Three Wishes features Patrick Swayze as a spiritual drifter (with an endearing canine sidekick) who literally falls into the path of Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, a young, widowed mother of two small boys. As in many recent films and television shows, it is the dog who makes the first move in establishing a relationship between the two parties. His silly antics will completely win you over and owners of more unruly dogs will marvel again at the untapped potential they may be harboring under their own roof.
This film could best be described as a cross between The Karate Kid and E.T. While it tries, at times, to convey the eastern philosophy of non-materialism and the importance of balance and inner peace, it then veers off into the fantastic, accompanied by Spielberg-like special effects. While these effects may win over the children in the audience, adults will be left dissatisfied by the lack of unity in the storyline.
Is Jack an angel? Or, is he another human being who happens, through the combined positive forces of timing and chance, to make a huge impact on a family at a major turning point in each of their lives? Is he a humble baseball all-star? Or, does he coincidentally share his name with one? The lack of objective proof of the above, demands that you rely on your own intuition to come to some conclusion. While children may not suffer from the absence of such answers this inquiring adult mind wants to know.