include the rest of the student body?
Sabrina: Pretty crafty, huh?
Alexia Wheaton: What makes you think you can treat people like this?
Talley: We learned it from you. Remember our motto, "Act Superior, our number ...
[...]
See more »

Alternate Versions

None of these scenes appear in any released version of the film, but are mentioned by the director during the DVD commentary. See more »

Soundtracks

Colossal Youth
Performed by Moonpools & Caterpillars
Written by Gugut Salgado, Tim de Pala (as Tim Depala), Jay Jay Encarnacion (as Efren Encarnacion), Kimi Encarnacion (as Kim Ward Encarnacion)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
All in all, a very cute movie
26 July 2008 | by gatyngajSee all my reviews

This is one of the better movies that aired in one of Disney Channel's better days. Basically, it's about two teenage sisters switching places, one of which is a popular and gorgeous yet airheaded senior that works hard to become the high school's Winter Fest queen, while the other is a socially inept yet bright and undeniably cute sophomore whose major goal this school year is to succeed in the school's science fair. The contrast between each of the girls makes for a very interesting and fun movie to watch.

It's very much aimed towards younger audiences, although Disney obviously disagrees with quite a few of its themes and somewhat suggestive scenes. It still retains its status as a PG-rated movie. The plot is easy to follow, and the characters are even easier to fall in love with.

If you liked watching this movie all the time on television, I suggest you grab the DVD. The commentary alone is worth the investment.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 48 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed