The Wizard

The Wizard
The Wizard
  • PG
  • 1h 40m
  • 1989
Rotten26%
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Fred Savage stars in this warm-hearted family adventure that features the excitement and thrills of video game competition. Corey (Savage) refuses to let his emotionally disturbed younger brother Jimmy (Luke Edwards) be institutionalized, and the two run away together. They soon join forces with a resourceful girl (Jenny Lewis), who notices that Jimmy has a special talent: he is a "wizard" at video games and gets the high score on absolutely everything he plays. Evading their parents and a sinister bounty hunter, the trio head for a climactic showdown at the video game championships in California. Co-starring Beau Bridges and Christian Slater, it's an inside look at the world of video gamers that will have you cheering the whole way!

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Rotten26%
Reviews
New York Times
Janet Maslin
Rotten

Video-addicted kids may well find this exciting, but for anyone old enough to stay out later than...

June 17, 2017
Washington Post
Rita Kempley
Rotten

Hollywood hucksters, zap them, have borrowed from Japanese game-pushers in this shameless attempt...

June 16, 2017
Antagony & Ecstasy
Tim Brayton
Rotten

An ad for video games that makes video games look like a peyote hallucination.

June 25, 2017
Cinema Crazed
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Fresh

A solid and entertaining road film that is never cloying or abundantly sweet.

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Kids' adventure tale filled with danger and a bit of heart.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that a primary story element in the 1989 movie The Wizard is a little boy's mental disability (we would now call it post-traumatic stress disorder), which is sometimes treated unkindly. Several characters call him names ("mutant," "moron," "freak," "mental case," and more), his parents consider putting him in an institution, while others are protective of him. The film's plentiful action is mainly cartoonish, and while there are no serious injuries or deaths, there are fist fights, car crashes, a chase on a tram, numerous escapes from captivity, and many scuffles. Expect some cursing (i.e."ass," "s--t," "butthead," "son-of-a-bitch") and product placement.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Family
  • Release Date:December 15, 1989
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
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