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Shortcut to Happiness (2003)

The Devil and Daniel Webster (original title)
A down-and-out writer sells his soul to the devil in exchange for fame and fortune.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Virl Andrick ... Dick
Ray Aranha ... Mailman
Kaniel Arocho ... Skateboard Kid #1
Jorge Arocho ... Skateboard Kid #2
... Production Assistant
Howard Atlee ... Award Audience Man
... Julius Jensen
... Jabez Stone
... Rick Fusco
... Cop
... Herself
... Constance Hurry
Antoni Cornacchione ... Security Guard
Bill Corsair ... Aging Writer
Grenville Cuyler ... Taxi Hailer
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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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the devil is in the details.

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content | See all certifications »
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17 August 2007 (Kazakhstan)  »

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Shortcut to Happiness  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Long known as "The Devil and Daniel Webster", the film's title was changed to "Shortcut to Happiness" after being acquired by Bob Yari productions and being heavily re-edited. See more »

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When buying the house, Jabez Stone sees the Devil on the beach. He runs to her with his shirt's collar over his jacket. But when he is there and talks to the Devil the collar is carefully tucked under. See more »

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Daniel Webster: And so it was that the chariot of the devil smote down Jensen. You see, Jensen was a loose end. And the devil doesn't like loose ends, if you know what I mean.
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Referenced in Family Guy: Stuck Together, Torn Apart (2002) 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 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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