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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%

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Bedazzled (2000)
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by Rob Gonsalves

"Brendan Fraser makes it."
4 stars

A movie actor as ridiculously perfect-looking as Brendan Fraser might be easy for male critics to resent if not for two things: He's genuinely smart (any interview with him reveals his articulate intelligence), and he's willing and eager to make himself look like a complete nerd.

Fraser has a healthy sense of humor about himself, as he demonstrated in Dudley Do-Right and 1999's flashy remake of The Mummy, and in another remake -- Bedazzled, starring Fraser as a dork who sells his soul to the devil -- he pulls out all the stops.

Fraser begins as the hapless Elliott Richards, a desperately lonely cubicle drone whose hearty stabs at connecting with anyone usually get the opposite result. Elliott's dream is to win the heart of beautiful coworker Allison (Frances O'Connor), who knows he exists when he's standing in front of her, but then quickly forgets afterward. Elliott makes the mistake of muttering that he'd give anything to have her love; immediately, announced by Tone-Loc's "Wild Thing," a helpful figure enters Elliott's life -- Satan herself, in the form of Elizabeth Hurley.

Satan offers Elliott seven wishes in exchange for his soul ("You'll never miss it," she insists). Unsurprisingly, the fair Allison figures prominently in all of Elliott's wishes, which usually backfire because Elliott's requests leave a lot of margin for Satanic embellishment. When Elliott asks to be rich and powerful, he finds himself retooled as a Colombian drug dealer ("I can speak Spanish!" says Elliott gleefully, in Spanish). When that doesn't work out, Elliott asks to be the world's most sensitive man, or a really big and athletic man, or a really sophisticated and witty man, or the President -- all with farcical results that never achieve the basic goal (Allison).

Bedazzled was directed by Harold Ramis (Multiplicity, Analyze This) from a script he worked on with Larry Gelbart and Peter Tolan; it's a glancing remake of the Dudley Moore/Peter Cook cult comedy from 1967. In and of itself, this Bedazzled is decent enough entertainment as written, though many will regret the movie's eleventh-hour detour into pieties; it turns out, naturally, that Elliott must learn to be himself if he hopes to find love. (It's a bit more complex than that, as Ramis knew when he made Groundhog Day.)

Brendan Fraser, though, redeems just about everything. My favorite of his creations here was the over-sensitive Elliott, who can't stop weeping at the beauty of a sunset ("When is that sun going to set?" he finally wails). Second place goes to Elliott the sweaty, IQ-challenged basketball star, who's challenged in other areas as well (the screenwriters have given him pitch-perfect sports clichés to spout to the cameras after a triumph on the courts). I also enjoyed Elliott as an urban sophisto, though this segment ends on a somewhat homophobic note. Others may object to Elliott as a Latino drug lord, though Fraser plays it with such exuberance that it comes across as more an homage than a stereotype -- he reminded me of Alfonso Arau as the cheerful paperback-romance fan in Romancing the Stone.

As for Elizabeth Hurley, she's not quite an actress; her diabolical shtick, at best, is a notch or two below Elvira, and without Cassandra Petersen's self-aware, self-satirizing pulchritude. She gets a gently teasing rapport going with Fraser, though; late in the game, when he refers to her as his "best friend," it doesn't sound totally stupid. Hurley keeps herself amused throughout -- she seems to be tickling her dialogue on its tummy.

'Bedazzled' lacks the comic ingenuity of Harold Ramis' best previous comedies, but it's good fluff. You won't be dazzled, but you'll be entertained.

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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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