Sometimes they come true: 20 films about the fulfillment of desires

Bambara, chufara, skoriki, moriki – this or another spell is pronounced by a child who has learned the magic formula to get what he wants: a cake, a bicycle or a fire at school. Adults resort to more complex techniques and set more serious goals. And while some participate in trainings, send requests to the universe, understand visualizations and affirmations, others simply watch films about the fulfillment of desires – daring, naive, selfish, kind, and those that were not worth thinking at all.

Fantasy Island (2020)

The enigmatic Mr. Roarke is ready to make your wildest dreams come true. Some come to the island to see the dead child, others to accept the once rejected offer from their loved one, and others to take revenge on the old offender. In pursuit of the bird of happiness, none of them knows about the terrible secret of the island. Will the heroes be strong enough to defend their lives when their fantasies turn into a nightmare?

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Fantasy Island

Genre:
Thriller, fantasy

Actors:
Michael Peña, Maggie Q, Lucy Hale …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 4.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Wish Marathon (2020)

The heroine of the Russian comedy about the fulfillment of desires, Maria, is a good-natured simpleton from Voronezh who works as a manicurist. The girl’s dreams are very mundane: to marry Leshka, go to Turkey, repay a loan. But the force of circumstances will make Maria remember her true dreams, feel a real taste for life and learn to set higher goals.

Genre:
Comedy, melodrama

Actors:
Aglaya Tarasova, Kirill Nagiev, Maria Minogarova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Aladdin (2019)

Artist Gemma Jackson managed to create an authentic oriental world – Agrabah in the best traditions of fairy tales about Sinbad and Scheherazade. There, in a picturesque sultanate, the greedy vizier Jafar seeks to seize power and for this he needs to find a magic lamp. But not everyone can enter the cave where it is stored. For this task, the vizier hires a petty thief Aladdin – a good-natured guy in love with the princess . Thus begins an adventure filled with magic , humor and, of course, love.

Original title:
Aladdin

Genre:
Musical, fantasy, action, melodrama, adventure, family

Actors:
Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Will Smith…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
6+


Wish Room (2018)

Imagine that there is a room in which secret dreams come true. The heroes of a foreign film about the fulfillment of desires find just such a place in an old mansion , where they recently moved. Millions of dollars, original masterpieces, jewelry, luxurious outfits – everything that the spouses do not want will instantly materialize. The only thing that overshadows the happiness of the young couple is the inability to have children. Of course, lovers are asked to fulfill this as well. But there is always a flip side to the coin. New parents do not know what terrible consequences await them.

Original title:
The Room

Genre:
Thriller, fantasy, drama

Actors:
Olga Kurylenko, Kevin Janssens, Joshua Wilson …

Country:
France, Luxembourg, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Status: Updated (2018)

Teen Kyle has a hard time adjusting to new realities due to his parents’ divorce , changing schools and moving to another city. Classmates laugh at him, the girls do not pay attention, and the guy has practically no friends. One day, Kyle receives a miracle application on his smartphone that fulfills any Wishlist. Now he had a chance to become what he always wanted to be. However, everything is not so simple, and with popularity comes problems.

Original title:
Status Update

Genre:
Fantasy, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Ross Lynch, Olivia Holt, Harvey Guillen…

Country:
China, Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.8

Age limit:
16+


Be Afraid of Your Desires (2017)

A mystical American film in the thriller genre about wishes that did not come true exactly as they were supposed to. Kind and sweet, but unpopular Claire falls into the hands of an old box, ready to fulfill any seven of her requests. Finally, you can get the main handsome boy of the school and solve the financial problems of the family. However, the girl does not yet suspect that the price for such a gift of fate is too high – the lives of relatives and friends.

Original title:
Wish Upon

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, drama

Actors:
Joey King, Ryan Phillippe, Ki Hong Lee …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 5.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Meeting point (2017)

Every day a strange stranger appears at the table of a small cozy cafe. There is always a notebook in front of him, he constantly makes some notes and receives clients. Why do people come to him? It turns out that a man can fulfill any desire. And in order for the dream to come true, it is necessary to complete the task. These orders are completely different – from trifling to the most terrible, associated with crime .

