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Bewitched (2005)
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Review Date: June 20, 2005
Director: Nora Ephron
Writer: Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron
Producers: Lucy Fisher, Penny Marshall, Douglas Wick
Actors:
Nicole Kidman as Isabel
Will Ferrell as Jack
Michael Caine as Nigel
Plot:
Whilst attempting to find a woman to play the character of the witch in a remake of the classic “Bewitched” television series, the lead actor – an egotistical man who doesn’t like to share the spotlight with anyone – runs into a real-life witch, who he believes to be ideal for the part. Of course, he doesn’t know that she’s a real witch when he casts her opposite him, and needless to say, the fun is supposed to ensue soon thereafter. It does, to a certain extent, but not much more than that. Nicole Kidman acting “damn cute” ensues!
Critique:
I wasn’t expecting much going into this picture as its trailers hadn’t done much for me and despite writing one of my favorite movies of all-time (WHEN HARRY MET SALLY), I have a very low tolerance for all films “Ephron”, but this movie wasn’t all that bad, as much as it wasn’t all that good. It’s basically a light, unremarkable, affable play on the comedic series from the 1960’s (God forbid anyone in Hollywood actually make a movie these days, unrelated to an old TV show or film or TV commercial, etc…), without much full-blown comedy, a few chuckles, one or two big laughs, a clever storyline and yet another impressive performance by the wildly accessible Nicole Kidman, who someway, somehow…steals scenes from the generally-very-funny, Will Ferrell. Now I’m not sure if I’m just “Ferrell’d out” or if his character in this movie just didn’t strike me as being overly humorous, but I wasn’t particularly impressed by Will here, especially when it came to anything serious or romantic between he and Kidman, with very few sparks accounted for. Kidman, on the other hand, was as adorable and radiant as ever, with an amazingly cute turn as the witch who just wants to be more human, with an infectious whisper of a voice, the extra-cuteness of her nose wiggle and her surprisingly impressive comedic skills, which actually had me laughing it up every now and again (the scene in which she shouts that line about Ferrell’s character being a “big jerk” is classic).

I only wish the film’s script had somewhere to go after its initially engaging premise that creatively sets these folks in a TV remake of the old “Bewitched” television series (ironic that even in the production within the movie, they’re still remaking shit, instead of coming up with anything original), but it doesn’t and once Kidman’s witch character is hired to “act” like a witch in the series, you pretty much just sit back and wait for the rest of the obvious pieces of the puzzle to fall into place…and they do. Nothing creative happens after the initial concept is laid out, and sadly for the audience, not much magic or romance is displayed either, as Kidman’s character is actually trying NOT to use her powers anymore (so if we’re watching a film entitled BEWITCHED and the lead witch isn’t using her witching powers…doesn’t that make the film a basic romantic comedy? – kinda like “the tree falling in the forest” thing). Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine are also tossed in for the older generation, but their characters aren’t really all that interesting, and are actually left, unresolved at the end of the picture. I’m sure I missed several “in-jokes” as well, since I’m not familiar with the original series. All in all, I wouldn’t recommend that you pay top dollar to see this remake in theaters since not much about it entertains all out, but if you appreciate Kidman and enjoyed the basic premise of the original TV show, you might want to rent it on DVD, if only, to see how indifferent you might feel about it all, once it’s over.
(c) 2014 Berge Garabedian
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5:38PM on 01/08/2006

Where are the big laughs of the summer?

