So just got back from the premiere of the Lifetime film "Wishin' and Hopin'" which is based on a book by Wally Lamb. Why this is so special to me is that my mom and cousin were extras in the movie. It will be the first time for my mom but second for my cousin since we were both extras in "Freedom" which is only released in Australia. I auditioned as well months ago but never got a callback . Anyway I, mom, cousin, sister and sister's boyfriend went to the later showing since they had two for today. We go into the theater and it was pretty packed. It was more packed than when my friends and I went to see "The Amazing Spiderman 2" this year on release date(which honestly isn't saying much since there were probably 15 seats filled). The director was standing at the door to the main theater and greeting people which I thought was cool(although I didn't want him to recognize me from the dreadful audition I did ). I don't remember if the director was there for the premiere of "Freedom" back when they showed it last year but I'm almost sure he wasn't.
Honestly I did not have high hopes for this movie. I figured it would just be another ABC Family or Nickeleodeon "made for TV!" movie that tried to be as forced as possible whilst attempting to present an overbearing aesop throughout the movie. I was pleasantly wrong. Pretty much from the beginning to the end I was laughing uproariously. Everyone in the audience was laughing too or at the very least reacting. Hell I don't think I've heard that much audience noise at a live WWE show for crying out loud! There were a few parts in the middle of the film where it did kind of drag though but for the most part it definitely exceeded my expectations. It helps that it wasn't trying to be overly PC like most modern movies(the story takes place around the 60s so yeah). You had the black boy saying "wait until the NAACP hears about this!", you had the Russian/Communist hating girl who tried her best to expose the foreign student as a spy, you had the really awkward "birds and bees" conversation that skipped most of the dialogue but ended with "toilet seats and water fountains are used in the same way." or something like that... It was also a nice change to see a "modern" movie where kids weren't on their cellphones or facebooks or mentioning Justin Bieber or Twilight.
Some of my favorite parts were anything to do with Meat Loaf since his character just did not give a fuck yet he got so offended once Felix mentioned what he did with his cousins picture , the whole of the Junior Scouts scene and especially the running gag with the "head" nightmare. It did remind me of "A Christmas Story" to some degree although Christmas wasn't the main focus of this movie. It could be the new "Christmas Vacation" of the house as we used to watch that movie every Christmas back in the 90s. Ironic considering the fact that Chevy Chase, the narrator of "Wishin' and Hopin'" starred in "Christmas Vacation". Also my mom and cousin got to see Molly Ringwald in-person and I was and still am super jealous! Loved her in "Breakfast Club" and that cameo in "Not Another Teen Movie"!
After the movie ended they had an hour long Q&A session with some of the main cast and crew. I was surprised to actually see Felix and Rosie and others down there(we took balcony seats since sitting up front was "bad") when I was just previously seeing them on-screen merely 5-minutes prior. The actor that plays Felix was really short though. Even from the balcony seats I could tell. Also I learned something new that Annette Funicello, the famous cousin of Felix, was a real person! I figured she was just someone they made up for the movie/book but turns out she was real and someone asked even if they had permission to use her name in the movie... they were a lil vague on that one . The Q&A ended and we left(but not before my sister took like 5 boxes of free popcorn) and now I am here writing this. We freaked once we saw my mom and cousin in the movie and we will probably freak once we watch the movie again when it shows on Lifetime Saturday, December 6th at 8PM(yes I totally just did an advert for a movie my mom and cousin were extras on).