YMMV / Practical Magic

  • Adaptation Displacement: Most people are familiar with the movie, not the book.
  • Idiot Ball: The Bastard Boyfriend who Would Hit a Girl, and who scared Gillian so much she telephoned across the states for help, stepped out of the car to take a leak. Do they drive away? No, they sit meekly in the car, Sally at the steering wheel, and wait for him to come back.
    • He had taken the car keys, so they couldn't drive away. The real Too Dumb to Live moment was when Gillian went back for her tiger's eye despite knowing that Jimmy could be anywhere.
  • Idiot Plot: Most of the film's plot revolves around the consequences of Sally and Gilly trying to cover the fact that they killed Gillian's abusive Bastard Boyfriend in self-defense, after he held Gillian at gun-point, kidnapped both of them, implied he would rape (and possibly kill) them, and definitely tried to brand and strangle Gillian. As Sally herself Lampshades, they should have just come forward and pleaded self-defense, and most likely would have gotten a slap on the wrist at worst. Instead, their idiotic attempts to bring him back to life and then bury his body in their backyard creates a whole clusterfuck of problems (both supernatural and legal) that just just dig themselves deeper.
    • Part of their reluctance to turn themselves in is due to having used belladonna to kill him - or more accurately, accidentally killing him while merely trying to knock him out. It's an unusual herb to be carrying around with you, which could arouse suspicion. But the trope comes right back into play since, considering the women both had a background in using herbs harmlessly for years, Gillian could have merely said that she normally used it for herself as a sleep aid.
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