Bewitched (2005)



Critic Consensus: Bewitched is haunted by scattered laughs and a lack of direction.

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Nora Ephron directed and co-wrote this updated adaptation of a classic situation comedy that also casts a satirical eye on the entertainment industry. Jack Wyatt (Will Ferrell) is a movie star whose career has been going into a slow and steady decline. Desperate for a project that will give his reputation a jump start, Jack agrees to star in a film version of the once-popular television series Bewitched as hapless hubby Darrin Stephens, under the condition that an unknown actress be cast as the female lead so he won't be upstaged. After auditioning dozens of women who fail to make the grade, Jack meets lovely and charming Isabel Bigelow (Nicole Kidman), and is immediately certain she's the perfect choice to play witch-turned-housewife Samantha. However, there's one thing neither Jack nor the producers of the film know -- Isabel really is a witch, and while she's been trying to get along without her powers to better fit in among mortals, she will use her special talents when need be. The film also stars Michael Caine as Isabel's father, Nigel, Shirley MacLaine as Iris Smythson (the actress hired to play Endora), and Jason Schwartzman as Jack's agent. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
PG-13 (for some language, including sex and drug references, and partial nudity)
Comedy , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Nicole Kidman
as Isabel Bigelow/Samantha
Will Ferrell
as Jack Wyatt/Darrin
Shirley MacLaine
as Iris Smythson/Endora
Michael Caine
as Nigel Bigelow
Kristin Chenoweth
as Maria Kelly
Jim Turner
as Larry
Stephen Colbert
as Stu Robison
David Alan Grier
as Jim Fields
Michael Badalucco
as Joey Props
Carole Shelley
as Aunt Clara
Jarrad Paul
as Valet
Steve Carell
as Uncle Arthur
Katie Finneran
as Sheila Wyatt
James Lipton
as Himself
Conan O'Brien
as Himself
Amy Sedaris
as Gladys Kravitz
Richard Kind
as Abner Kravitz
Ed McMahon
as Himself
Mo Rocca
as Reporter
Nick Lachey
as Vietnam Soldier
P.J. Byrne
as Writer
Carol Androsky
as Realtor
Annie Mumolo
as Bed Bath and Beyond Shopper
Andrew Friedman
as Bed Bath and Beyond Shopper
Clay Bravo
as Coffee Shop Waitress
Heather Freedman
as Beverly Hills Hotel Hostess
Jonathan T. Floyd
as Cable Man
Alison MacInnis
as Auditioning Actress
Bridget Ann Brno
as Auditioning Actress
Dana Daurey
as Auditioning Actress
Dorie Barton
as Auditioning Actress
Katharine Carroll
as Auditioning Actress
Jennifer Elise Cox
as Auditioning Actress
Brittany Paige
as Auditioning Actress
Dawn Ashley Cook
as Auditioning Actress
Júlia Schüler
as Auditioning Actress
Abbey McBride
as Auditioning Actress
Jennifer Hall
as Book Soup Cafe Waitress
Roxanne Beckford
as Francine
Hugh Davidson
as Network Executive
Joe Zymblosky
as Randall
J.J. Sacha
as Voice-Over Announcer
Susan Chuang
as Press Conference Reporter
Jordan Black
as Press Conference Photographer
Julie Claire
as Hillary
Terry Savage
as Dinner Party Guest
Dianne Dreyer
as Production Staff Assistant
Kate Walsh
as Sexy Waitress
Valerie Azlynn
as Gorgeous Model
Victor Williams
as Police Officer
Liesel Staubitz
as Trick-or-Treater
Ruby Rose Skotchdopole
as Trick-or-Treater
Molly Gordon
as Trick-or-Treater
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Critic Reviews for Bewitched

All Critics (185) | Top Critics (48)

By the tepid ending, the movie appears to have been sedated.

Full Review… | November 4, 2007
Top Critic

Despite the intriguing set-up, formula proves as hard a habit for Ephron to kick as magic is for Isabel.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

What the hell is Will Ferrell doing to his career?

May 11, 2006
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

If it lost every bad idea, miscast actor, wasted performance, and botched scene, nothing would be left but the end credits.

Full Review… | September 25, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

The rabbit that's pulled out of the hat is lifeless.

July 7, 2005
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

What this revival needs is a good kick in the pants. And that Ephron and friends lack the low cunning to deliver.

Full Review… | June 29, 2005
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bewitched

Bewitched, have a charme made by yours actors, and for be remember a classic series, in this case, the homonymy popular show with Elizabeth Montgomery. But the film, have a terrible screenplay, just like the direction of Nora Ephron, beyond this Bewitched don't have any kind of entertaining or funny. Rotten.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Blech. Blah. Vomit. And this from a guy who loves Nicky Kidman.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


It's a sad day indeed when Michael Caine appears in the same film as Will Ferrell. Incompetent writing, mismatched cast and absurd dialogue make this film a dud.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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