tek's rating: meh and a half

Return to Halloweentown, on Disney Channel

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This is the fourth (and presumably final) movie in the Halloweentown series, following Halloweentown High. It came out in 2006, but I didn't see it until 2020. I'd say it's probably my least favorite of the Halloweentown movies (which kind of makes me want to give the earlier movies higher ratings than I did).

So, anyway... Marnie (now played by Sara Paxton) decides to go to Witch University in Halloweentown, against her mother's wishes. Her brother Dylan also attends the school, because their mother wanted him to look out for Marnie. While at school, they reconnect with their old friend, Ethan Dalloway. And Marnie makes a new friend, a genie named Aneesa. This is the first year that all the creatures of the magical world are allowed to attend the university, which used to be exclusively for witches and warlocks. And to keep things fair for the rest of the students, witches and warlocks aren't allowed to use magic on campus. (They study more than just magical stuff, but also a lot of mortal subjects.) Although there's a trio of sisters who do use magic (or get others to use magic on their behalf), and never get caught breaking the rule. They make life harder for Marnie. Meanwhile, there's a group called the Dominion that want Marnie to fulfill an ancient prophecy about obtaining something called "the Gift," which they believe will allow them to rule Halloweentown. The Dominion includes the three mean girls' father, Silas Sinister, as well as some of the faculty of the university. And um... I'm not really sure what else to say, except I think the Dominion's plan was always doomed to fail, since in the end there was really no reason for Marnie to go along with it. I mean, they had a bargaining chip for a little while, but it would have been useless if they hadn't given it up before Marnie cast the spell they wanted her to cast, so... I don't know what the hell they were thinking. But whatever, the movie was basically sort of tolerable.

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