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Blithe Spirit (2021)

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Critic Consensus: An indifferent adaptation of classic source material, Blithe Spirit puts a star-studded cast through the motions without capturing the story's screwball spark.

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Best-selling crime novelist Charles (Dan Stevens) suffers from terrible writer's block and is struggling to finish his first screenplay. His picture-perfect new wife Ruth (Isla Fisher) is doing her best to keep him focused so they can fulfill her dream of leaving London for Hollywood. Charles' quest for inspiration leads him to invite the eccentric mystic Madame Acarti (Judi Dench) to perform a séance in his home. He gets more than he bargained for when Madame Acarti inadvertently summons the spirit of his first wife: the brilliant and fiery Elvira (Leslie Mann). Ready to pick up her life right where she left off, Elvira is shocked to discover the prim and proper Ruth is now married to her husband and running her household. Charles finds himself stuck between his two wives and their increasingly over-the-top attempts to outdo one another in this lethally hilarious comedy.

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Cast

Isla Fisher
as Ruth Condomine
Dave Johns
as Harold
Emilia Fox
as Violet Bradman
Zach Wyatt
as Tennis Coach
Romina Zapata
as Tennis Student
Adil Ray
as Mandeep Singh
Judi Dench
as Madame Cecily Arcati
Leslie Mann
as Elvira Condomine
Simon Kunz
as Henry Mackintosh
Callie Cooke
as Googie Withers
Peter A. Rogers
as Alfred Hitchcock
Peter Rogers
as Alfred Hitchcock
Delroy Atkinson
as Reverend Green
James Fleet
as Harry Price
Colin Stinton
as Cecil B DeMille
Stella Stocker
as Greta Garbo
Jaymes Sygrove
as Clarke Gable
Alan MacLean
as Senor Morales
Owun Birkett
as Pinewood Camera Crew
Christine Callaghan
as Garden Party Guest/Mourner/Theatre Goer
Marco Mastrocola
as Studio Employee
Martyn Mayger
as Psychiatrist
Andrew Reed
as Tennis Player
Sebastian Senior
as Tennis Player
Georgina Rich
as Hedda Hopper
Charlie Carter
as Newspaper Man
Nick Davison
as Theatre Goer
Kateryna Globa
as Marie Antoinette
Theo Ip
as Reporter
Alfredo Tavares
as Ambulance Driver
Julian Ferro
as Clapper boy
Connor Jones
as MGM Camera Operator
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Critic Reviews for Blithe Spirit

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (23)

There's more Madame Arcati, which can only be a bonus when Dench has the role. And there's a riff on the pros and cons of having a ghostwriter that I think is quite clever.

April 23, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Leaving aside one's devotion to the previous versions of Blithe Spirit, this latest version is well cast, upbeat and a bit of a rainbow in a time marked so heavily by unwavering rain clouds.

April 6, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Spirited performances and wonderful costume design stand little chance against script and direction that smother sparks beneath slapstick and treacle.

April 1, 2021 | Full Review…

At just 95 minutes, the film's relatively short running time still feels stretched to the limits. A decided lack of dizzy, silly, fizzy screwball fun beyond a few scattered moments doesn't help matters.

February 19, 2021 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Blithe Spirit is a jaw-dropping misfire.

February 19, 2021 | Full Review…
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Director Edward Hall and writers Piers Ashworth, Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft have taken Coward's premise and pumped extra sugar into it, as well as some unnecessary preservatives.

February 19, 2021 | Full Review…

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