Will Ferrel has always been a very likeable comedic actor. Nicole Kidman has had some good roles. But, when you thing about: What would happen if you stuck these two together? Would it be funny or dull? In the end, the only answer whould be completely unecessary and miserably dull. I have to say that this movie was weak, but had a great potential. It's just the director decided not to take it. Plus, is this film really necessary? Bringing a remake of a T.V. show to a movie is not really
Will Ferrel has always been a very likeable comedic actor. Nicole Kidman has had some good roles. But, when you thing about: What would happen if you stuck these two together? Would it be funny or dull? In the end, the only answer whould be completely unecessary and miserably dull. I have to say that this movie was weak, but had a great potential. It's just the director decided not to take it. Plus, is this film really necessary? Bringing a remake of a T.V. show to a movie is not really that exciting. Especially if the show is one that didn't seem that popular.
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7:29PM on 08/13/2005

Disappointing

Yeah, disappointing. I mean, Ferrell was fine, but not really Ferrell-like, and kidman was Kidman, but is her ditzy turn a little too old these days? Oh well, it was not a bad way to spend 1.5 hrs, but nothing clever here, at all.
Yeah, disappointing. I mean, Ferrell was fine, but not really Ferrell-like, and kidman was Kidman, but is her ditzy turn a little too old these days? Oh well, it was not a bad way to spend 1.5 hrs, but nothing clever here, at all.
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12:20AM on 07/28/2005

Wow, Not good

Wow. This movie was a huge dissapointment for me. Even though the trailers didn't look funny, nothing in it looked good, and the overexposure of its previews on tv and billboards was starting to really piss me off, I kept telling myself: "no it has Ferrell in it, and Steve Carrell has a cameo, it has to be good." Man I was so wrong. In a year that has brought us handfuls of crap remakes, and half-assed sequals, this one has to be the worst that I had the missfortune to see. I would have
Wow. This movie was a huge dissapointment for me. Even though the trailers didn't look funny, nothing in it looked good, and the overexposure of its previews on tv and billboards was starting to really piss me off, I kept telling myself: "no it has Ferrell in it, and Steve Carrell has a cameo, it has to be good." Man I was so wrong. In a year that has brought us handfuls of crap remakes, and half-assed sequals, this one has to be the worst that I had the missfortune to see. I would have preferred it if they had just tried to straight up remake the show into a movie, instead of trying to be "original," or "has a new spin on it." One laugh was all I had during this movie, and it was at my friend, because he paid for both of us to see this over-exposed crap festival.
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9:07AM on 07/25/2005

...not so good

When i first heard about this movie i thought of how sick i am of old tv shows being made into movies, but then i saw the preview and was pleased with the direction they were going with it. It wasn't just an old tv show being made into a big screen movie, in the movie they are remaking er..."retooling" Bewitched and Ferrell plays a big actor that fell on hard times and needs this "new" series to jumpstart his career. While casting the movie he happens to cast a real life witch (Kidman) in the
When i first heard about this movie i thought of how sick i am of old tv shows being made into movies, but then i saw the preview and was pleased with the direction they were going with it. It wasn't just an old tv show being made into a big screen movie, in the movie they are remaking er..."retooling" Bewitched and Ferrell plays a big actor that fell on hard times and needs this "new" series to jumpstart his career. While casting the movie he happens to cast a real life witch (Kidman) in the role of Samantha, and a crappy blaaaah romantic comedy ensues. Its rarely funny, and often boring. Skip it.

Misc Thoughts

- Ferrell does his best and is admirable, but i think he's on the verge of over exposure.

- Kidman is cute, but for me she was the least attractive of the girls that are her friends in the movie.

- Why is Kidman's character so clueless? what witch land did she come from?

- I actually fell asleep for about 15 min in the middle of the movie, thats how disinterested i was. (keep in mind that i've seen shit like Riddick in the theater and stayed awake)
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1:18AM on 07/25/2005

I smell a summer stinker, and its called “Bewitched”



“Bewitched” looked like a pretty lame movie, from the first time I saw a teaser trailer for it. I then saw additional trailers for it, along with TV spots which did nothing to peak my interest. I just thought it was the work of bad marketing which we have seen so many times before and looking at the cast consisting of Will Ferrell, Nicole Kidman, Michael Caine, Stephen Colbert, Jason Schwartzman, and Steve Carell, I figured it had to be half way decent. So how was it you ask? Well continue


“Bewitched” looked like a pretty lame movie, from the first time I saw a teaser trailer for it. I then saw additional trailers for it, along with TV spots which did nothing to peak my interest. I just thought it was the work of bad marketing which we have seen so many times before and looking at the cast consisting of Will Ferrell, Nicole Kidman, Michael Caine, Stephen Colbert, Jason Schwartzman, and Steve Carell, I figured it had to be half way decent. So how was it you ask? Well continue reading to find out.

