Practical Magic

Warner Bros. Released 1998


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Griffin Dunne

Practical Magic is a 1998 comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as supernaturally gifted sisters. After losing both their parents, Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian Owens (Nicole Kidman) were raised by their aunts, Fran (Stockard Channing) and Jet (Dianne Wiest), who secretly happen to be witches. Sally and Gillian have inherited the family magical gifts as well as an ancient curse that dooms their love lives. Every man they love will suffer an early death. Each Owens sister rebels in their own way. Feisty Gillian has a taste for wild men, like Jimmy (Goran Visnjic) and practical Sally tries to craft a suburban life, but when her husband gets killed by a car, she returns to her aunts' house and tries to use her gift for potions to make beauty products. When Gillian's bad boy creates a dangerous situation, Officer Gary Hallet (Aidan Quinn) comes to the house to investigate and the Owens' secret life may be revealed, or maybe the family curse can finally be broken. Griffin Dunne directs this funny and romantic witches' brew.



Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Based on Alice Hoffman's fanciful novel and directed with go-for-broke prettiness by Griffin Dunne, Practical Magic is nothing but a guilty pleasure.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    It just doesn't add up to anything -- or break down -- to anything special. For good or bad, there's hardly a memorable scene in it.

  • 30

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    Part comedy, part family drama, part romance, part special-effects mystery-adventure, and not entirely satisfying on any of these levels, this hodgepodge suffers from the conflicti...

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock

Sally Owens

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

Gillian Owens

Dianne Wiest

Dianne Wiest

Aunt Bridget 'Jet' Owens

Stockard Channing

Stockard Channing

Aunt Frances 'Fran' Owens

Goran Visnjic

Goran Visnjic

Jimmy Angelov

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  • QUOTES (7)

    • Aunt Jet: (to young Sally, wondering if the reason why the Owens women are hated so much is because, for more than two hundred years, they have been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong in town) They don't hate us, sweetheart. We just - we make them a little nervous.

    • Aunt Jet: Be careful what you wish for.

    • Aunt Francis: (to Sally, longing for a normal life) My darling girl, when are you going to understand that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage.

    • Young Sally: (reciting) "He will hear my call a mile away. He will whistle my favorite song. He can ride a pony backwards."
      Young Gillian: (entering and standing in the conservatory doorway) What are you doing?
      Young Sally: Summoning up a true love spell, called Amas Veritas. (plucks a petal from a vase of pink roses) "He can flip pancakes in the air. He'll be marvelously kind. His favorite shape will be a star. (picking more petals from a star-shaped white flower) And he'll have ... one green eye and one blue." (picks more leaves and petals from another plant along on the shelf. Gillian follows her and peers at the plant.)
      Young Gillian: (turning from the shelf to face Sally) Thought you never wanted to fall in love.
      Young Sally: (pensively) That's the point. The guy I dreamed of doesn't exist. And if he doesn't exist, I'll never die of a broken heart.

    • Aunt Jet: There's a little witch in all of us.

    • Sally: I dream of a love that even time will lie down and be still for.

    • Sally: There're some things, though, I know for certain. Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Plant lavender for luck. And fall in love whenever you can.

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Comedy, Drama, Music


Romantic Comedy