August 21, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

Practical Magic

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Aidan Quinn, Camilla Belle, Stockard Channing, Goran Visnjic, Dianne Wiest, Evan Rachel Wood
director
Griffin Dunne
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Adam Brooks, Akiva Goldsman, Robin Swicord
genre
Comedy, Sci-fi and Fantasy

STARRING Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Dianne Wiest, Stockard Channing, Aidan Quinn

DIRECTED BY Griffin Dunne

I hate most witch movies,” says Bullock. ”They’re usually so campy. But this one straddles that fine line between being really sad, really funny, and really sick.” Still, we are talking witchcraft. Bullock and Kidman star as sisters in a family of conjurers who’ve been cursed for 100 years: Any man who falls in love with them is doomed to an early death — which puts a crimp in the women’s dating lives. ”It’s about family,” explains Dunne, whose film is based on Alice Hoffman’s 1995 novel. ”How these two sisters love and fight with each other, and about their relationships with their eccentric aunts.” For Dunne, the 14-week shoot wasn’t always magical — and not just because it was his first encounter with major special effects. ”There were a lot of women around,” says Kidman, who arrived on the set two days after finishing her yearlong stint on Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. ”There was so much estrogen floating around, Griffin almost went nuts.” Still, Dunne made the best of it. ”As witches go,” he says, ”these are pretty foxy.” (Oct. 9)

THE LOWDOWN Bullock and Kidman witches? We’re there, as long as it’s a lot better than Dunne’s feature debut, last year’s Addicted to Love.

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