Rough Magic (1997)

rough magicBy Scott Goldfine

Bridget Fonda stars as a magician’s assistant who embarks on a misadventure to Mexico in this highly original, awkwardly bizarre tale. Based on James Hadley Chase’s novel, “Miss Shumway Waves a Magic Wand,” the picture offers a spoof of 1940s film noir with dollops of romance, wacky comedy and the supernatural.

This cinematic gumbo may’ve worked on the page, but it figuratively and literally lays an egg on screen. Also wastes Russell Crowe and Jim Broadbent. Rated PG-13.


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