Practical Magic (1998)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA/Australia, 1998.  DiNovi Pictures, Fortis Films, Stargate Studios, Village Roadshow Pictures, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by , , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Here’s an unfortunate waste: gifted actors, a great germ of an idea for a story (New England witches and their personal problems), all undone by a hackneyed script and juvenile direction by Griffin Dunne that emphasizes silly comedy over meaningful wit. and are modern-day sorceresses living with their equally mystical aunts (, , whose scenes are the best).  The girls get themselves into a whole mess of trouble when they do away with Kidman’s abusive boyfriend () and he comes back to haunt them. Brimming over with too many plot elements (Bullock’s love interest with police investigator , the girls’ family history, the town’s superstitions against them) the film is messy and silly.

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