Original title:
The Place

Genre:
Thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Valerio Mastandrea, Marco Giallini, Alessandro Borghi…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


I can do anything (2015)

Next on the list is a thrash comedy film from Terry Jones, one of the founders of the popular comedy group Monty Python. In a British wish-fulfillment movie, ruthless alien creatures are about to destroy our globe. But in the end, they decide to give humanity a test, for which they endow a random inhabitant of the Earth with superpowers. This lucky person becomes an ordinary school teacher, Neil. Having found strength in himself, a man quickly adapts to circumstances. Still, because now he can do anything, you just wave your hand.

Original title:
Absolutely Anything

Genre:
Fantasy, Comedy

Actors:
Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Sanjeev Bhaskar …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.0

Age Limits :
16+


Zapped. Magic App (2014)

Sixteen-year-old Zoe loves to dance , has a lot of friends and everyone’s popularity. The usual life of a girl collapses when, together with her mother’s new husband and three violent half-brothers, she has to move to another city. The meeting with classmates does not go as she expected, and from the general favorite of Zoe, she risks turning into an outcast. The situation changes when an application appears on her phone that can control others, as its owner pleases.

Original title:
Zapped

Genre:
Fantasy, comedy, family

Actors:
Zendaya, Chanel Peloso, Spencer Boldman…

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Table in the corner (TV series 2011 – 2012)

The creators of the serial film, in which wishes come true, decided to fantasize on this topic and earned rave reviews from the audience. A lonely stranger sitting at a table in a cafe can fulfill any dream – to cure a child, receive a large amount of money, attract the attention of a stunning beauty, become more attractive or return his father to the family. But for this, a certain condition must be met. Everyone has different tasks – rob a bank , help a criminal, or even kill.

Original title:
The Booth at the End

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Xander Berkley, Jennifer Del Rosario, Jenny Blong …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:
16+


16 wishes (2010)

Everyone knows that the best time for the fulfillment of desires is a birthday. And for sixteen-year-old Abby, the upcoming celebration should be special, because she has been preparing for this event since childhood. But when the day X comes, a complete disaster happens , forcing the girl to think that the holiday is ruined. Imagine her surprise when a box with sixteen candles appears on the threshold of the house – one for each wish. And after blowing out the candles, the plan really begins to come true.

Original title:
16 Wishes

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, melodrama, family

Actors:
Debbie Ryan, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Anna May Rutledge…

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Parcel (2009)

The next film on the list of the best films about the fulfillment of desires is a thriller with philosophical overtones, which failed at the American box office, but received a lot of positive feedback from the audience. Norma is a high school teacher, Arthur is a NASA employee. The couple has a son, but family happiness is overshadowed by a constant lack of money. One day, a package is brought to their house, and then a stranger comes and explains what is in the package. You press a button on a box, and at the same moment a random person dies somewhere, and you get a million dollars for pressing it. How will the young couple react?

Original title:
The Box

Genre:
Thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Damn Cell Phone (2007)

The teen black comedy introduces viewers to student Sid. The guy works part-time in a cafe, and in his free time he rides a skateboard. And all this completely suits the teenager until he falls in love with the beautiful girl Anga. What can Sid offer her? He lives in the slums, he has no money, not even a mobile phone. However, soon the young man’s everyday life will change dramatically when he gets a used phone with a special function – the fulfillment of desires.

Original title:
Hellphone

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, comedy, detective

Actors:
Jean-Baptiste Monnier, Jennifer Decker, Benjamin Jungers…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.8, IMDb – 5.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Hottabych (2006)

Do you want to plunge into nostalgia for the two thousandth – ICQ, chats, the first dating sites and push-button phones? Then start watching this comedy film filled with magic. The main character is a computer geek and gouging Gennady Ryzhov. The guy notably left a legacy on the net, and now the FSB is looking for him. At the request of the girl, Gena wanted to steal a teapot from the Internet, but he accidentally stole an old jug from a London auction. And in the jug itself, as it turned out, lives the genie Hottabych. This is where the funny adventures of the two heroes of the film about making wishes begin.

