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Bewitched is the 2005 Film of the Series... sort of. This film is about the filming of a remake of the series Bewitched, starring Will Ferrell as Jack Wyatt, an actor who plays Darrin, and Nicole Kidman as Isabel Bigelow, who plays Samantha. Isabel not only plays a witch in the Show Within a Show, but is a real witch In-Universe. Postmodern Hilarity Ensues, as does romance.

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  • Adorkable: Isabel SO much. Jack also briefly displays shades of this when he's not around Ritchie.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: "I'll Fall in Love" by Seiko Matsuda was the theme song in the Japanese version.
  • Animated Credits Opening: for the Show Within a Show, which tends to obscure Samantha's face and highlights Darrin's, used to portray him as the protagonist of the show.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Isabel has two moments of this: the first is when she overhears Jack and chooses to get mad about it, the second is when she walks in after she's rewound time and delivers her "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Jack.
    • Iris also seems to show hints of this subtly, it becomes more obvious at the party.
  • Brick Joke: Isabel at the beginning says that she "wants to go to the Coffee Bean and talk about things for which there is no solution." Guess what happens after she breaks up with Jack?
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  • Cloudcuckoolander: Nina and Maria believe that Isabel's Aunt Clara (and Isabel herself kinda) to be this. Maria shows shades of this in the film.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Isabel was trying to show Jack she is a real witch, he mistakes everything as stage magic, such as making a mustache appear on his yes man's face, then it vanishing, or a tiny umbrella in his drink.
  • Dance of Romance: Kinda. Partway through the "actual date" between Jack and Isabel, they go back to the studio and spend their time dancing around the set. It ends with a kiss.
  • Expy: Besides the actors and actress, half the characters outside the show are the expy of someone in the series. For those who don't get it, Isabel=Samantha, Jack=Darrin, Iris=Endora (both on and off the set), Nigel doesn't QUITE fit the mold of Maurice, but is an expy of him otherwise.
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  • The Film of the Series: A film based on the television series Bewitched.
  • Flying Broom Stick: Isabel rides one.
  • Freak Out: Jack doesn't take very well when Isabel demonstrates that she is a real witch.
  • Genki Girl: Maria. Isabel does display occasional shades of this, such as when she's jumping up and down with Maria.
  • It's All About Me: How the Bewitched reboot starts out. It gets better though.
  • Jerkass: Jack starts as a jerkass, but has a Heel–Face Turn about halfway through the film. Ritchie on the other hand is Jerkass from beginning to end.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Shortly after the second date between Jack and Isabel, the two characters try and fail to hide their feelings on the set the next day. EVERYONE else on set notices however Jack and Isabel are oblivious to this (Isabel at least until Nina points it out)
  • Large Ham: All Jack's characters, Jack himself. He's played by Will Ferrell, after all. Maria has her moments.
  • Let Him Choose: A dog in one episode of the show, and thanks to Isabel's magic, the dog Takes a Third Option.
  • Love Potion: Combined with Love Makes You Crazy.
  • Magical Gesture: Other actress notices Isabel doing it. She manages to pass it off as her character, but It turns out she's also a witch.
  • Mister Seahorse: Jack briefly worries if he'll become one.
  • Mundane Utility: At first, Isabel tries to avoid using magic at all, later she uses magic to connect her cable and TV set.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: This is shown in a montage from Isabel's point of view. Such mundane things include turning on the sprinklers in her front yard, popping popcorn in a microwave, dimming the lights and opening cans of soft drink.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: Jack Wyatt is not very nice, Isabel is fooled at first.
  • "Not Wearing Pants" Dream
  • One Head Taller: Nicole Kidman is 5'11" and Kristen Chenowith is 4'11". The difference is quite obvious when they're jumping up and down in the kitchen.
  • Painted Tunnel, Real Train: Isabel's father walks out of a series of stone arches to speak with Isabel; a moment later, as the camera pulls back, a pair of stagehands come by and pick up the large canvas flat on which the arches are painted.
  • Precision F-Strike: "What's a dick? ...What does that have to do with how obnoxious he is being?"
  • Real After All: Yes Jack, Isabel is a real witch.
  • ReBoot: In-universe, the show Bewitched goes through this.
  • Recursive Canon: The film is based around the conceit that witches are real, but that the 1960s TV series was fiction. From then on, it gets zig-zagged: despite the show being stated to be fictional, several of Isabel's in-universe relatives are identical to their TV counterparts, right down to their names. As the film progresses, the line between the 1960's TV show, rebooted TV show and in-universe reality becomes increasingly blurry and eventually disappears. The film even ends with Isabel and Jack moving into a house exactly like the set they film the show on, across the street from a real Gladys and Abner Kravitz.
  • Recursive Reality
  • Refuge in Audacity: Isabel, whenever she's "filming" shortly after she cottons on to the fact that she's The Voiceless, and briefly when she's meeting Jack's ex-wife. Iris calls her out on it briefly, but otherwise the little pranks and whatnot are passed off as random occurrences or SFX failure, mainly used to help keep up the masquerade.
  • Reset Button: Pulled partway through the film when Isabel realises that her love spell is getting out of control and rewinds it back to when Jack is on "Inside The Actors Studio." She does it again later when she drops a lighting fixture on Jack's ex-wife and realises that she may have taken it a bit too far.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Not so much the "small name" part, but Jack's ego is huge (evidenced in-universe by his own giant cappuccino machine to himself and 2 giant trailers, plus his diva attitude at the beginning of the film). It's not helped by Ritchie one bit however and it's implied that Ritchie himself encourages this.
  • Show Within a Show
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  • The Other Darrin: Referenced in universe.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Isabel delivers an absolutely EPIC one to Jack and the production team after she rewinds time.
  • The Voiceless: Samantha is this in the show, after Isabel discovers this, she gets very upset.


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