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Bedazzled (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 20 October 2000 (USA)
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Hopeless dweeb Elliot Richards is granted seven wishes by the Devil to snare Allison, the girl of his dreams, in exchange for his soul.

Director:

Harold Ramis

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Peter Cook (based on the motion picture screenplay by), Peter Cook (based on the motion picture story by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Fraser ... Elliot
Elizabeth Hurley ... The Devil
Frances O'Connor ... Alison / Nicole
Miriam Shor ... Carol / Penthouse Hostess
Orlando Jones ... Dan / Esteban / Beach Jock / Sportscaster / African Party Guest
Paul Adelstein ... Bob / Roberto / Beach Jock / Sportscaster / Lincoln Aide
Toby Huss ... Jerry / Alejandro / Beach Jock / Sportscaster / Lance
Gabriel Casseus ... Elliot's Cellmate
Brian Doyle-Murray ... Priest
Jeff Doucette ... Desk Sergeant
Aaron Lustig ... Synedyne Supervisor
Rudolf Martin ... Raoul
Julian Firth ... John Wilkes Booth
Iain Rogerson Iain Rogerson ... Play Actor
Biddy Hodson ... Play Actor
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Storyline

Elliot Richards, a socially awkward IT worker, is given seven wishes to get the girl of his dreams when he meets up with a very seductive Satan. The catch: his soul. Some of his wishes include being a 7 foot basketball star, a wealthy, powerful man, and a sensitive caring guy. But, as could be expected, the Devil must put her own little twist on each his fantasies. Written by MrGreen

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Catch Hell. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al diablo con el diablo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,106,526, 22 October 2000

Gross USA:

$37,886,980

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,383,208
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Originally the film was supposed to start production in 1998. However, when Ghostbusters 3 fell through, co-writer Harold Ramis agreed to direct the film and hired his writer on "Analyze This", Peter Tolan to rework Larry Gelbart's script. This however also meant relinquishing his Directing duties on "Galaxy Quest" which was about to start production and be released in 1999. Ramis would stay on the film as one of the films' producers. See more »

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(at around 1h 1 min) When Elliot is in the smart guy scenario, he says that the hypothalamus is the pleasure seeking and primitive part of the brain, but in actuality, it is the amygdala. See more »

Quotes

Elliot Richards: Oh, yeah. You've been a really big help so far.
The Devil: I know. I've been really naughty, haven't I? Maybe a good spanking's in order?
Elliot Richards: Is that all you ever think about? Do you think everything is about sex?
The Devil: No, of course not! I mean, there's greed, gluttony, sloth, anger, vanity, envy...
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Bem, Bem, Maria
Written by Jacques Baliardo, Diego Baliardo (as Maurice Baliardo), Tonino Baliardo, Jahloul Bouchikhi (as Jahloul Douchikhi), Joan Andreu Reyes (as Andre Reyes), Nicolas Reyes and Paul Reyes
Performed by Gipsy Kings
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
PEM/SINE a division of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
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How unusual - a comedy that's funny.
19 October 2000 | by Shiva-11See all my reviews

Wealth. Power. Admiration. They all sound pretty enticing. Indeed many people spend their life in pursuit of these or similar goals and are willing to sacrifice anything and everything in the process. But what if there was an easy way to do it, say, selling your soul? You're not really using it anyways .As the saying goes, the day I decided to do it there'd probably be a glut on the market.

Elliot Richards is, for lack of a better word, a dork. Relegated to the most dreaded of worker hells - tech support - he is a social pariah. Mocked by his colleagues, he spends his time trying to be cool and is hopelessly in love with one of his co-workers who doesn't even know that he exists. While lamenting his lot in life he casually mentions that he would give anything to have his beloved Allison. Enter the Princess of Darkness, stage left.

Although the basics between this movie and the 1967 classic of the same name are similar, there are so many differences (styles of humor, characters, plot, etc) that comparisons are pointless. So I won't even try. Bedazzled offers something so few comedies do these days - laughs, and lots or them, without relying on endless juvenile scatological gags. I thoroughly enjoyed the physical transformations that Elliot, Allison, and his cohorts undergo (several of which are amazing) each time he makes a wish. The spins on the wishes are especially amusing: for example, when Elliot wishes for power and wealth, he fails to take consider the how, and wakes up as a cuckolded Colombian drug lord whose kingdom is quickly collapsing around him. Elliot soon discovers that when dealing with the devil - surprise, surprise - nothing is, as it seems.

I have liked Brendan Fraser since his role in "Encino Man". Since then, he has proven himself capable of doing both schtick ("The Mummy") and serious roles ("Gods and Monsters"). With this part he shows just how versatile he is: rather than one role, he takes on seven, and does so admirably (I particularly enjoyed sensitive guy - I was laughing so hard my side hurt). Elizabeth Hurley is deliciously wicked in a role that she was born to play (if reports about her are true.) and it appears that she enjoyed herself. Her spin on the ultimate temptress is hilarious and personally, I'll take leather-clad vixens over slimy snakes any day. Francis O'Connor, brings the same verve and versatility to Allison that she displayed in "Mansfield Park", although here she is less subdued. The supporting cast provides the finishing touch rounding out the film nicely.

Although it didn't dazzle me, I was greatly amused.


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