Theatrical Release: June 24, 2005


In this romantic comedy, actor Jack Wyatt (Will Ferrell) is in desperate search for an actress to play the part of Samantha in a remake of the TV series Bewitched and discovers Isabel Bigelow (Nicole Kidman) at a café. She can’t act, but she can wiggle her nose and also is outstanding at improvising lines that would come from the mind of a witch. That’s because she is a witch. Desiring to give up witchcraft, Isabel chooses to keep her family heritage a secret. The struggle to give up her old ways, such as getting her heart’s desire with the snap of a finger, tortures Isabel. She wavers between the convenience and pleasure of making things happen supernaturally and living a more normal life without such control over outcomes. Isabel’s father (Michael Caine) is a womanizer, and his girlfriend is a fellow witch (Shirley MacLaine). This film should appeal to those who liked the TV series.

Dove Review

Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman do an excellent job in their roles. Ferrell portrays a very self centered actor, Jack Wyatt, whose primary thoughts and actions are about him. Kidman plays Isabel Bigelow, a witch who is trying to be “normal” by putting her supernatural abilities on hold. She wants a man to take care of, and she desires someone who needs her. Wyatt wants her for selfish reasons and that is when the interaction between them gets interesting.

There is a lot of witchcraft and spell casting in the film just like there was in the television show. It was fun to see two wonderful actors together again—Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine. They have starred together in two films that I know of: “Gambit,” a 1966 comedy, and “Woman Times Seven,” a 1967 comedy. I don’t think they have acted together since then so it was great to see them together in “Bewitched.”

Content Description

Sex: Man says "let's make love in a hot air balloon" and then says same thing but in other places; man portrayed as a male who seduces females, sleeps with them and then dumps them; man talks about his ex-wife sleeping with another man.
Language: H-2; A-2; slang word (p-word) for female genitals but meant in the pop culture context of being weak or chicken-8; Scr*w-3; crude term for male genitals-3; OMG-4; G-sakes-3.
Violence: Stage lighting falls on top of a woman
Drugs: Reference is made to being high and to smoking crack; drinking at a party; couple drinks bottle of wine at a party.
Nudity: Man shown naked but private parts are blurred.
Other: throughout the film spells are cast; witch makes things appear and disappear; witch runs time backwards; woman puts a "hex" on a man.


Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Director: Nora Ephron
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 90 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, Shirley MacLaine, Michael Caine
Reviewer: Dave Lukens