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At Theaters: 10/16/1998 On Video: 2/16/1999
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 50 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 109805
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Sally and Gillian Owens have always known they were different. Raised by their aunts after their parents' death, the sisters grew up in a household that was anything but typical. The little girls stayed up late and studied spell books, practicing the ancient arts that had been passed down through their family from generation to generation.

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Comedy - Practical Magic is a supernatural romantic comedy clearly aimed primarily at a female audience. The story involves elements of female revenge and empowerment, and scenes designed to inspire cheers of approval from female viewers. Viewers who do not connect with those themes will probably find the story too scattered and unfocused, with little action until the final fifteen minutes. Fans of Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman will probably enjoy their performances.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Sandra Bullock (A Time To Kill)
Nicole Kidman (The Peacemaker)
Producer: Denise Di Novi (Almost Heroes)
Director: Griffin Dunne (Addicted To Love)
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About The Production
The Die Is Cast
From The Ground Up
The Art of Flying
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PROFANITY: Moderately strong and moderately frequent
SEX/NUDITY: Some sexual innuendo
VIOLENCE: Assaults on female characters
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Two scenes involving intoxication from alcohol
ACTION: Attacks by a ghost
COMEDY: Dark comedy involving death and magic.
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There's no focus to the story. It's a comedy that gets too serious, a crowd-pleaser that turns too bizarre, a romantic love story that suddenly turns into a sisterly love story. It's certainly never a bore, especially with Kidman throwing off sparks. It also never comes together as anything more than the sum of its disparate parts. I'm not sure what the recipe for Practical Magic was supposed to create, but it adds up to a casserole of clashing flavors, a supernatural stew with the power to grasp unsuspecting film critics in a claw of uncertainty.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 170 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
5
Fairly High
100%%
13-19Teens (F)
34
Very High
91%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
24
Fairly High
88%%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
25
High
88%
30+Adults (M)
25
Fairly High
84%
30+Adults (F)
57
High
95%
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Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian (Nicole Kidman} Owens have always known they were different. Raised by their aunts after their parents' death, the sisters grew up in a household that was anything but typical-rules were for other people. The little girls ate chocolate cake for breakfast, stayed up late and studied spell books, practicing the ancient arts that had been passed down through their family from generation to generation.

Attempting to pass on the unique and powerful psychic heritage of the Owens women, Aunt Jet (DIANNE WEST) and Aunt Frances (STOCKARD CHANNING) hope to give their nieces the strength that comes from the use of practical magic. But the invocation of the Owens' sorcery also carries a price -- some call it a curse: true love can never be more than an elusive dream to the women, always just out of reach.

The quieter Sally begins to fear that she will never find her soul mate. Trying to distance herself from her foremothers, she denies her powers and strives to build herself a normal,' magic-free life. The more fiery Gillian, reckless and restless and thrilled by her pull over men, embraces her powers and sets out on a tumbleweed existence that leaves a trail of broken hearts in her wake.

When Gillian meets Jimmy (GORAN VISNJIC), a malevolent drifter with a penchant for violence, she unwittingly sets off a chain of explosive events that brings police officer Gary Hallet (AIDAN QUINN) onto the family porch and into Sally's heart, while releasing a swarm of dark forces that threatens the lives of all the Owens women.

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