The Wizard is a 1989 American family film directed by Todd Holland, written by David Chisholm, and starring Fred Savage, Christian Slater, Jenny Lewis, Beau Bridges, and Luke Edwards. It was also Tobey Maguire's film debut.


Jimmy Woods is a young boy suffering from PTSD after his twin sister, Jennifer, drowned two years earlier. Prone to wandering away from home at random times, he perpetually carries around a lunchbox while frequently repeating the word "California." Jennifer's death resulted in a split of Jimmy's family: he lives with his mother, Christine, and stepfather, Mr. Bateman, while his older half-brothers, Nick and Corey, live with their father, Sam. Exasperated by Jimmy's behavior, Christine and Mr. Bateman decide to commit Jimmy to an institution. Unwilling to allow it, Corey sneaks Jimmy out, and they start traveling on foot for Los Angeles. Nick and Sam resolve to bring the boys back, in competition with Mr. Putnam, a greedy bounty hunter hired by Mr. Bateman and Christine to find Jimmy.