Movies about girl witches, like genteel collections of women's erotica, always seem to promise more than they deliver. The premise hints at adventure, perhaps even danger, but the results are, more often than not, so coy, so bland, so nice. Pop culture broke out in a rash of witches in the '60s, most notably Samantha Stevens of the TV series "Bewitched," who, like Sally Owens (Sandra Bullock), the heroine of Griffin Dunne's "Practical Magic," just wanted to be "normal." Though she possessed all sorts of supernatural powers, Sam preferred to live in the suburbs with her anal-retentive drip of a husband, ghostwriting his ad slogans for rug cleaner and peanut butter.
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