I Wish, I Wish, I Wish
Jamie Patterson (Mason Douglas) has had enough of his parents Brenda (Shannen Doherty) and Mike (Antonio Sabato Jr.) telling him what to do. He doesn't think his parents understand what he is going through and how embarrassing it is that he can't have what he wants when his school friends have the latest gadgets and clothes. Plus there is his sister Rebecca (Kylie Rogers) who gets on his nerves and in his eyes is his parents favourite. But when Jamie wishes he had different parents he doesn't see the shooting star and next day when he wakes up things are very different and he can't believe his eyes when he sees his room is full of cool new stuff. But is having all the good stuff really as good as it first seems when he realises his parents are not only divorced but shower him with gifts because they are too busy with their own lives and arguing with each other to be good parents.
I wish I was bigger, I wish I was older, I wish I was home alone and I am sure if I could be bothered I could think of some other scenarios involving a kid in a movie who wishes something only to find the next day that wish has come true. And now I can add "All I Want for Christmas", which is also known as "The Wish List", to that list as we have young Jamie wishing he had different parents only to wake up and find things very different and not as he realises in a good way.
Now "All I Want for Christmas" is a kids movie which has a very clear formula which starts with Jamie moaning about his parents not getting him what he wants, the fantasy of getting what he wished for and having a riot with a wealthy dad who lets him buy what ever he wants and takes him paint balling. But of course there is a lesson to be learned from this when it comes to being careful what you wish for and realising being spoilt is not always a good thing. It is simple stuff and adequate enough for a young audience who might get excited by the fun of watching a kid getting to have a lot of fun doing what he wants. But it is a Christmas movie geared up to a young audience who won't notice that there isn't a great deal of Christmas stuff going on or that at times the acting isn't always great or to be honest that the theme is a familiar and predictable one.
What this all boils down to is that "All I Want for Christmas" isn't the worst Christmas movie I have watched this year but it is one which is made for a younger audience and so doesn't have the elements I want from a Christmas movie despite having a good message.