Practical Magic

1998 PG-13 1h 44m DVD

Practical Magic

1998 PG-13 1h 44m DVD
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Sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are modern-day witches whose love lives are complicated by an unusual curse: Men who fall in love with them meet untimely ends. But against the advice of their eccentric aunts, the sisters continue to seek romance.
Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Stockard Channing, Dianne Wiest, Goran Visnjic, Aidan Quinn, Evan Rachel Wood, Alexandra Artrip, Mark Feuerstein, Caprice Benedetti, Camilla Belle
Griffin Dunne
Widescreen 1.85:1
French, English
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this romantic fantasy includes some passionate kissing and groping, as well as sexual references. Themes of loss, tension, and violence are throughout (including a scary scene when a boyfriend tries to painfully brand his girlfriend and semi-comic scenes of death). Some parents might be concerned about the theme of witchcraft (benign or otherwise), which include scenes of bringing a man back to life and spiritual possession.

Sexual Content

A few scenes of passionate kissing and groping. There is also sexy suggestive dancing, sexual innuendos, and references to women being promiscuous adulterers.


Themes of loss, tension, and violence throughout. Jimmy hits, chokes, and attempts to "brand" Gillian as his possession. Sally smashes a frying pan over Jimmy's head as self defense, killing him. Semi-comical scenes of peril.


Gillian is called a "slut" and kids sing "witch, witch you're a bitch."

Social Behavior

Some strong positive messages about family and the bond of sisterhood. Some mixed messages about powerful women and sexuality. Other themes include the idea that hate and prejudice comes from fear of the unknown and unfamiliarity.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The girls share a night of drinking margaritas and taking tequila shots. Jimmy is an alcoholic who drinks all day. The more he drinks the more aggressive and violent he becomes. Some of the characters smoke, including Gillian.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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