Parents' Guide to

The Witches of Eastwick

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Satan vs. BFF feminism in grownup fantasy-comedy.

Movie R 1987 118 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

pretty bad film

Not an enjoyable film. I am surprised this website recommends anything by John Updike, who glorified pedophilia in at least one of his books. Unless middle-aged men perving over teenagers is something you want to expose your kids to, that is. Boring movie, vulgar, gross (much vomiting), no real character development, no depth of complexity. Just an excuse for Nicholson as the devil to talk dirty. Ostensibly feminist, but more like boring, unsexy, and disappointing. Glorification of witchcraft although the women never call themselves witches. The only character who realizes Nicholson is evil is killed off and presented as a religious fanatic. God's name taken in vain many times. The ending is predictable. Themes involving pregnancy as well. Not for younger teenagers or young kids, eighteen and up.
age 18+

Great show

It's a great movie !!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Sorcery elements in THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK may attract teens, but this is a more or less grown-up fairy tale, heavy on the pillow talk and the dating/mating/relating satire. At least until a climactic firestorm of special effects and sloppy storytelling starts going on a bit too long and indicates that the filmmakers didn't buy into brainy writer John Updike's uncinematic novel for the philosophy bits.

This is a slickly made, big-budget frolic, ostensibly about the innate and untapped power of women, unleashed (to his eventual regret) by the most evil man in the universe, the original Serpent from Eden. Still, the cast is wonderful, and Jack Nicholson's jolly devil is
a pretty likeably guy for most of the movie, most amusing and sympathetic when he claims he just wants a little love and gratitude from the women he helps. That this is based on a book by a guy, with a script by a guy, directed by a guy, attempting to make a statement about emancipated females, is apparent after a while.

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