The Wizard (1989)

They're on a cross-country adventure to the world's greatest video championship. It's more than a game...it's the chance of a lifetime.

Corey refuses to let his emotionally disturbed younger brother Jimmy be institutionalized, and the two run away together. They soon join forces with a resourceful girl, who notices that Jimmy has a special talent: he is a "wizard" at video games and can achieve 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 national video game championships in California.

Has some heart at times, almost ruined by the blatant and, hate to use this word, cringe-worthy product placement from Hostess to Nintendo to Universal Studios (which makes sense since this was one of their movies). The acting and writing is bad and I'm not quite sure who this movie was made for (there is a joke about a teenage girl accusing a grown man of grabbing her breast) but there are some funny bad moments. **2.75/5**

Universal Pictures, Carolco Pictures, Finnegan/Pinchuk Productions, Pipeline Productions by Todd Holland, David Chisholm.
Stars: Fred Savage, Luke Edwards, Jenny Lewis, Vince Trankina.

Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance, Sport

Keywords: competition video game california brother utah nintendo on the road road movie

12/15/1989

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