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Overall Rating
2.69

Awesome: 8.46%
Worth A Look: 10.77%
Average36.15%
Pretty Bad: 30.77%
Total Crap: 13.85%

12 reviews, 58 user ratings


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Bedazzled (2000)
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Bedulled. It simply isn't funny."
1 stars

"Bedazzled": inane, incompetent remake of the old Dudley Moore comedy. Any attempt for laughs is quickly denied after a lack of development beyond the established situations.

Brendan Fraser is Elliot, as the movie helpfully points out, "lonely," "eager to please," "oblivious," "doormat," but forgot to mention annoying, poseur, dopey, moronic, lame-brained, perfunctory, brazen, repugnant, ostentatious, platitudinous, obstreperous, bumptious, loquacious, obsequious, and just plain unlikable. Unable to fit in, he signs his soul over to the Devil, a female, and not Roseanne (instead, Elisabeth Hurley) for seven wishes.

All he really wants is Alison (Frances O’Connor) to notice/love him, but each time he corrects an awry wish from one superficiality to another, the egregious monotony becomes irreversible.

Each situation that’s bound to go horribly wrong has potential for laughs (a Colombian drug lord, a sensitive wuss who cries at sunsets, a gigantic basketball player with a small penis, a gay intellectual) but writer/director Harold Ramis goes absolutely nowhere with any of the ideas. An occasional smile brought to face doesn’t save this trite trash. Ramis seriously plummets after a delightful run with "Analyze This." The success of that movie upon cogitation must have been in the hands of the actors (De Niro, Crystal, Kudrow, Viterlli, et al.).

Problem number one is Brendan Fraser. He can’t act, he has no charisma –he’s just a totally unlikable presence. And Fraser is constantly playing Flintstone-like idiots ("George of the Jungle," "Dudley Do-Right," "The Mummy," "Encino Man (!)," and even "Gods and Monster"); the rule of thumb is they are what they play most. I seriously believe he must be one in real life. It takes experience to do it so well. Hurley is no treasure either. She fails to show that she’s anything beyond a sex symbol. Hurley doesn’t act here (I hardly have seen her act at all; she just looked cool in "Austin Powers"), she’s just touted around in a lot of fashionably scanty clothing. She looks great in a bathing suit, but cinematically, it gets us nowhere. No substance, artificial style.

(Decent production design by Rich Heinrichs ("Sleepy Hollow"). I was amused by the morgue room-like file cabinets.)

Final Verdict: F.

