This hackneyed, hapless, and utterly useless redo of an overrated 1960s sitcom is excruciating to sit through for a dozen reasons. Chief among them is the sight of Will Ferrell being hung out to dry by director Nora Ephron, who strands him in the middle of the sitcom frame and begs him to find the laughs in her barren, lazy screenplay (written with sister Delia), making him look not like the clown he's trying to be, but the fool no one would want to be. Nicole Kidman fares no better as real-life witch Isabel, who is cast to play make-believe witch Samantha opposite Ferrell's Jack in this remake-within-a-remake. If the Ephrons make Ferrell look like a schmuck, they render Kidman a total idiot. Bewitched is a waste of time, a waste of money (not yours, one hopes), and a waste of people like Amy Sedaris (who shows up in the last scene as neighbor Gladys Kravitz) and The Daily Show's Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell. A hex on everyone involved.
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