Amusing but unmemorable revenge film about witchcraft in high school. Robin Tunney
plays Sarah, a new girl at a Catholic academy who has some strange magical powers.
These attract the three local witches to befriend her. Since the coven now numbers four,
they can proceed to cast some serious magic. Of course, they apply it to some truly
pitiful ends. Sarah cast a love slave spell over a handsome jock who rejected her. Rochelle
(Rachel True) gets revenge at a racist rival on her swim team. Bonnie (Neve Campbell)
heals her disfiguring burn scars and becomes beautiful. Finally, Nancy (Fairuza Balk)
uses the magic to rise in status and go power-mad. Once the girls get tired of their revenge
fantasies, the film turns into an all-out magical war between Sarah the good witch, and the
Wicked Witch of GenX, Nancy. The effects are good, and the acting of the four leads
is well done (particuarly by Balk). However the weakness of the film is the simplistic
script. Rather than attempting any serious depth or even humor, the film resorts to the standard
structure: each girl is defined by one particular problem, and each girl has a chance to
overcome that problem. While hinting at the consequences of irresponsibly using
the witchcraft, the film never follows through. And while the revenge fantasies are mildly
interesting while they're going on, the magic doesn't last.
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