Nora Ephron (who wrote Sleepless in Seattle
and You’ve got Mail) decided to inflict severe pain on
movie-viewers with this embarrassing nostalgic indulgence. Poor Nicole
Kidman—to have done a movie as challenging as Dogville and end up
She plays Isabel Bigelow (if only she were related to
Deuce!), a “real” witch who wants to be normal. She moves to an LA house
and starts up her ‘life as a mortal’. But an egocentric Hollywood actor
who can’t cut it on the big screen and is moving the small one (Jack
Wyatt played by Will Ferrell) casts her as an unknown for the relatively
minor role of Samantha in the remake of the Elizabeth Montgomery
It is all just drivel. Beside the one scene where
Ferrell has a spell put on him and he goes through the entire gamut of
acting styles to humorous effect, the whole movie is a yawn-fest. It
reminded me of the days I owned a breadmaker and the unfortunate loaves
that never quite rose and had to be disposed of.
Not even Shirley MacLaine or Michael Caine (as the
“real” witch playing the re-make Endora and Bigelow’s father
respectively) can charm this disaster back to life. Some movies are
mortal, all too mortal.
The special features include commentary by Ms Ephron
(which might potentially be more interesting than the feature), a trivia
track, deleted scenes, featurettes, a trivia game and some trailers.
All in all, a waste of time and a waste of money:
deciding which one of the two wins out would depend on what you have