Film: 16 Wishes

Everyone's sweet 16 is special, Abby's is magical.
16 Wishes is a 2010 Disney Channel Movienote  produced by MarVista Entertainment and starring Debby Ryan as Abby Jensen.

Abby always wanted the perfect 16th birthday and for her 16 special birthday wishes to come true. But when it finally comes, it starts off less than spectacularly - until a fairy godmother shows up with 16 magical candles, each corresponding to one of Abby's birthday wishes. In the process she learns an important lesson - Be Careful What You Wish For.

The movie itself turned out to be a surprise success, especially with a demographic not typically associated with Disney Channel - adult males. For this reason, many give credit to 16 Wishes for helping to establish Debby Ryan as being a "face" for Disney Channel and helping her land her own sitcom, Jessie.

Not to be confused with Sixteen Candles - even though there are, indeed, 16 candles.

This movie provides examples of:

  • An Aesop: Appreciate your youth, because it doesn't last forever.
    • Appreciate things in general, especially your family and friends.
  • Alpha Bitch: Krista... allegedly
  • Be Careful What You Wish For
  • Brick Joke: One of Abby's wishes is for sushi. Guess what's on the plate Celeste is serving in the party?
  • Broken Aesop: One of the messages of the movie can be interpreted as "Growing Up Sucks"
  • Chekhov's Gun: The fact that Abby stuck a photo of her Love Interest to her wish list using chewing gum allows her to undo her wish gone wrong at the end of the film.
  • Cool Car: One of Abby's wishes
  • Growing Up Sucks
  • Dangerous Sixteenth Birthday
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Possibly. Depends on how appropriate a response you feel that making the last eight years of someone's life miserable just because your best friend decided to hang out with them instead of you is.
  • Exact Words: Abby's 9th wish was to be treated like an adult and the candles grant it by turning her into one.
  • Freudian Excuse: Krista actually had a pretty decent one for her treatment of Abby. Abby stole her best friend, Jay, and the two of them went on to do everything together, leaving Krista out.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Krista. For eight years.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Krista, after a somewhat overdue apology from Abby.
  • Humiliation Conga: After Abby becomes an adult, her parents leave her to fend for herself, her friends literally forget she exists at what was supposed to be her 16th birthday party (and their lives go on better without her), and when she tries to go home her car runs out of gas. And if that wasn't enough, her shoe heel breaks on the walk home - and she naturally gets splashed by a passing car.
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: Subverted. Through one of Abby's wishes, she learns that the world is better off without her if she continues to act bratty and selfishly
  • Jackass Genie: Subverted. The candles blatantly twist wish number 9 into an undesirable outcome (see Exact Words), but it was to teach Abby a lesson that she desperately needed to learn.
  • The Scrooge: Abby herself
  • She Is All Grown Up: Jay's reaction when Abby uses her "grown up" wish
  • Stealth Pun: Celeste says the wasp infestation has been "nesting for 16 years." In other words, she has had that amount of time to become a pest.
    • She later says that the wasps are all gone "like they never happened."