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User Comments

10/04/10 brian Dreadful. Dreadful, dreadful, dreadful. Fraser needs direction; Ramis can't deliver. 1 stars
11/02/08 Samantha Pruitt there were some funny parts, Brendan Fraser is always great! 3 stars
6/07/08 PAUL SHORTT A CUTE AND CLEVER, GOOD VS EVIL PARABLE 3 stars
6/23/07 DonnyM Brendon does a great job of proving he is a good actor. 3 stars
1/30/07 David Pollastrini not great, not terrible 3 stars
3/16/05 Jeff Anderson Some funny parts, but I enjoyed the original Dudley Moore/Peter Cook version much better! 3 stars
12/02/04 Katarina Pretty Good, But Some Parts dont really fit 3 stars
8/17/04 Herolder A lot of fun 4 stars
6/19/04 Denise Duspiva funny 3 stars
5/07/04 greater good a well balenced movie 5 stars
4/11/04 alpine liz hurley is the most gorgeous sexy woman ever born and how or bad the film is does not ma 5 stars
4/07/04 archangeljen It was just alright, I laughed at a few things. 3 stars
2/11/04 jessica it was anazing. 5 stars
12/09/03 Amanda Locker Harold Ramis is amazing! Don't ever insult him! He is great! 5 stars
10/25/03 Al Baston You missed it, should of had a hit of so,e fine Humboldt organic. 3 stars
2/18/03 Mitsaso For Harley's sake... 4 stars
11/26/02 bree awesome and funny 5 stars
8/26/02 Dickles McSquick It's...bonertime! 5 stars
8/12/02 Grayyy It's cute watching Liz try her best, but the whole thing still blows 1 stars
6/06/02 I'm in (L) with a Jedi well...ill go with my rating...pretty bad 2 stars
5/14/02 Danielle Ophelia Elizabeth Hurley's contract with Satan stated she had to play him at least once, I think. 1 stars
4/05/02 Priscilla Postlethwaite Elizabeth Hurley always seems to get rotten roles. So why not the devil herself? ~Works. 4 stars
3/02/02 Chowie I'll have to see it again before I can make an educated decision, but from what i remember- 2 stars
1/16/02 David A. Not very exciting--I can't remember anything funny about it. 3 stars
1/14/02 Flick Chick ho-hum zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz 2 stars
1/08/02 Andrew Carden OK Comedy. Unfunny, but Amusing. Kills Time. 3 stars
9/02/01 Butterbean HurleAn average comedy with a great message at the end to all religious zealots 4 stars
8/10/01 chouck all those skimpy outfits and this still sucked 2 stars
7/25/01 Suzanne It was funny at times but overall pretty stooopid 2 stars
7/15/01 Nazi dad Great comedy! Brendan Fraser's a riot! 5 stars
6/09/01 Turtle A bit stupid at times, but Harold Ramis can make any movie great. 4 stars
4/09/01 arnold schwaznaggar uuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrggggggggggggghhh! ugh! plz only watch my movies!!! 1 stars
3/31/01 Jesse L If Hurley got naked it would be worth a look.. 1 stars
3/09/01 The Evil Penguin sensitve, athletic, smart, or creative? YIKES!!!! 4 stars
2/18/01 Avenger Girl Liz makes a great devil, wearing many sexy outfits that would tempt any hotblooded male 3 stars
2/02/01 Pierce Lanson Saw it in full theatre,young audience, five laughs.Pathetic. 2 stars
1/30/01 jasmin its very nice movie 3 stars
1/29/01 hum eh, no big deal, just a mildly amusing easy film. doesnt help that hurley cant act 3 stars
1/25/01 Paul "I am a Columbian drug lord! Ha! Ha! Ha! I can't stop laughing! 5 stars
1/06/01 Emily i though brendan showed good comic acting, but the movie stunk. 3 stars
12/19/00 Joe Cool Yes, It does blow, but the chick looks Good!! 5 stars
12/19/00 Paulsj If you want dum fun, check it out but don`t expect too much 3 stars
11/19/00 Bob Fugate You should be watching porn films,you must have a permanent boner on. 3 stars
11/07/00 TruckGirl Pretty FLAT. 2 stars
10/31/00 Philm Phreak Brendan's good, Hurley's a babe, movie's WEAK! 3 stars
10/29/00 YOUR Movie Expert It's Analyze This meets Beetlejuice.....Very funny, but no Caddyshack, Vacation, etc. 5 stars
10/28/00 extar-bags It's not the original, but its not bad. Don't be so hard on it. 3 stars
10/28/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble Rent the original, its funnier and way classier. Hurley crosses SAG picket lines, FUCK HER 1 stars
10/26/00 bart Lame with a few laughs. Elizabeth Hurley acting lessons from Joan Collins. 3 stars
10/23/00 Frode! Many funny moments, has an uneven ending 4 stars
10/23/00 fishie so so, the acting makes the movie far better. 3 stars
10/23/00 Daedalus Story and acting were weak, but overall better than most of the crap out there. 3 stars
10/23/00 Ground Zero Like Great Scott! said, suprisingly lazy, predictable and uninteresting 2 stars
10/23/00 Ken Kopin If you like "Deal with the Devil" movies, this one is great. Too short, tho. 4 stars
10/23/00 Dan Forget Affleck, Fraser is the new king of Hollywood. 5 stars
10/21/00 Pandora Mildly entertaining; the lesson in trite morality at the end was unnecessary 3 stars
10/21/00 Stuntman Hurley is great. The 2000 remake of the classic movie is badly done and terribly directed. 2 stars
10/20/00 Dan Fraser is devoid of charisma, but Hurley is surprisingly likeable. The movie is hollow tho. 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  20-Oct-2000 (PG-13)

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  25-Jan-2001 (PG)




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