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Martin Short plays a bumbling fairy godmother to little Mara Wilson, who makes a wish that her actor-father (Robert Pastorelli) finds success. Instead of getting her wish fulfilled right away, however, she and Short end up diverted by an evil witch (Kathleen Turner). Special effects take over once Turner's character starts casting spells. But director Michael Ritchie--a long, long way from his prime (Downhill Racer, The Candidate) as an interesting filmmaker--keeps things moving quickly and gets some good work (albeit slanted toward kids) from his very talented cast. Some of the "magic" in the film--such as the sight of Short flattened and pouring down a set of stairs like liquid--is truly eye-popping. The DVD release has a widescreen presentation, Spanish subtitles, English captions, production notes, and theatrical trailer. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The story is about Annabel, played by Mara Wilson, the girl from "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Matilda." While she is reading a version of "Cinderella" one night, she wishes that she could have a fairy godmother. And she gets one. Except her fairy godmother isn't what she had in mind, because she is actually a man named Murray, played by the hilarious Martin Short.
Murray promises to grant Annabel one wish, and she selflessly decides that she wants her father, a widower, to land the main role in a musical play. But it isn't that 'simple.'
For one thing, Murray has never been a fairy godmother before, and he has a mentionable amount of difficulty with his magic wand. For instance, he accidently takes Annabel to Nebraska and changes a rough-looking man into a gigantic rabbi.
The second thing standing in the way of a granted wish is Claudia, the fairy-godmother-turned-evil-witch played by Kathleen Turner. The witch and her hilarious sidekick are bent on destoying the existence of any other magic than Claudia's to ensure that nothing stands in her way when she decides to carry out some rather evil plans.
The movie is extremely funny, and has lots of great special effects. It is almost impossible to smile as you watch Murray screw up on everything he attempts to do and Annabel bicker with her older brother and her reactions to Murray's awfully-cast spells. So great is the presence of comedy, wittiness, and evil in Kathleen Turner's character that you look forward to the scenes she's in.Read more ›
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Doesn't work here in Canada and nowhere was it stated. I would t even give a star if I could.Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
This movie was just good, but why would Martin Short be playing a fairy godmother; he should play a Fairy Godfather. Read morePublished on July 6 2002 by Chiedu Ufoegbune
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