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Release Date: 03/15/24 [Netflix]
Genre: Comedy. Fantasy. Romance.

Studio: Netflix. 

"When the love of Maddie's life gets engaged to her best friend, she puts her feelings aside to be a bridesmaid at their wedding in Ireland." 


Irish Wish was an aggravating experience from start to finish. When we go into a romantic comedy, it can really go three different ways: a new original take, a delightful retread or a lazy attempt to feed another film into the genre. This film unfortunately sits in the latter category. 


Lindsay Lohan is a star I grew up with, from The Parent Trap to Freaky Friday to Mean Girls. It felt for some time like the actor could do no wrong in terms of her performances but then she went on a long hiatus. Her return to the screen was with Netflix’s Falling for Christmas, a predictable yet charming holiday film that garnered a pass by most due to the season. Irish Wish doesn’t have that luxury. 


The story follows Maddie Kelly (Lindsay Lohan) as a literary editor for a renowned writer, Paul Kennedy (Alexander Vlahos), who she happens to also have a crush on. After not telling anyone promptly about this infatuation with Paul, one of her friends swoop in and one time jump later, they’re getting married! Internally upset about the situation after flying to Paul’s homeland of Ireland for the ceremony, Maddie sets off on her own journey and comes across a magical being who is able to make her wish come true. From there, it’s safe to say that the average viewer should be able to understand where the story is going from there. 


Filled with outrageous plot choices and dialogue to keep the audience in the know that even dreams might not be what they’re cracked up to be. From landing, Maddie gets into an altercation with a photographer, James Thomas (Ed Speleers) which they immediately hit it off in the worst way. Yet somehow… with little to no character development and hardly anytime together we are supposed to be fighting between which of the two men Maddie should get with. Speleers is the best actor in the film hands down but even with that notion, he’s unable to help anything that’s happening with the script. 


Lohan has her fanbase who will flock to Irish Wish, but as far as her performance is concerned, it's one of her worst. Irish Wish is overflowing with camp and it doesn’t appear to be intentional. It’s a predictable romance from the jump with absolutely nothing to root for by the end, this is truly one to wish your time back for after ingesting. 

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