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IRISH WISH

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IRISH WISH is a fun, frothy romantic comedy on Netflix with positive views of miracles. Lindsay Lohan stars as Maddie, the editor of a successful, egotistical romance writer, Paul. Maddie wants to tell Paul she loves him but doesn’t have the nerve. Maddie is stunned when Paul and her best friend, Emma meet and embark on a whirlwind romance that leads to an Irish wedding months later. In Ireland, Maddie wishes she were marrying Paul instead, and a mysterious woman grants her wish. However, should she accept her new status as the bride, or reverse everything?

IRISH WISH is silly fun. The script actually has several laugh-out-loud moments. Also, Director Janeen Damian keeps things popping with some surprisingly good physical comedy. She inspires Lohan to deliver the fun she showed in her heyday, with a vibrant supporting cast. IRISH WISH has a strong Christian worldview with positive references to God and church, and a highly positive view of marriage. There’s only brief upper male nudity and a light profanity that’s immediately corrected by the priest. IRISH WISH is enjoyable fun for all ages.

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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong Christian worldview (no one has a serious prayer or God moment, just the heroine realizes that St. Bridget is making some miracles happen, by the Hand of God, (though deceased Christian saints are in Heaven, not on earth performing miracles: God alone preforms miracles) with several positive scenes in a church and a positive portrayal of a Catholic priest, and a Sign of the Cross is made, plus there’s a highly positive view of marriage; Language: A woman exclaims “Holy mother of God!” when she wakes up late, one use of “bastard,” and a woman exclaims “Oh my God!” but a priest says, “Let’s keep Him out of this!’ to correct her disrespect, and the two of them immediately make a Sign of the Cross;

Violence:
No violence;

Sex:
No sex, but there is romance;

Nudity:
A man is seen shirtless from the waist up (he’s wearing a towel) as he steps out of a shower;

Alcohol Use:
Casual drinking by lots of adult patrons at a pub;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Nothing else objectionable.

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The welcome return of 2000s comedy favorite Lindsay Lohan on Netflix continues with the new movie IRISH WISH, a fun and frothy romantic comedy/fantasy that has positive views of miracles, a Catholic saint and a Catholic priest.

Lohan stars as Maddie, a woman who is the editor of a successful romance writer named Paul. He reveals his oversized ego in the opening moments as he walks a red carpet before a book-signing event, but doesn’t give any credit to the fact that Maddie actually wrote the book for him anonymously.

This is indicative of Maddie’s inability to stand up for herself in life, a weak trait that she needs to overcome. It also hurts her in the arena of love, as she wants to tell Paul she’s in love with him but can’t work up the nerve, and winds up stunned as Paul and her best friend Emma meet and embark on a whirlwind romance that leads to a wedding just months later.

The idea that Paul and Emma want to get married is refreshingly portrayed positively, as the movie makes that the goal of a relationship, and they’re happy to commit to each other, rather than so many other movies having negative attitudes towards marriage and rampant promiscuity. The movie also has a positive depiction of divinely inspired miracles, as well as of Catholicism and its Catholic priest.

Maddie is asked to be the bridesmaid at their Irish wedding, a job that gives her conflicting emotions. However, once she lands in Ireland, she literally bumps into a young photographer named Billy, and they humorously bicker right from the start as they keep running into each other.

Overwhelmed and lonely, Maddie sits down on a bench with a beautiful view of nature and wishes that she could be married to Paul. A mysterious woman appears and acknowledges the wish, and suddenly Maddie is blown back into her hotel bed and finds that the wish came true, turning the lives of Maddie, Emma and Paul upside down in a fun and well-imagined series of events in which Maddie is indeed about to marry Paul and Emma is left pining.

When one thing after another goes wrong while drawing Maddie and Paul close together, Maddie starts to feel guilty that she’s achieved her dream in a selfish way. The mystery woman keeps appearing every rollercoaster moment, and then Maddie is shocked to see a stained glass window of the woman winking at her at the wedding rehearsal in church.

Maddie realizes that the woman is St. Bridget, and that what’s happening around her are miracles (though deceased Christian saints are in Heaven, not on earth performing miracles: God alone preforms miracles). So, should she accept her new status as the bride, or reverse everything?

IRISH WISH is silly fun that isn’t trying to win Oscars, instead attempting to make viewers smile throughout. The bonus is that the script actually has several laugh-out-loud moments, and director Janeen Damian keeps things popping with some surprisingly good physical comedy. She also inspires Lohan to deliver the fun she showed in her heyday, with the supporting cast all vibrant as well. IRISH WISH has a strong Christian worldview with several scenes set in a church, positive references to God, and a highly positive view of marriage. There’s only a quick scene of a shirtless, towel-clad man emerging out of a shower, 1 use of “bastard” and one OMG that gets immediately corrected by the priest.

IRISH WISH is enjoyable fun for all ages and a great watch for families.

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Now more than ever we’re bombarded by darkness in media, movies, and TV. Movieguide® has fought back for almost 40 years, working within Hollywood to propel uplifting and positive content. We’re proud to say we’ve collaborated with some of the top industry players to influence and redeem entertainment for Jesus. Still, the most influential person in Hollywood is you. The viewer.

What you listen to, watch, and read has power. Movieguide® wants to give you the resources to empower the good and the beautiful. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support.

You can make a difference with as little as $7. It takes only a moment. If you can, consider supporting our ministry with a monthly gift. Thank you.

Movieguide® is a 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible.


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