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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.


(as Harry Kirkpatrick)


(story "The Devil and Daniel Webster"), (play) | 4 more credits »


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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


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.


Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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




Release Date:

17 August 2007 (Kazakhstan)  »

Also Known As:

Shortcut to Happiness  »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


The Devil: Hmm. You know what they say. In order for one to succeed, another must fail.
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Referenced in Family Guy: Stuck Together, Torn Apart (2002) See more »


First Edition
Written and Performed by Larry Brown (as Lawrence H. Brown)
Courtesy of 440 Incorporated
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Nine Stars and two thumbs up for me!
16 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

"The Devil and Daniel Webster" gets 9 enthusiastic stars and 2 thumbs up for me.

"The Devil and Daniel Webster" is one of those films that will make keep your attention from start to finish. With talented stars, a script that has something for everyone and legendary characters, "The Devil and Daniel Webster" is a movie to watch.

"The Devil and Daniel Webster" is a remake of an earlier Academy Award-winning film of the same name which was released in 1941. In "The Devil and Daniel Webster", the Devil takes human form (Jennifer Love Hewitt) as she comes to "help out" a failing writer, Jabez Stone (Alec Baldwin). However, after Stone accepts her offer, he soon realizes that his deal wasn't quite what he expected it to be. Anthony Hopkins adds his superstar status as the wise sage, which he plays so convincingly.

There is only one result that can come from inserting two of the most talented actors in a film that has a good script. Hopkins stars alongside Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Love Hewitt in one of the best classic fantasies that I have seen in a long time.

When I heard Hopkins was starring as a part of the film, I immediately thought of the amount of credibility he would give toward "The Devil and Daniel Webster"" Hopkins is the type of actor like Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman whose mere presence on film will alert the viewer that they will be watching an excellent film. Hopkins brought integrity, intelligence, and honesty to this role.

"The Devil and Daniel Webster" is truly a movie with a classic story of good over evil. Alec Baldwin's approach was enjoyable to watch as he seemed to pull it off with such innocence. It was like he is learning life's lessons all over again from scratch. Also, Jennifer Love Hewitt's performance is like a mirror image to that of Hopkins.

Hewitt is a vision to behold in "The Devil and Daniel Webster" as her beauty radiates off the screen with such sexiness. Hewitt showcases her true ability to capture the essence of her character and portrays it with cleverness and believability. Audiences will enjoy the surprises Hewitt has in store for them.

"The Devil and Daniel Webster" gets 9 enthusiastic stars and 2 thumbs up.

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