All She Wishes
When her birthday wish magically summons wacky Hollywood actor Drake to her small Midwestern town, Sophie has to figure out how to help him fit in until she can get him back home.
This film is entirely enchanting and magical. Sophie (Lexi Giovagnoli) and her counterpart Drake (Calum Worthy) embark on a journey together that begins in the trunk of Sophie’s magical old Chevrolet named Star, given to her by her grandmother, played mystically by Julia Duffy.This car that has been in the family for some time is responsible for knowing the owners’ deepest heartfelt desires. When cranky, artsy, and somewhat cynical Sophie wishes for the young actor in the photo of her store-bought picture frame to want to take her to the Valentine’s dance and want to be with “her,” all chaos ensues. Though Sophie is skeptical of Drake, a cute, comical actor from LA, who magically appears in the trunk of her car, she learns more about herself in 24 hours than she ever expected. Sophie and Drake are immediately at odds over every little thing, and she makes numerous efforts to ditch him only to find that he continues to pop up in her trunk. Sophie decides that the only way to truly get rid of Drake, who presents as positive, happy, and hopeful—her polar opposite—is to fulfill her wish of taking him to her school dance. But as the big dance rapidly approaches, she learns that Drake might not be so bad after all, and that she could learn a thing or two from someone with a vastly differing perspective. In fact, she might be the one whose heart is in need of a change instead of everyone else in her hometown that she sees as small and provincial. Sophie, indeed, learns that opening up her heart to others and softening her demeanor does not mean she must abandon her own creativity and unique viewpoint. She resolves to make things right with Drake when she finally admits the actual wish that laid deep within her heart. It is a delightful turn of events when Drake reappears in the end, this time not by magic but by choice. It is only then that Sophie’s true wish is finally fulfilled. This is also true for her relationship with the seemingly mean girl, who she was childhood friends with. The restoration of that friendship is also beyond the scope of magic and rests in personal choice and maturity. It is refreshing to see the focus be more on these lasting relationship than on the teen romance. We are proud to award All She Wishes the Dove Seal of Approval for All Ages.