Ordinary Magic

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Ordinary Magic
Directed by Giles Walker
Produced by Paul Stephens
Written by Jefferson Lewis
Malcolm Bosse (Novel-Ganesh)
Starring Glenne Headly
David Fox
Paul Anka
Anver Jameel
Kamalini Selvarajan
Ryan Reynolds
Music by Mychael Danna
Cinematography Paul Sarossy
Edited by Ralph Brunjes
Release date
1993 (1993)
Running time
103 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

Ordinary Magic is a 1993 Canadian film about a boy who is raised in India by his father. The story is based on the novel Ganesh by Malcolm Bosse [1] with Canada substituting in the film for the book's Midwestern USA location. This marks the debut of Ryan Reynolds.


Jeffrey/Ganesh (Ryan Reynolds) has been raised with the ideals of social activism as part of his everyday life. His father spends the better part of their lives fighting for social justice in India. After his father dies, being only fifteen years old, Jeffrey is sent to a small town in Ontario to live with his aunt Charlotte (Glenne Headly). Through several comedic situations and with considerable effort, he manages to make friends and fit into his new, much smaller world of his. However, when his aunt receives an unfair eviction notice from her sleazy landlord (Paul Anka), every bit of his background and training comes into play, as he works with her to put on a well-publicized hunger strike, or Satyagraha, which wins the admiration of the local citizens.


Actor Role
Ryan Reynolds Ganesh / Jeffrey
Glenne Headly Charlotte
Paul Anka Joey Dean
Cara Pifko Lucy
David Fox Father / Warren
J. Winston Carroll Billy / Police Chief
Mark Wilson Mr. Harris
Denawaka Hamine Vani
Henry Jayasena Priest


Rotten Tomatoes does not have an official critics rating for this film, but Audience Scoring is at 83%, with an average rating of 3.5 out 5 stars.[2]


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