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Shortcut to Happiness (2003)
"The Devil and Daniel Webster" (original title)

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A down-and-out writer sells his soul to the devil in exchange for fame and fortune.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Virl Andrick ...
Ray Aranha ...
Mailman
Kaniel Arocho ...
Skateboard Kid #1
Jorge Arocho ...
Skateboard Kid #2
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Production Assistant
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Award Audience Man
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Julius Jensen
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Rick Fusco
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Cop
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Herself
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Antoni Cornacchione ...
Security Guard
Bill Corsair ...
Aging Writer
Grenville Cuyler ...
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Storyline

In Manhattan, the aspirant writer Jabez Stone is a complete loser: he is not able to sell his novels, he lives in a lousy apartment and he does not have success with women. When one of his friends Julius Jenson sells his novel for US$ 190,000.00 to an editor, Jabez fells envy and promises to sell his soul to the devil for success and accidentally kills a woman with his typing machine. The Devil knocks on his door, fixes the situation and seals a contract with Jabez. His low quality novels have bad reviews but become best-sellers; Jabez enriches; has success with women, but has no time for his friends. Jabez meets with the publisher Daniel Webster who offers him a chance to break the contract with the devil. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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devil | writer | fortune | fame | new york city | See more »

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the devil is in the details.

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

17 August 2007 (Kazakhstan)  »

Also Known As:

Shortcut to Happiness  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filming was completed in 2001 but the movie has been shelved for several years due to lack of funds to complete post-production. However, My Own Worst Enemy Productions acquired the rights to the title and is set to release it in 2007. See more »

Goofs

While showing Jabez his new apartment, the Realtor says Irving Berlin wrote "White Christmas" there. In fact, the song was written while sitting at the pool at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona in 1940. See more »

Quotes

Aging Writer: Ah, the great Daniel Webster!
Daniel Webster: The drunk Mr. Hardy.
Aging Writer: Better drunk than a whore, I always say.
Daniel Webster: Better neither than both.
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Version of The Devil and Daniel Mouse (1978) See more »

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Smooth Comfort
Written and Performed by Richard Glasser
Courtesy of Billabong Music
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What the heck?
29 July 2008 | by (Mumbai, India) – See all my reviews

I went for this movie believing it had good ratings. Firstly, it is ridiculous that they're releasing a movie originally made in 2001, seven years later in 2008 here in India. Everything in the movie looks dated. Even for 2001 the movie looks like its been made on a shoe string budget. There is a scene where a taxi hits a man to elaborate how low budget you can get. Anthony Hopkins doesn't seem to know what he is doing in the film. He ends up giving a long monologue towards the end. If the film had bright sparks during that scene, I missed it as I was sleeping on my seat. Nothing about Jennifer Love Hewitt resembles a Devil. She wears ill-fitting trite clothes and scowls at random kids. As for Alec Baldwin a scene where he goes to meet Webster for the first time is not to be missed. What a waste of money! As Anthony Hopkins rightly put it, "Go back home and write better!"


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