Wishing Well (2009)
Movie Review by Debbie Winkler
Starring: Jason London, Ernest Borgnine, Jordan Ladd, Yeardley Smith, Charles Shaughnessy
Director: David Jackson
Release Date: 9 December 2009
Length: 90 minutes
Movie Rating: Not Rated
View Format: TV
My Rating: 3/5 stars
“When her boss fears celebrity reporter Cynthia Tamerline has lost her edge, he sends her to tiny Slow Creek, Illinois as punishment to do a human-interest “fluff” piece on a wishing well. Cynthia is all too eager to get beck to her New York lifestyle, yet she is somehow magically transported to life as a small town reporter, a life that could have been if she’d chosen a different path. Stars Jordan Ladd, Jason London, Ernest Borgnine, Tempestt Bledsoe and Sally Kellerman.” — Hallmark Channel
This is a charming, made-for-TV movie about a woman who wishes for happiness while she is writing a story about a small town’s wishing well. She immediately regrets it when her old life disappears, leaving her broke in a small Illinois town, working for the local newspaper, with a closet full of dowdy clothes and a whole new identity. It takes her quite some time to realize that her wish really came true and that she does not need big-city success and money, power and fame to have happiness. The story is not really unique, but it is executed in a charming way here. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters, especially the supporting characters as there are a lot of interesting, quirky people who live in the small town. The movie is decently acted, there are a few wooden scenes, but it is pretty believable for the most part. There is a sweet little romance that develops between the displaced NY celebrity reporter (Jordan Ladd) and the small-town owner of the local newspaper (Jason London). It takes a long time to unfold and I like that they tried to make it realistic. People take time to fall in love, you don’t need to have a “love at first sight” romance to make a movie good.
I was fortunate to catch this movie on TV when it was playing on the Hallmark Channel and I passed a lovely couple of hours watching this. It is a wonderful movie to watch with your sisters, your mother and your grandmother and there is a little bit of something for every generation in it. This is a good choice for a family to watch together and I think that it will appeal to those looking for a nice, clean movie that you don’t have to be embarrassed to admit that you watched. While some people will walk away from the movie feeling like the lesson learned is “be careful what you wish for” I learned that you can be happy no matter where you are and that money & all of its trappings don’t always bring happiness in their wake. This movie is unfortunately not available on DVD, so you cannot rent it, but I think that it is broadcast every so often on TV so keep your eye out for it to be shown in the early hours of the morning as I think you will enjoy it.
This movie is super clean and is appropriate for viewers of all ages.