Nicole Kidman stars as Isabel, a good witch who wants nothing more than to give up her magical powers and settle down in suburbia with a nice mortal guy, in this reworking of the popular 1960s TV comedy series.
She finds just what she's looking for in an egotistical actor played by Will Ferrell who's preparing to play Darrin in a new TV version of "Bewitched". He wants an unknown to play his wife Samantha, because a female star might upstage him. He discovers Isabel in a bookstore and she's perfect for the show. She's shy, an amateur and best of all, she can wiggle her nose like a pro.
The stars try very hard with the material given. Ferrell attempts to be funny with hammy over-the-top gestures and faces, and Kidman tries to be demure and cutesy, but it just doesn't bring any laughs. The script isn't funny and the two stars have absolutely no chemistry and their scenes together appear forced.
Director/writers Nora and Delia Ephron even underuse two talented veterans, Michael Cane as Isabel's lover-boy father Nigel and Shirley MacLaine as Endora. She comes in as a prop once in a while with long colorful boas draping around her neck. It would have been interesting to see her get into some trouble with spells gone awry.
Unfortunately, it'll take more than magic to make this so-called comedy a winner!