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The Wishing Tree

  • Family
  • Romance
  • 2012
  • Terry Ingram
  • 94 mins

Summary

Seasonal drama starring Jason Gedrick. During the Christmas holidays, widowed teacher Evan Farnsworth stays on at his prestigious boarding school with a few lonely students. But he has his work cut out for him when, angry at being abandoned by his parents, spoilt rich kid Drew destroys a neighbouring town's wishing tree.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

An unconventional teacher and a small-town charity event change the lives of three boarding-school students in this formulaic though heart-warming seasonal tale. Jason Gedrick gives a likeable performance as the widowed educator whose task of supervising the pupils remaining on campus for Christmas is complicated when one of the stereotypical trio (Richard Harmon) causes trouble at the site of a special fundraiser tree festooned with people's handwritten wishes. The bad-boy teen's wise punishment has major consequences for everybody: turning the skimpily plotted TV movie into a patchwork of clichés and simplistic resolutions, as lessons are learnt and dreams predictably embraced. There's very little drama and lots of cheesy sentimentality, but the movie remains engaging thanks to Gedrick's caring character and the uplifting themes of hope and self-belief.

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Credits

Cast

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Evan FarnsworthJason Gedrick
DrewRichard Harmon
JulietEmmalyn Estrada
AlbertAmitai Mamorstein
ClarissaErica Cerra

Crew

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DirectorTerry Ingram

Details

Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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