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Bewitched

Release Date: June 24, 2005


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Position Staff In Brief
51/60 Les Winan Given the talent involved, this should have been much, much better. Credit for what quality there is goes to Kidman and Farrell.
140/166 David Mumpower I'm hereby declaring a moratorium on any "insider" film remakes which attempt the show-within-a-show gambit. It is doomed to fail and rightly so.

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With a twinkle of her nose, Samantha Stephens can make any person's dreams come true. Absolute power corrupts absolutely in theory, but our black-hatted heroine is so pure of heart that she hasn't let this omnipotence go to her head.

Instead, Samantha has chosen to live out her existence as a suburban housewife married to an impossibly goofy man. The shock of it has created quite a rift in her family. Several of her witchy relatives such as identical cousin Serena zap in for unannounced visits in order to remind her of the poor decision making she has demonstrated. So, Samantha's family is just like yours but with more spell casting.

Script rumors abound, but the only confirmation thus far is that the movie will deviate from the show in one important regard. Rather than jump into the marital relationship, the first film in the would-be franchise will instead focus on the couple's Meet Cute story. The hubby to be probably won't find out his wife's secrets until their wedding night (but really, what relationship isn't like that?). At this point, wacky hijinks are likely to ensue.

We know this because of the rumored selections for Darren. All are of the slapstick variety, with Mike Myers and Jim Carrey both circling the part before the suddenly hot Will Ferrell Elf-ed his way into the role. His good fortune is to discover Nicole Kidman returning to familiar territory by taking on the part of Samantha. After her largely forgettable work as a witch in Practical Magic, there is nowhere to go but up.
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The classic 1964 TV show's concept was so cleverly innovative that it was almost immediately ripped off with the arrival of I Dream of Jeannie the following year. Both shows represented the growing movement of feminism, and with current TV and movies trending toward women who kick ass, it's only fitting that both shows are being considered for theatrical adaptation. As before, Bewitched will get there first with production scheduled to begin in early 2004 with a targeted end of year release. (David Mumpower/BOP)




Vital statistics for Bewitched
Main Cast Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, Kristin Chenoweth
Supporting Cast Jason Schwartzman
Director Nora Ephron
Screenwriter Nora Ephron
Distributor Sony/Columbia
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Official Site http://sonypictures.com/movies/bewitched/
Rating PG-13
Running Time 101 minutes
Screen Count 3,174
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture


     


 
 

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