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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.

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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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Meet the devil. No one's ever been able to resist her. Until now. See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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

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USA | Germany

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English | Spanish | Russian

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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2.39 : 1
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The tattoos that Elliot has when is a basketball player are that of a snake, a hawk, an iguana, an eel, two barb-wires and a hammer. See more »

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(at around 36 mins) After Elliot's drug lord alter-ego falls from the copter, the film cuts to Elliot himself, his wish ended, falling through the air and crashing onto, and badly denting, the hood of a car. Unfortunately, as Elliot rolls himself off of the vehicles hood and away from the camera, we see the reinforcing back-brace under Elliot's shirt, which has allowed him to fall and dent the car without injury. See more »

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Elliot Richards: [holding Big Mac and Coke; sarcastically] *This* truly is the work of the devil.
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The Devil's Doo-doo
19 October 2000 | by snellingSee all my reviews

Why remake this film? It would seem to me that the only reason would be if the first incarnation suffered in some way. Although seeing it today, the only flaw the original 'Bedazzled' has is that it is outdated by our modern lifestyles. Peter Cook and Dudley Moore made a very funny team back in the sixties and their version of 'Bedazzled' really out-performs the remake. Even the love interest (Eleanor Bron) had more personality in the original. I recommend seeing the 1967 'Bedazzled' if you are over the age of thirty and leaving this new one for kids who don't know any better.

Both films are about a misfit (Moore in the original, Brendan Fraser here) who is unhappy and lonely in life. Along comes the Devil (Cook in the original, Elizabeth Hurley here) who grants him seven wishes in exchange for his soul. (The whole idea is itself based on a Faust legend from 400 years ago.) Sure, Hurley is gorgeous and more pleasing to the eye than Peter Cook, but she doesn't have the truly demonic disposition required to carry this role off. Cook had a mean streak throughout the first film that made you believe he was rotten. He also had the seven deadly sins around him as his helpers to punctuate what was happening to Moore's character. The Devil had his own agenda in the original. Even the ending of the 1967 film was far superior to this sappy denouement.

The elements they should have worked on updating here are the wishes themselves. The efforts of Fraser's character should have focussed on refining what he wished for to adjust for judgment errors in his past wishes. Instead, he just makes knee-jerk wishes that turn out terrible and wasteful. In fact his very first wish had more stipulations than successive wishes. When the deal is first struck, he is skeptical yet thoughtful. He words his wishes carefully. By the second wish, he forgot what went wrong the first time and tries to correct it by overcompensating. A character like Fraser's Elliot would have truly put some thought into each wish. The fun would have been Hurley finding a hole that he didn't account for. Now THAT would have been a hell of a movie!

I did not entirely hate this remake of 'Bedazzled.' There were quite a few laughs. And I might have even liked this and gone on to recommend it had I not seen the original. I am disappointed with director Harold Ramis. In his hands, I would have thought this would have outsparkled the original 'Bedazzled.' I guess the devil made him do it. (Sorry about that. I couldn't resist.)


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