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Bewitched

A movie directed by Nora Ephron

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About What I Expected!

  • Apr 29, 2009
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This is not a good film by any means though Kidman is gorgeous and Will Farrell seems to recreate a similar obnoxious character to Ron Burgandy. Shirley MacClain is wonderful as the actress playing Endora with a few secrets of her own as is Michael Cain as Kidman's father. The highlights of the movie are the unexpected visits of Aunt Clara (Kidman's aunt) and Uncle Arthur (we are not sure if what he is).

Generally, the movie starts off pretty inept with Kidman bored with her life as a witch, tries to give it a go as a human much to her father's chagrin. She is discovered in a bookstore by Farrell who has been cast a Darrin in a new Bewitched series. He is looking for someone with the right nose wiggle which he immediately notices from Kidman. From there it gets totally lame with Kidman cast as the wife of Darren with no speaking parts in the new series. It continues downhill until the end where there is a cameo by Gladys and Abner Kravitz which is the only redeeming portion of the end. Better to watch this one on cable than to buy it.

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As one of many in the ongoing trend of resurrecting old TV shows and turning them into contemporary Hollywood product,Bewitchedtries awfully hard to distinguish itself. It succeeds in lots of surprising ways, not least of which is the star power brought by Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. Even if they don't create the kind of romantic chemistry that would have elevated the already high concept, they act as delightful foils to each other, but more often to themselves. The conceit of thisBewitchedis that it's a self-reflexive look at the entertainment business, with Ferrell playing Jack Wyatt, an actor starring in an updated version of the classic TV show. Out of favor with the Hollywood elite and desperately in need of a hit, he insists on an unknown to play Samantha, as he wants the show to be abouthim, since if something doesn't come his way soon, he's going to be hearing a lot of no's, despite the yes-men surrounding him. While his agent (Jason Schwartzman in hilarious high Hollywood sleaze mode) gets him the "unknown Samantha" deal, it's Jack himself who discovers his own leading lady in the delightful figure of Isabel Bigalow (Kidman), who possesses just the right nose wiggle, not to mention other wiggles.

But wouldn't you know it, Isabel really is a witch, and exactly the kind of "good" witch trying to rely less on her magical powers that Samantha Stevens was back in her "real" world. Instead of a ...

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