Wishin' and Hopin'

Synopsis: Based on the New York Times best-selling novel by award-winning author Wally Lamb. A vivid slice of 1960s life, Wishin' and Hopin' is a wise-and-witty holiday tale that celebrates where we've been-and how far we've come. In the small town of Three Rivers, Connecticut, we go straight into the halls of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School with Felix Funicello, a Catholic school fifth-grader in 1964, whose claim to fame is his cousin Annette Funicello, the famous Mouseketeer and teen movie queen. But grammar and arithmetic move to the back burner this holiday season with the sudden arrivals of substitute teacher Madame Frechette and feisty Russian student Zhenya Kabakova. While Felix learns the meaning of French kissing, cultural misunderstanding, and tableaux vivants, Wishin' and Hopin' barrels toward one outrageous Christmas!
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Colin Theys
Production: Synthetic Cinema International
  1 nomination.
87 min

and snap them in two

Just because he had

sloppy penmanship.

Oh, yeah, and then there's

that mole on her bottom lip

That she tries to hide

by barely moving her mouth

When she talks.

Felix, whatever you do,

Don't let her catch you

looking at it.

Yeah, don't.

When you finish

your vocabulary,

I want you to take out

your library books

For silent reading.

There it was

staring right at me.

Yes, Rosalie?

Sister Agrippina,

I was just wondering

how sister Dymphna was doing.

Will she be back soon?

She's resting comfortably,

And she will be back

after the Christmas break.

Now, get out that book.

Yes, Rosalie.

What are we gonna do

about the Christmas pageant?

Last year,

the fifth graders performed

The seven joys of Mary.

And if we do it again this year,

I would gladly

represent the blessed virgin.

We'll have to see what

your permanent substitute

Has planned.

But who's gonna be our sub?

You do have a lay teacher

Who's coming next week

to take over.

Please, begin your reading,

miss Twerski.

Is something the matter,

Mr. Funicello?

It had grown to

at least ten times its size

In the past two minutes.

No, sister.

Silent reading, Rosalie!

My family

had one claim to fame:

We were cousins

with Annette Funicello.

Yes, the Annette Funicello.

Technically, she was

my father's cousin's kid,

But who was keeping track?

The picture was a Christmas

present from pop's cousin

A few years back.

We took pride in being related

to a famous movie star.

But the only one more so

than me...

what do you think?

Was Simone.

Identical, right?

I think you've inhaled

way too much hair spray.

But there was

another family member

On the brink of stardom.

I, Felix Funicello,

Would be making

my television debut

On the ranger Andy show

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