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Bewitched

A movie directed by Nora Ephron

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refreshing twist on the "TV remake"

  • Jan 4, 2006
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Well-intentioned "homage" to the classic TV sitcom, with Nicole Kidman as a real-life witch who finds herself playing Samantha in a remake of the original "Bewitched" TV show. Will Ferrell plays a washed-up actor in the Darrin role, with Shirley MacLaine as the flashy, eccentric diva, tackling the role of Endora.

Isabel Bigelow (Nicole Kidman) is a witch trying to live as best she can without the aid of her magical powers, much to the dismay of her warlock father (Michael Caine). Thanks to her nose-twitching prowess, Isabel is cast as Samantha in a prospective new TV update of `Bewitched', with faded matinee idol Jack Wyatt (Will Ferrell) as Darrin. Jack and Isabel immediately strike up their own special chemistry, and the filming of `Bewitched' sails along quite smoothly. Until Isabel discovers he is using her to further his flagging career. So she turns to her very own Aunt Clara (Carole Shelley), and places a powerful revenge spell over Jack. But could love really happen between a witch and a mortal...?

Screenwriters Delia and Nora Ephron have turned the coventional idea of the "TV-to-Hollywood remake" on it's head. This remake is really a story-within-a-story, and that concept alone gives the film a freshness and the ability to be a little more flexible than your straightforward remake.

Fantastic performances all around (Kidman is delightful as Isabel/Samantha, Ferrell is a comedic cut-up as the big-headed Jack and flustered Darrin; and Shirley MacLaine gives us the epitome of the glamorous diva in full force as Iris/Endora). Kristin Chenoweth is a scene-stealer as Isabel's next-door-neighbour, and Carole Shelley is an Aunt Clara you'll adore. Amy Sedaris appears in a cameo, as Gladys Kravitz.

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review by . April 29, 2009
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 …
review by . August 28, 2006
Against anything I could have expected Bewitched was a wonderful, satisfying, make you feel good movie that just happened to be on TV on Monday night. I have always loved the original show ever since I was young, scheduling my nights to Nick at Night, gobbling up Samantha Stevens and her poor husband Darren, who had the best time in their lives, even though she was a witch and her tricks seemed to back fire all the time.    Now this movie is not exactly as you would think. I …
review by . December 06, 2005
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 …
review by . June 23, 2005
Pros: None     Cons: Lousy plot, horrible pacing, lame jokes.     The Bottom Line: A total mess, not worth a rental or your time.     Turning a classic Television series into a feature film can be a risky proposition. While the built in audience of Baby Boomers and new fans of a show gained through reruns make remakes a potentially lucrative venture, the hazards of recasting classic characters and modernizing the story to today’s audiences …
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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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