Release Year: 1998
Director: Griffin Dunne
Writers: Robin Swicord (screenplay), Akiva Goldsman (screenplay), Adam Brooks (screenplay), Alice Hoffman (based on her 1995 novel Practical Magic)
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Aidan Quinn, Stockard Channing, Dianne Wiest, Goran Visnjic, Evan Rachel Wood, Alexandra Artrip, Mark Feuerstein
Two witch sisters, raised by their eccentric aunts in their small town family home, faces prejudice and a family curse that could prevent them from ever finding lasting love.
Bullock (Hope Floats, 1998) and Kidman (Batman Forever, 1995), two great young stars of the 1990s, stars as two sister who couldn’t be more different in this charming romantic fantasy film. The sisters are out of an old witch family plagued by a curse that means that none of their husband (if they are truly loved by their wives) are not allowed to live to old age. Bullock’s Sally has done the sensible thing and married a man she loved and had two lovely daughter whereas Kidman’s Gillian leads a promiscuous and rather unsafe existence. Sally is now a widow and Gillian returns with a possessive and abusive boyfriend on her tow. From here the story develops into a romantic, sweet, unusual story with a bit of magic and a bit of fun. Despite some darker themes, this film is like a warm comfy blanket that just wraps itself around you. No, it isn’t brilliant, but thanks to two good actresses and a wonderful and sweet story, it is also a joy to watch. Too saccharine for some but still recommended for those who enjoy some gentle female witch-empowerment.
NB: This terrible trailer not only gives away major plot points, it also does the film a great disservice by making it look like a lighthearted comedy.
The wonderful house the witches live in was an architectural shell built especially for the film. Even the flowers of the garden bushes are fake and made of silk. Everything was torn down again after the film wrapped.
Picture Copyright: Warner Bros.