In the movie “Bewitched,” Jack Wyatt (Will Ferrell) is a big time actor who has made some bad film choices and is now a down on his luck actor. He then gets offered the role of his life as Darren in the remake of the TV series Bewitched. His agent Ritchie (Jason Schwartzman) makes Jack demand things including an unknown co-star to play Samantha. Why? So that Jack can look great as Darren. So Jack finds Isabel (Nicole Kidman) to play Samantha. But guess what happens, Isabel is a knock out on the set and not to mention a ratings grabber. Later on, Jack and Isabel actually fall in love on the set. But then Jack finds out that Isabel is really a witch like the character Samantha, she plays on the TV series. Fun times are supposed to ensue…

Bewitched is one of the biggest pieces of crap to hit the big screen this year. I am really sickened by this movie. I know most don’t know this but Jason Schwartzman, Stephen Colbert, and Steve Carell are some of the most underrated people in the film industry. However, even with being a huge fan of those guys, none of their characters in this sad excuse for a movie can save this movie.

This movie made me want to vomit. I sat in the theater waiting to laugh and the laughs never came. Seeing so many funny and talented people on screen that were just wasted made me question what were the filmmakers thinking. I sadly know this movie will sell even though the reviews for it are horrible because people love Will Ferrell. I actually like the guy too but he’s picking bad scripts so far this year. “Kicking and Screaming” was passable but was something I have seen 10 times before and now the incredibly awful “Bewitched.” Please start reading your scripts again Mr. Ferrell you can be funny; you just need to actually be in a movie that has a funny or witty script

There is no excuse what so ever for how badly this film sucked! None! The movie had three good writers, two of them wrote “When Harry Met Sally, “My Blue Heaven,” and “Sleepless in Seattle.” The other writer, Adam McKay, wrote “Anchorman” which as a hilarious film, so these guys know what a good script looks like. What I want to know is this, how does it take three people to write something as poor and boring as this film? I’ll never understand it.

I can’t give this film any credit. The only thing I wonder is how the hell they convinced so many talented people to be in a film that was such a bad idea in the first place. How could anyone look that this script and say oh yea that looks a must-see movie or an average movie at this point. I chuckled three times in the entire movie and that’s really sad. This will be one of those films that everyone involved in the film will want to have it erased from their resume in the near future.

So to sum everything up, DON’T SEE THIS SORRY, LAME EXCUSE FOR A MOVIE! I repeat, do not see it. I thought the “The Honeymooners” movie was bad but this film was worse. When will Hollywood learn to stop turning TV series into movies especially classic TV series! “Charlie’s Angels,” “The Honeymooners,” “Car 54, Where are you,”
“Lassie,” “Flipper,” and “Bewitched” to name a few and guess what they all stunk. Sure, there are a few that are decent (never great) but for the most part they are pure crap. Up next is “the Dukes of Hazard” which is going to be another piece of garbage and will only sell because Jessica Simpson is showing off her body. So once again what ever you do, do not see this movie. Go see Batman, Go see Herbie, go see Cinderella Man, go see the Perfect Man, see anything else but this film. I really don’t think anything else at the moment can be as bad as “Bewitched” and that’s the bottom line.

MovieManMenzel’s final rating for Bewitched is a 2/10. Avoid it!
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11:55PM on 07/24/2005

bewitched

funny,a little uneven but it stars will ferrell and he was hilarious in it.
funny,a little uneven but it stars will ferrell and he was hilarious in it.
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