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Movie review

'Bewitched' doesn't cast much of a spell

By BILLY NORRIS
Published June 27, 2005


MOVIE: Bewitched

RATING: PG-13 for some language, including sex and drug references, and partial nudity

SUMMARY: Isabel Bigelow (Nicole Kidman) is a witch who has always longed for the simplicity of a mortal life. Simultaneously, overly self-confident Hollywood actor Jack Wyatt (Will Ferrell) is coming off a box office bomb and wants to settle into a high-profile television role. After signing Jack to act as "Darrin" in a remake of the classic series Bewitched, the show needs the perfect "Samantha." When he spots Isabel wiggling her nose at a local bookstore, Jack begs her to take the role. She reluctantly obliges, much to the chagrin of her skeptical wizard father, Nigel (Michael Caine), and goes to work in a remarkably ironic job while struggling to keep her secret under wraps.

MY VIEW: Remakes seem to be the name of the game these days with more and more sequels, prequels and do-overs seeing large-scale release. But this one is not just a remake of the widely popular 1964-72 television series. It is a movie about making a remake of Bewitched. Ferrell is as goofy as ever, with several comedic moments that remind me of Anchorman. Kidman fits the physical image of Samantha perfectly, yet she is definitely better than her mediocre acting here. That glitch was made more apparent by the odd chemistry between Kidman and Ferrell. The last 25 minutes were the major downfall. The plot slipped when all comedic focus was lost. The ending was a total cliche, blatantly tipping its hat to the original series. This one has enough charm to win over audiences but not enough finesse to set it apart from the rest of the romantic comedy pack.

RECOMMENDATIONS: A good date movie that will go over well with nostalgic adults and most teens.

GRADE: B-

- Billy Norris, 17, will be in the 12th grade at Seminole High School and is a former member of the X-Team.

[Last modified June 24, 2005, 09:40:04]


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