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->"[[MemeticMutation I love the]] [[ProductPlacement Power Glove™]]. [[ExactWords It's so bad!]]"

''For the homonym TV Series, see Series/TheWizard''.

''The Wizard'' is a 1989 film starring Fred Savage, [[Music/RiloKiley Jenny Lewis]], Creator/ChristianSlater, and Beau Bridges. It is about Jimmy, a young boy who suffers from a serious mental disorder reminiscent of [[TheRainman Hollywood Autism]] after a traumatic incident. After being put in an institution, Corey (Savage), one of his older brothers, breaks him out. They decide to run away to "[[UsefulNotes/{{California}} Cawwwifffohneeeyaaaa]]" together, as Jimmy is for some reason fixated on the place.

Along the way, they meet with some other kids that eerily seem to [[ParentalAbandonment lack parental supervision]]. They also learn that Jimmy is a [[DisabilitySuperpower godlike entity around video games]]. Meanwhile, the concerned mother of the runaway kids hires a sleazy private detective named Putnam to track them down. Also trying to get to them are their father Sam (Bridges) and eldest brother Nick (Slater), resulting in rivalry between them and Putnam.

But none of this is what the movie is well-known for. The film is a fairly blatant MerchandiseDriven affair, made to sell Nintendo products and the Universal Studios tour. In fact, [[strike:much of]] the film's [[strike:initial]] appeal was that it had a sneak peek of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' (for North America; it had been available in Japan for more than a year).

The film maintains a cult following within the video game culture based on its SnarkBait potential. Analyzing the film is a senior thesis of its own, but some of the major issues include the following:

# It's not a good sign when even Creator/RogerEbert [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19891215/REVIEWS/912150304/1023 is able to notice the inaccuracies]].
# Most (though not all) of the arcade machines are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayChoice-10 Playchoice 10]] units, which were little more than NES games in an arcade cabinet. People still come across these units in stores today. It's unknown whether grown men [[SeriousBusiness gambled money]] on them, though. This ain't exactly pachinko.
# Lucas and his infamous line, "I love the [[TrickedOutGloves Power Glove]]. It's so bad". Anybody who has ever used one of those will tell you that there is no way you can utilize it with that level of skill. Not to mention that "bad" has taken on [[HilariousInHindsight a different connotation]] with regards to the Power Glove.
# During the tournament, Jimmy inexplicably uncovers the World 1 Warp Zone Whistle in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', one of the [[GuideDangIt least intuitive]] shortcuts in any game, on his very first try. How is this kid supposed to figure out that you're supposed to fly over the top of the ceiling and then go into a door that ''you can't even see''? And why would he even risk it, given that he's in a competition?

