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

->''"It's the dead seriousness of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZErvASwdlU this line]] that really makes this scene immortal. This actor sells it like he's [[ComicBook/GreenLantern Hal Jordan]] gifted with this godlike artifact of immeasurable power, something to be feared and respected. He gives it the same battle-hardened, post-orgiastic tone as the classic ''[='=]I love the smell of napalm in the morning[='=]'' line from ''Film/ApocalypseNow.''"''
-->--'''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Noah Antwiler]]''' [[http://web.archive.org/web/20100729144425/http://spoonyexperiment.com/the-wizard/ on]] ''The Wizard''

''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, the film's 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).
!!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''.
** The reason Haley's family is poor is that her mother was a gambling addict - so naturally the kids use Jimmy's gaming abilities and her own knowledge of craps to gamble their way to California.
* 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''.
* {{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: 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.]]
* FantasticRacism: Apparently a child being good at video games makes him some sort of mutant cyborg freak.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** The structure Jimmy builds with toy blocks in the beginning resembles the Video Armageddon stage at the end of the film.
** In the same scene, Bateman offhandedly wonders what Jimmy keeps inside the lunchbox he always carries. Midway through the film, we see that [[spoiler:it contains pictures of his dead twin sister.]]
* 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: Haley is a TropeCodifier. Mora, the geeky girl in the final round, also qualifies.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: This movie contains a surprising amount of profanity for a movie promoting ''Nintendo.'' At one point, after intentionally ramming into his car, Sam calls Putnam "chicken shit."
** When Haley defiantly states that there's no way she will kiss a boy, Corey suggests, [[GirlOnGirlIsHot "A girl, maybe?"]]
** Haley mentions that her mother used to be a showgirl with "great legs."
* 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.
** To be fair he did win a video game with a *Power Glove* as a controller...
* 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.
** Bateman, Jimmy's father (and Corey & Nick's stepfather). When he mentions having hired Putnam to find Jimmy, Sam asks "What about Corey?" To which Bateman replies, "Well, he ''wanted'' to run away. If we brought him back, would it do any good?"
* KarmaHoudini: The guys who steal the kids' money. And the ''other, unrelated'' 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. Overlaps with LargeHamAnnouncer.
-->'''Emcee:''' Come up here, '''MY LITTLE BEAUTIES!'''
* MerchandiseDriven: It can give ''Film/MacAndMe'' a run for its (sponsors') money.
* MissedHimByThatMuch: Corey, Haley, and Jimmy are riding in the back of a pickup which drives right by Putnam, who is (for some reason) ''standing outside of his car on the side of the road, shaving,'' with his back turned.
* MissingMom: When Corey asks Haley about her mom, she tells him that "she packed it in".
* 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 (it's so bad).
** Upon seeing the kids escape in an elevator, Putnam inexplicably screams "WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?"
** 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
* 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
* ShoutOut: Spankey apparently works for [[OverTheTop Hawk Trucking]], according to the lettering on the door, driving Lincoln Hawk's old truck.
* 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.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Nintendo didn't want the reveal of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' to be a surprise, [[MerchandiseDriven for obvious reasons]], so they made sure the trailer gave viewers a nice, clear shot of the game's title screen.
* WalkingTheEarth: All of the kids become this.
* 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. For the characters, at least, since [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil almost everyone watching already knew this]].