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.
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.”