Original title:
} {ott @ b) h

Genre:
Fiction, fantasy, comedy, adventure

Actors:
Vladimir Tolokonnikov, Marius Yampolskis, Liva Krumina …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Click: Remote for Life (2006)

Tired of hearing your wife’s complaints? Do you want to jump through the working week straight to the weekend or rewind a boring dinner with relatives? The hero of this comedy and instructive film managed to find a way to get rid of annoying interference. One day, Michael receives a magical remote control that can be used to pause or rewind life situations, turn down the volume of a conversation, or skip events. But everything has a price, and soon Michael will completely lose control of what is happening.

Original title:
Click

Genre:
Comedy, fantasy, romance, drama

Actors:
Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
12+


The Devil and Daniel Webster (2004)

A screen version of the story of the writer Stephen Vincent Benet is a fantasy film about what a person is ready to do for the sake of popularity, recognition and fulfillment of a dream. Jazeb is a writer and there is no way he can get his main novel published. One day, the devil comes to him in the form of a woman and offers a deal – literary success in exchange for his soul. Years pass, and it’s time to pay tribute. And Jazeb decides to challenge the deal by contacting virtuoso lawyer Daniel Webster.

Original title:
Shortcut to Happiness

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, comedy

Actors:
Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Dan Aykroyd, Kim Cattrall…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Bruce Almighty (2003)

Bruce Nolan works as a journalist , but dreams of another job. A man suffers from constant failures both in his career and in love. Misfortune multiplies at an incredible rate, and at the end of the worst day of his life, Bruce angrily ridicules God, criticizing his “work”. And the Almighty answers, endowing the dissatisfied with all divine powers and powers. Is it easy to be God? And will Bruce cope with such serious obligations? Or will he focus on fulfilling his desires first?

Original title:
Bruce Almighty

Genre:
Fantasy, comedy, drama

Actors:
Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
12+


Route 60 (2001)

Neil lives an ordinary life – work, girlfriend, favorite hobby. But the young guy is constantly tormented by doubts. Whom to be – a lawyer or an artist ? Stay with an unloved passion approved by your parents, or try to find a stranger from dreams? How to tell your father that the donated car is not what he wanted? And this is where magic comes into play. Neil is given an assignment – it is necessary to deliver the box, and the road to the destination goes along a non-existent route. And the guy also receives a magic ball as a gift from the eccentric leprechaun J. Grand – a ball that answers any questions.

Original title:
Interstate 60

Genre:
Road movie, fantasy, drama, comedy, detectives, adventure

Actors:
James Marsden, Gary Oldman, Amy Smart, Kurt Russell …

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Blinded by Desires (2000)

The devil has never been so seductive. This time, he takes on the guise of a sexy beauty to recruit the good-natured loser Elliot. The poor programmer suffers from loneliness and unrequited love . The devil offers him a deal – a soul in exchange for the fulfillment of seven desires. But, as you might expect, there is a catch in any such agreement. Each time the contract is executed in such a way that Elliot doesn’t like the result.

Original title:
Bedazzled

Genre:
Fantasy, comedy

Actors:
Brendan Fraser, Elizabeth Hurley, Francis O’Connor …

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Wish Maker (1997)

An old fantasy for connoisseurs of horror films will tell about a cruel and inventive genie who sadistically fulfills the desires of people. Once upon a time, an Eastern sorcerer imprisoned a magical creature in a stone-vessel. Hundreds of years later, a young appraiser Alex inadvertently frees a genie from a fire opal. Now, in order to gain strength and arrange a real hell on Earth, a powerful evil needs to fulfill its three desires. The heroine will have to outwit a creature that brings horror and death.

Original title:
Wishmaster

Genre:
Horror, fantasy

Actors:
Tammy Lauren, Andrew Divoff, Robert Englund…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.8

Age limit:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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