BEWITCHED (2005 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Stars ìììì

Bewitched becomes an entertainment treat largely due to the acting talents of Will Farrell playing the part of Jack Wyatt/Darrin and Nicole Kidman playing the part of Isabel Bigelow/Samantha. Michael Caine is a little too sophisticated, and therefore seems misplaced, while playing his part of Nigel Bigelow, Isabel Bigelow’s father. It seems John Hurt, Christopher Lee, or even Sean Connery would have been a better casting choice for that part.

Storyline

The film tells the story of Isabel Bigelow, a real life witch, who moves to Los Angeles to begin a new life. In the meantime, Hollywood has decided to reboot the television series Bewitched and is looking for someone to play the part of Samantha. They cannot find someone who can twitch her nose well; but, Jack Wyatt discovers Isabel Bigelow in a bookstore and convinces her to audition for the part of Samantha in the Bewitched television series remake. The result becomes a comedy as spells, magical mayhem, romance, and a little witchery rule the days and nights.

Additional Thanks

Great Work for Director, Producer and Writer Nora Ephron. Thank you to Executive Producers Steven H. Berman, Bobby Cohen, and James W. Skotchdopole for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Iris Smythson/Endora (Shirley MacLaine), Ritchie (Jason Schwartzman), Maria Kelly (Kristen Chenoweth), Nina (Heather Burns), Larry (Jim Turner), Stu Robison (Stephen Colbert), Jim Fields (David Alan Grier), Joey Props (Michael Badalucco), Aunt Clara (Carole Shelley), Uncle Arthur ( Steve Carell), Sheila Wyatt (Katie Finneran), James Lipton (James Lipton), and Conan O’Brian (Conan O’Brian).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The movie is good, clean fun.

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