I'm not sure how I made it all these years without ever seeing Hocus Pocus, but I finally decided to rent it to see why so many people love it. All I can figure is that most of them are just nostalgic for their 90s childhoods (or maybe they were so drugged out when they first saw it) because this movie is one of the worst out there. While the witches camp it up and try to carry the rest of the cast, even they don't quite make it entertaining. They are all misdirected, the formidable talents of all three actresses are hardly used, and they end up so over the top that it's more sad than funny. As for the rest of the actors, the only one with ANY talent at all is Thora Birch (the little sister, Dani). Try as she might, she can't carry the two teenage leads, who may as well both be cut out of cardboard. The girl lead must have been somebody's daughter/cousin/niece, because she literally can't act her way out of a paper bag. She stands awkwardly while delivering a deadpan line, then stands more awkwardly while those around her do other things. I suppose if you read the books, maybe the story would make sense, but seeing it cold left me feeling the same way. I did GET what was going on, but just thought it certainly wasn't illustrated very well. It seemed that the story line got kinda lost, and there were some points that came up once, then sort of faded into the background. Anyway, that's $3.99 and just over an hour and a half I won't get back. I know some people are wildly anticipating the sequel, but to me, it would be like lining up to watch Showgirls 2. (Yes, Showgirls is THE worst movie ever made, but Hocus Pocus isn't far behind).