Bewitched is a 2005 American romantic comedy fantasy film written, produced, and directed by Nora Ephron, and starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell alongside an ensemble cast featuring Shirley MacLaine, Michael Caine, Jason Schwartzman, Kristin Chenoweth, David Alan Grier, Heather Burns, and Stephen Colbert.
The film follows an out-of-work actor (Ferrell) who discovers, in the making of a retooling of Bewitched, that his co-star (Kidman) is an actual witch. Produced by Columbia Pictures, the film is a re-imagining of the television series of the same name (produced by Columbia's Screen Gems television studio, now Sony Pictures Television). Bewitched opened theatrically in the United States and Canada on June 24, 2005 to both critical and commercial failure, earning only $63 million in domestic grosses from an $85 million budget.
Jack Wyatt is a narcissistic actor who is approached to play the role of Darrin in a remake of the 1960s sitcom Bewitched, but insists that an unknown play Samantha. Isabel Bigelow is an actual witch who decides she wants to be normal and moves to Los Angeles to start a new life and becomes friends with her neighbor Maria Kelly. She goes to a bookstore to learn how to get a job after seeing an advertisement of Ed McMahon on television. Jack happens to be at the same bookstore after attending some failed Samantha auditions. Jack spots Isabel and persuades her to audition. At the same time, while she is trying to settle into her new life, Isabel's intrusive father, Nigel, keeps appearing to convince her to return home, despite several rejections from Isabel.
After Isabel impresses the show's producers and writers, Jack finally convinces Isabel to join the show. Also joining the show is legendary actress Iris Smythson as Endora. After a successful taping of the pilot, Isabel happens to overhear a conversation Jack is having with his agent Ritchie. They are talking about how they tricked Isabel to appear without having any lines. Furious, Isabel storms off with Maria and new friend Nina close behind. She decides she only has three choices: quit, get mad or live with it. Instead, Isabel's Aunt Clara visits and aids Isabel in casting a spell on Jack in order to make him fall in love with her. At the same time, Nigel is introduced to Iris and becomes infatuated with her.
The spell works and Jack becomes love struck by Isabel, insisting on several script changes to give her some dialogue and jokes, ignoring statements from test groups preferring Isabel over him. Jack's affection for Isabel grows and he asks her out on a date, making Isabel forget about the spell. But when he brings her home, she remembers and reverses it back to the time when she and Aunt Clara cast it. The next day, rather than the events the spell presented, Jack is outraged by the scores he received and takes his anger out on Isabel, who lashes back at him. Ritchie fires her and she storms off. Rather than be angry at her, Jack is fascinated with Isabel and chases after her, taking all her comments into consideration. So, after another great taping (with Isabel getting dialogue), a romance blossoms between the two. But the next day, Jack's ex-wife Sheila Wyatt arrives, determined to woo Jack back. Isabel sees this and casts a spell on her making her sign the divorce papers and have her decide to move to Iceland. Jack, thrilled, announces he will be throwing a party at his house celebrating the divorce.
Nigel attends the party with Iris and when Nigel begins flirting with much younger guests, Iris reveals that she is also a witch and casts a spell on each woman. When Jack makes a toast stating truth will be revealed with everyone, Isabel decides to tell Jack she is a witch. At first, thinking she is simply an amateur magician, Jack officially believes her when she levitates him with her broom. Jack becomes frightened and shoos her away with a stick. Offended, Isabel flies off.
Jack takes this hard, being brought to the studios by the police and becoming disenchanted with the project. Isabel decides to return home as she no longer wishes to stay. Jack, imagining himself on the Conan O'Brien Show, is visited by Uncle Arthur. Arthur convinces Jack not to let Isabel leave, because Jack still loves her and would not be able to return for one-hundred years (which is later proven to be a lie Arthur made up to inspire Jack). Arthur drives him to the studio where he finds Isabel at the set. Jack apologizes to her and tells her he wants to marry her. They do and move into their new neighborhood (which resembles the neighborhood in the series).
- Nicole Kidman as Isabel Bigelow / Samantha Stephens
- Will Ferrell as Jack Wyatt / Darrin Stephens
- Shirley MacLaine as Iris Smythson / Endora
- Michael Caine as Nigel Bigelow
- Jason Schwartzman as Ritchie
- Kristin Chenoweth as Maria Kelly
- Heather Burns as Nina
- Stephen Colbert as Stu Robison
- David Alan Grier as Jim Fields
- Jim Turner as Larry
- Katie Finneran as Sheila Wyatt
- Carole Shelley as Aunt Clara
- Steve Carell as Uncle Arthur
- Amy Sedaris as Gladys Kravitz
- Richard Kind as Abner Kravitz
- Ed McMahon as Himself
- Conan O'Brien as Himself
- James Lipton as Himself
- Nick Lachey as Vietnam soldier
- Kate Walsh as Waitress
- Abbey McBride as Auditioner
- Teri Robinson as The Witch
Uncredited Archive Footage
- Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha Stephens
- Dick York as Darrin Stephens
- Agnes Moorehead as Endora
- Paul Lynde as Uncle Arthur
Bewitched (2005 film) on Wikipedia. Retrieved on July 31, 2016. Updated on August 25, 2021.
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