Irish Wish parents guide

Irish Wish Parent Guide

Careful who you wish for.

Overall B+

Netflix: When "the one that got away" gets engaged to her best friend, Maddie travels with them to Ireland to be a bridesmaid. After making a wish on an ancient stone, she wakes up as the bride-to-be and starts to wonder if this really is the life she wished for.

Release date March 15, 2024

Violence A-
Sexual Content A
Profanity B
Substance Use B

Why is Irish Wish rated PG? The MPAA rated Irish Wish PG for language.

Run Time: 93 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Maddie (Lindsay Lohan) is a book editor for a famous author, Paul (Alexander Vlahos), with whom she is secretly in love. But her inability to tell him how she feels means that she has missed her chance, and before she knows it, he’s engaged to her best friend, Emma (Elizabeth Tan). Putting friendship over her own feelings, Maddie flies to Ireland to be a bridesmaid.

The Emerald Isle can be an enchanting place, and while there, Maddie accidentally makes a magical wish. Amazingly, she finds herself engaged to Paul and only days away from marrying a man she thinks she loves but realizes she doesn’t know very well.

If you’ve watched the trailer for this film, you’ve seen the whole movie. The plot is exactly what you expect it to be, with no surprises and a lot of rom-com tropes. But this is a case where that’s not a bad thing. Yes, it’s predictable, but in a comforting and entertaining way. It’s not trying to be subversive or original. The writers know exactly what they were going for and they pull it off. Not every story needs to reinvent the wheel. Sometimes a movie can just be exactly what you expect it to be.

As someone who is generally ambivalent about romances that aren’t based on Jane Austen novels, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Irish Wish. Yes, I could have told you the entire plot after the first five minutes, but watching it play out was still enjoyable. Lohan is back to her rom-com heights and delivers a surprisingly poignant character who undergoes some realistic and healthy character growth. I didn’t detect any of the toxic messages that often infect this genre, which was refreshing. And of course, the Irish landscape alone is worth the price of admission.

I was also pleasantly surprised at the almost complete lack of negative content in this film. The PG rating is accurate, and I don’t think most parents would object to watching the show with their tweens and teens, especially considering the messages around personal empowerment and healthy relationships. Genre fans will latch onto this campy yet romantic tale set in one of the most beautiful landscapes on earth. The attractive men with Irish accents don’t hurt either.

Directed by Janeen Damian. Starring Lindsay Lohan, Ed Speleers, Alexander Vlahos. Running time: 93 minutes. Theatrical release March 15, 2024. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Irish Wish rated PG? Irish Wish is rated PG by the MPAA for language.

Violence: Two men shove each other and grapple on the ground. This is in a humorous scene.
Sexual Content: Adult couples kiss. A man gets out of the shower, but nothing below the waist is shown.
Profanity:   The script contains a single mild expletive and three terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Some scenes take place in bars. Adults drink champagne. There are references to people being drunk, but there is no on-screen intoxication.

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Irish Wish Parents' Guide

What does Maddie learn about using her voice and carving out her own destiny? How does that change in character affect herself and her relationships?

Home Video

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Ah, Irish romance. There’s plenty to choose from if you just can’t get enough of that Emerald Isle enchantment.

Finding You tells the tale of an aspiring violinist who decides to take a semester abroad in Ireland. She encounters a rising movie star, and the two find themselves figuring what they really want in life.

Amy Adams stars in Leap Year as a woman following an Irish custom that allows a woman to propose marriage on February 29th. But as she travels to find her boyfriend, she encounters an unexpected (and handsome) complication.

In a more serious turn, Eilis, a young Irish emigrant has found a second home and new love in Brooklyn. But when she returns home for a funeral, her feelings get complicated.

If you want more Lindsay Lohan rom-com fun, you can unplug your brain and watch Falling for Christmas.