Nora Ephron (2005)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Toil and trouble sums up this tepid rehash of 1960s sitcom Bewitched from Nora Ephron - a lot of effort seems to have gone into making a real mess. Co-writer/director Ephron betrays a profound misunderstanding of the show's appeal by taking a sexy and sassy character and replacing her with a simpering idiot. It's no wonder that Nicole Kidman appears so self-conscious in the role. She plays Isabel, a real-life witch who is offered the part of Samantha (a suburban wife and secret witch, originally played by Elizabeth Montgomery) in a remake of the show. It could have been a clever device, but Ephron throws so much else into the cauldron that it all turns stodgy. Thankfully, Will Ferrell conjures up some laughs as Kidman's mortal love interest, with an impassioned monologue about a missing dog being one of few memorable scenes. Unfortunately, even his gift for improvisation isn't enough to save the asinine plot.



Cast & Crew

Isabel Bigelow Nicole Kidman
Jack Wyatt Will Ferrell
Iris Smythson Shirley MacLaine
Nigel Bigelow Michael Caine
Richie Jason Schwartzman
Maria Kelly Kristin Chenoweth
Nina Heather Burns
Larry Jim Turner
Stu Robison Stephen Colbert
Jim Fields David Alan Grier
Director Nora Ephron
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 19 Aug 2005
Comedy Drama