Still, it's a fairly popular Sunday afternoon TV recycle amongst younger kids who aren't familiar with Nintendo's heyday. Or who don't know any better (or even those who do). Given the utter glee that we still put into referencing/mocking it more than two decades later, it was worth every dime Nintendo put into it.
!!This film provides examples of:
* AdultsAreUseless: Pretty much the whole driving point of the film is that every adult is either uncaring, evil, or incompetent: The kids run through ''half of Universal's backlot'' without being halted by the tour guide they're disrupting or caught by studio security (who should be much more familiar with the layout of the studio; they ''work'' there, after all).
* AwkwardKiss: Corey and Haley. Also a KissDiss and a TakeThatKiss.
* BrokenAesop: The movie stresses ''self-reliance'' and ''independence''... but don't be afraid to pay some money to the Nintendo Hot Line to ''cheat''.
* CompetenceZone
* DanBrowned: Nearly every video game that's played for any length of time in this movie is depicted [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrIn8hklG-I incorrectly.]] And this as ProductPlacement paid for ''by Nintendo''.
** AccidentallyAccurate: Though, to be fair, they correctly pronounced NinjaGaiden as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MlGNj9FUhY Ninja Guy-Den]] (as opposed to Ninja Gay-Den).
* {{Determinator}}: Jimmy to a certain degree.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The father tries to run Putnam off the road several times in ways that could easily cause flaming wreckage.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Haley's over-the-top reactions to Corey's harmless jokes.
* [[ExcitedKidsShowHost Excited Video Game Tournament Host]]: The most insane host in the history of organized competition.
* FanDisservice: [[http://www.spoonyexperiment.com/img/movie-reviews/the-wizard/img14.jpg The old man in the blue speedo.]]
* TheGamblingAddict: Haley's mom was implied to have been this when she mentions to Corey that "she had this little problem", which was how Haley "learned about Craps".
* GamerChick: A TropeCodifier.
* HollywoodPsychology: Apparently going through a traumatic incident gives you [[TheRainman severe autism]]. ''Yeah''.
* HufflepuffHouse: Mora Grissom, the other finalist in the final round with Jimmy and Lucas.
* InformedAbility: Notice how the main characters are so hung up on how awesome Lucas is... after they've only seen him win at ''one'' game.
** WITH THE POWER GLOVE! He is truly a god amongst gamers.
*** He also allowed them to pick the game of their destruction which in itself shows the level of badass that Lucas is.
* InspirationallyDisabled: Jimmy
* {{Jerkass}}: Putnam. He may be out to recover lost children, but 1) he doesn't handle with care (and acts more like a kidnapper) and 2) he actively tries to impede Sam (the '''''father''''' of the two boys) from finding them just so he can claim payment.
** Lucas as well, who sells Jimmy and the rest out to Putnam when it becomes clear that Jimmy might just win the tourney. Earlier, Lucas revealed to Sam and Nick that Jimmy and his friends are heading out to California.
* KarmaHoudini: The guys who steal the kids' money.
* KingOfGames: Two flavors in Jimmy, a gaming prodigy, and Lucas, who owns dozens of games and is master of all of them.
* LadiesAndGerms:
-->'''Video Armageddon Emcee:''' Well! Ladies, gentlemen, children, siblings, '''''ANIMALS!'''''...
* LargeHam: The aforementioned Emcee.
-->'''Emcee:''' Come up here, '''MY LITTLE BEAUTIES!'''
** Overlaps with LargeHamAnnouncer.
* MerchandiseDriven: It can give ''MacAndMe'' a run for its (sponsors') money.
* MissingMom: When Corey asks Haley about her mom, she tells him that "she packed it in".
* MissingTrailerScene: There's a couple of scenes in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT6zfPC3sDk the trailer]] that didn't make it into the movie.
* MostWritersAreAdults: Most of the kids act more like middle-aged people than kids.
** Most of the middle-aged people act like kids. Does that balance it out?
* MostWritersAreMale: Coupled with the above, some of the obligatory female companion's behavior seems unlikely for a girl of her age.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Lucas and his Power Glove.
** Upon seeing the kids escape in an elevator, Putnam inexplicably screams "WHAT THE HELL IS THAT THING?"
** Then there's the incredibly elaborate, high-tech Video Armageddon stage, with SeriousBusiness alarms, danger signs, big steel bunker panels, massive screens, and all the other stuff that came with it... ''and Super Mario Bros. 3''.
* PacManFever: See main article text.
* PedoHunt: PlayedForLaughs in the infamous "He touched my breast!" scene.
* PopTheTires: The bounty hunter after the kids takes out the dad's tires to disable his truck.
* ProductPlacement: The Movie.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "SO I GIVE YOU!... [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 SUPER! MARIO BROTHERS!]] '''''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 THREE!!!!]]'''''
* TheRainMan: Jimmy, the titular Wizard, is an InstantExpert in every video game he plays. He's even able to locate the [[GuideDangIt World 1 Warp Whistle]] in VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 on his ''first try'' in the middle of an intense competition.
* RoadTripPlot
* ThatOnePlayer: Lucas.
* TotallyRadical: Most of the film.
-->"I love the Power Glove... it's so ''bad''."
* TournamentPlay: Oh, how many ways we can pick apart this sequence.
* WalkingTheEarth
* WhamShot: At the time, the reveal of VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3, which hadn't come out yet at the time of the movie's release in the United States, at Video Armageddon.