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Bewitched Review

Published June 29, 2005 in Movie Reviews
By Beth Rodio | Images property of Columbia Pictures
Bewitched Nicole Kidman in Bewitched
The very beginning of Bewitched convinced me that it was going to be a bad movie. When the audience meets the main character, Isabel, played by Nicole Kidman, she, in a conversation to her rakehell father, played by Michael Cain, pretty much summed up the whole plot in a breathless monologue. I hate when they force feed the plot to the audience.

That impression only lasted about ten minutes. As soon as the plot brought us to Jack, played by Will Ferrell, I was convinced that if nothing else, the movie may have a few laugh out loud moments. By the time Jack and Isabelle met, I had forgotten to criticize and simply enjoyed the movie.

Bewitched is Hilarious

Bewitched is funny. I mean, not just clever in a way that prompts an appreciative "huh" from the viewer, but laugh-obnoxiously-until-you-possibly-snort funny. Many of those moments when the audience is unified into an obnoxious guffaw punctuated the moments of scattered laughter. Normally here is where I would insert an example to prove my point, but I don't want to ruin any of those surprising moments for anyone.

Bewitched Will Ferrell in Bewitched
Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell work together in their roles fantastically. After those first painful minutes I (luckily) forgot I was watching Nicole Kidman and began to just enjoy her sweetly na´ve portrayal of Isabel. Jason Schwartzman, best known from Rushmore, played Ritchie, Jack's shmoozy agent with amazing success.

Bewitched had its down sides. The plot, in which Hollywood decides to remake the Bewitched TV show and accidentally hires a real witch to play Samantha, was most useful as a vehicle for comedy and not much else. The romantic aspects of the movie were funny but, as is usual with these aspects, not thrilling or even vastly interesting. I found myself caring less about whether Jack and Isabelle would end happily ever after and more about seeing Will Ferrell perform his signature combination of verbal and physical comedy that never fails to make us laugh.

Overall, however, considering how much my sides ached as I tramped happily out of the theater, and considering the dearth of actually funny comedy out there, Bewitched must go on your list of movies to see. And do go see it in the theater; hearing the audience laugh uncontrollably was almost as much fun as laughing uncontrollably yourself.

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