The Witches of Eastwick
In this scandalously sexy, eye-popping feast, three bored friends (Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon) can't resist the devilish charms of the new man in town (Jack Nicholson). But the ladies soon discover that there's a surprise in getting what you wish for. Nicholson is intense and funny in his over-the-top performance as Satan.
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- George Miller
- 1988 Academy Award®
- Best Sound nominee
- Best Music Score nominee
RRestricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; production notes. Please note, the disc menu has 3 audio soundtracks, English, French and Musical Score Only. If the DVD plays music only, please select the appropriate language in the disc menu.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that there's much sex talk, including frank discussions of what penis sizes/shapes women prefer. No sex is actually shown, despite female characters dressing in alluring clothes and obviously participating in a bedroom foursome with Daryl Van Horne. Some religious households may be offended by the "witchcraft" (present in the title more than anywhere else), likeability of the devil, or the insignificance of the neighborhood church. Horrific elements -- mostly played for laughs -- include gross vomiting and Daryl mutating into a monstrous being at the end, potentially scary for little ones, who shouldn't be watching in the first place thanks to frequent swearing (the f-word, above all). There are idealized scenes of romantic, recreational drinking. Teens assigned to read the John Updike novel for school should know that the movie is no substitute; it doesn't share the same themes, tone, or even time period.
- Sexual Content
- Lots of talk about sex, penis size and shapes, being "horny," and the f-word in its literal meaning. No action shown, although it's obvious that intercourse has taken place -- possibly with three women at once -- and pregnancy results. Actresses wear sexy clothing. The only nudity comes from the obese tribal-Venus figurines that a character makes.
- Supernatural "violence" includes a character hit briefly with a rapid-aging hoodoo, a whirlwind that assaults Daryl, and stabs of pain resulting from pins being stuck into a voodoo-type doll. Severe vomiting induced by magic. One character falls down a flight of steps; another gets a minor cut from a broken bass-violin string. An out-of-control car wrecks. Rather confusing hints that a murder-suicide has taken place.
- "F---k," "s--t," "bitch," "schlong," "dick."
- Social Behavior
- Ethical good-vs.-evil, temptation-vs.-virtue, God vs. Satan message is transformed into a slapstick-tinged battle of the sexes, and the implications are best not examined very deeply. Though Eastwick has an active church, it seems to have no presence or role when the devil comes. The only character who does recognize Daryl Van Horne's diabolical nature and tries to fight him is depicted unsympathetically, as a mentally ill, prudish hysteric who just makes her husband (and everyone else) miserable. Ultimately the story is about glammed-up single mothers fearlessly raising their boys communally in an environment where men are neither needed nor welcome.
- Some household product labels (Ritz crackers, etc.). A spinoff TV series came along 20 years later. A book of the same title exists too, of course.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Social and recreational drinking at home.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it