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Review (3/10)
(By Brendan Cullin)

Bewitched is one of a trifecta of movies coming out this summer based on an old television series, with the other two being the horrible The Honeymooners and the other being the yet to be released The Dukes of Hazzard. I just hope that Dukes isn't as shitty as its predecessors.

The movie stars Nicole Kidman as Isabel Bigelow, a reformed witch who lands a starring role as Samantha in the television remake of the sitcom Bewitched. The remake will also feature washed up movie star Jack Wyatt (Will Ferrell) as Darren and Iris Smythson (Shirley MacLaine) as Endora. Athough Isabel has sworn off witchcraft as she attempts to lead a "normal" life, Jack's obnoxious behaviour prompts her to cast a spell on her co-star and use her magic for various hijinks on the set of the show. If you are lucky, you might laugh two or three times throughout this entire movie.

Bewitched is supposed to be a movie that is some sort of romantic comedy about a remake of an old television sitcom but I can assure you that this movie is neither romantic nor comedic. In fact, it borders on being a complete farce. I'm really not too sure what to say about this movie except that I really did not like it. Yeah, I laughed a few times. The scene where Jack Wyatt makes an appearance on Conan O'Brien comes to mind for being somewhat comical. And I'm sure I laughed one or two other times. Nicole Kidman was cute prancing around the big screen and wiggling her nose. The premise about the movie being about a remake of a television series was a different twist on things.

But really, this movie doesn't have enough going for it for me to even remotely consider recommending it. It isn't funny enough. The chemistry between Kidman and Ferrell is like the chemistry between oil and water. The movie has more loose ends than the Michael Jackson trial. Like what happened to the Shirley MacLaine/Michael Caine (who plays Isabel's father) storyline? Fucked if I know. Maybe it was wrapped up when I dozed off for two minutes because I was so bored but I doubt it. And what about the Jason Schwartzman character? He had some potential but just sort of disappeared at some point during the movie. I'm sure there were some "inside" jokes during the movie that made reference to the original series but I have to admit I never really saw the original show so I cannot comment on those. I do know, however, that I have caught glimpses of the Bewitched series with the ridiculous talking cat that is currently on television and let me tell you, I would much prefer to watch that talking cat than see this movie ever again.

I'm sure there will be plenty of critics who use the punchlines about there being no magic in this movie or not enough magic to save this movie and whatnot. All I will say is I would rather have sex with the Wicked Witch of the West before ever wanting to see this movie again and I'll just leave it at that. And by Wicked Witch of the West, I mean that green bitch from The Wizard of Oz. I actually enjoyed The Perfect Man more than I enjoyed Bewitched and that in itself is enough to make any witch cast a spell on my sorry ass.

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