Practical Magic (1998) Film Review

Sisters Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian (Nicole Kidman) have grown up with  their awesome witch aunts Frances (Stockard Channing) and Jet (Dianne Wiest) after their parents died when they were children. Both rebel from their family legacy – that true love killed their parents. Gillian runs wild, running away and getting involved with perhaps not the most savoury types, and Sally avoids love… until her meddling aunts get in the way. However after several tragic events, Sally and Gillian must join forces against evil.

I really can’t believe I hadn’t seen this film before, given how much of a fan of Sandra Bullock I am. It’s a terrible wonderful film. There’s some unpleasant victim blaming, and a lot of ‘as if’ moments (though in a romantic comedy about witches in a small town, are they really as if moments? The whole film is an as if moment!), but overall, it’s great. There’s so much to enjoy, so much silliness. I loved it, I will definitely watch it again… probably over and over, really.

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