The Wizard

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"It's more than a's the chance of a lifetime."
  • PG
  • 1989
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 6.1  (16,455)
  • 23

The Wizard is a 1989 adventure film that follows the journey of a 9-year-old boy named Jimmy, played by Luke Edwards, who has a special talent for playing video games. Jimmy's brother, Corey, played by Fred Savage, is determined to help their emotionally distant father reconnect with his son after a family tragedy by taking him along to a video game competition in California.

On their way to California, the two brothers meet a runaway girl named Haley, played by Jenny Lewis, and they all team up to embark on a thrilling adventure together. Jimmy, who is initially quiet and withdrawn, slowly opens up to the group and shows his impressive video gaming skills along the way.

As their journey progresses, the trio becomes determined to make it to the video game competition in person, which is taking place across the country in California. They encounter numerous obstacles along the way, but they persevere and ultimately make it to the competition and showcase Jimmy's incredible video gaming talents.

The competition becomes the centerpiece of the narrative, offering viewers a glimpse into the early days of video gaming competitions. The fast-paced competition scenes feature tireless concentration, high adrenaline, and some nail-biting twists, making it a captivating experience for viewers.

Apart from the competition, the conflicts and struggles of the main characters are also central to the film's storyline. The main character Jimmy is a victim of a family tragedy, and his withdrawn nature and odd behavior are initially off-putting. But his love for video games and his talent at playing them reveal the character's ability to connect with people and his sensitivity to the world around him.

Corey acts as the anchor for the trio, taking on the role of the responsible older brother and keeping their journey on track. He makes sacrifices and pulls through obstacles to keep Jimmy and Haley on the right path. However, his actions are not entirely pure as he is initially motivated to help his father sell video games, and his sister is also dealing with her own set of issues.

Haley is a runaway girl who joins Corey and Jimmy on their journey to California. She initially seems tough and guarded, acting like a tomboyish teenager. But it is later revealed that Haley's tough exterior is hiding a vulnerable and sincere person. She grows close to the brothers throughout their journey, and they come to see her as an important friend.

Overall, The Wizard is a movie that captures the excitement and wonder of early video gaming competitions. It also deals with some heavy subjects such as the loss of a loved one, sibling rivalry, and emotional disconnection. Viewers will be enthralled by the engaging story, relatable characters, and the incredible gaming spectacle that accompanies it.

The Wizard is a 1989 adventure movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 40 minutes. It has received poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1 and a MetaScore of 23.

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    1 hr 40 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.1  (16,455)
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