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Film: Bedazzled (2000)
Because Elizabeth Hurley is more appealing than Peter Cook.

The remake of Bedazzled (1967), released in 2000 starring Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley.

In this version, Elliot Richards (Fraser) is a geeky and friendless office drone who is in love with beautiful co-worker Alison (Frances O'Connor), but is too shy to act on his feelings. After being ditched at a bar by his "friends", Elliot runs into a beautiful woman (Elizabeth Hurley) who tells him that she's the Devil and offers him seven wishes in return for his soul. While obviously hesitant, he accepts in the hopes of using his wishes to make him into the perfect man for Alison; Hilarity Ensues.


This 2000 film contains examples of:

  • 20% More Awesome: "Ah... well, you know, you go out there and you give a 110%, and you wanna play good, and, you know, you hope you play good... I think we played pretty good tonight!"
  • Affably Evil: The Devil. Sure, she's out for Elliot's soul, but she's generally friendly and sympathetic to him most of the time. Even after he nullifies their contract and saves himself, she's still polite and cordial before seeing him off.
  • Anticlimax Cut: After Elliot wishes for a Big Mac and a coke. Cut to... the bus ride, and McDonald's counter.
  • Artistic License Music: Brendan Fraser is playing guitar during one of the fantasies, and he has his hand above the capo.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In some cases, the consequences are arbitrary. Consider:
    • First wish: to be rich and powerful. He becomes a Colombian drug lord.
    • Second wish: to be the most emotionally sensitive man in the world. He cries over everything.
    • Third wish: a superstar athlete and a Chick Magnet. He becomes an awesome basketball player with no brain and a Teeny Weenie.
    • Fourth wish: intelligent, charming and handsome and wanted Allison to fall in love with him. Making him gay was arbitrary.
    • Wished to be the President. He becomes Abe Lincoln on the day of his assassination.
    • What ended up being considered his actual first wish was granted before he even signed the contract.
    • But the seventh wish makes up for everything literally, it turns out.
  • Big Red Devil: In order to convince Elliot that she is the real deal, the Devil briefly transforms into a more typical Western portrayal of Satan with horns, red skin, and a goatee, stating that she dislikes it because "it's so trick-or-treat."
    • Later, in an attempt to intimidate Elliot into making his final wish, she transforms herself into a large, demonic Chernabog-like beast. It turns out they were just special effects.
  • Brand X: For one of his wishes, Elliot ends up playing profession basketball for the "Diablos". The logo also appears as a sticker in his cubicle at work.
  • Camp Gay: Combine with a wish gone wrong, and you've got yourself a very funny moment.
  • Caption Humor: The opening sequence.
  • The Cartel: His first wish is to be rich and powerful. So he becomes Pablo Escobar. And his wife hates him. Hey, he said he wanted to be married. He never said she had to ''love'' him.
  • Deal Escape Clause: Performing one selfless wish or act while under contract voids it.
  • Devil but No God: Referenced early on.
    Devil: Yes, there's a God.
    Elliot: Really? What's he like?
    Devil: Y'know, you'd think meeting THE DEVIL would be interesting enough, but no, all they want to talk about is Him. Like He's so bloody fascinating.
    Elliot: So He's a man.
    Devil: Yeah. Most men think they're God. This one just happens to be right.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Even after everything he's gone through, Elliot finds out Allison was already dating. It turns out to be alright though as the experience taught Elliot about himself and gives him a confidence boost.
  • Divine Race Lift: God is black, the Devil is a woman.
  • Dumb Jock: What Elliot turns into when he wishes to become a star NBA player.
  • Evil Brit: Liz Hurley is Not Even Bothering with the Accent. Given that the first movie was British, and it helps the sexiness, justified.
  • Evil Is Petty: In between wishes, the Devil gives people parking fines, tells high school kids not to bother with their studies because they were boring, swaps medication for Tic Tacs, and cheats at chess with God.
  • Evil Lawyer Joke: Apparently, the Devil has clients.
  • Fermat's Last Theorem: Erased by Satan at the all-boys' boarding school.
  • Flat Earth Atheist: Odd example during the fourth wish. Secular humanism may be "yummy", but Elliot of all people should know that at least in the film's reality, humanity isn't alone.
    • It's in-character for what he is then: an effete pseudo-intellectual.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Elliot starts out as a Type 2 and 6 in his group of co-worker "friends", all of whom dislike him as annoying and often try to ditch him or make fun of him behind his back but at the same time, are not cruel enough to outright tell him to go away.
  • Gender Flip: The Devil is recast as Elizabeth Hurley.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar \ Bilingual Bonus: As a drug lord, Elliot yells "hijos de puta!", which is translated as "You guys suck!". It really means "You sons of whores!"
  • God Karting with Beelzebub: The last we see of God and the Devil is the two of them playing chess in the park.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: When Elliot meets Nicole, he is dumbstruck by the fact that she looks exactly like Allison but is a brunette. Nicole, seeing that he doesn't reply, starts asking him in various languages if he speaks English... except French. For some reason, she asks in French if he speaks American.
  • Gratuitous Russian: Besides being a Colombian drug lord, Elliot suddenly realizes he speaks fluent (well, Faux Fluent) Russian. When he does, he curses in Russian. That last part is not subtitled.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: The first wish. Elliot even reacts with regular Stock Phrases from Spanish class.
  • Greek Chorus: Elliot's "friends" reappear as different characters in each wish.
  • Hot as Hell: The Devil.
    "Prince of Darkness. Well, princess."
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: At the start of the movie, Elliot's ham-fisted efforts to befriend his co-workers are painful to watch.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Elliot's last wish for Allison to live a happy life.
  • Jackass Genie: The Devil fits the trope perfectly, except that she's obviously not a Genie.
  • Lady in Red: How the Devil first presents herself to Elliot.
  • Large Ham: Fraser got a chance to show off how hammish he can be, particularly during the second wish.
  • Magical Negro: God, apparently. He appears to Elliot in the prison cell and gives him a heartfelt speech which strengthens Elliot's resolve when the man was about to give up on everything.
  • Meganekko: The Devil when she portrays a Hot Teacher.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The producers got their money's worth from Hurley (see Sexy Whatever Outfit below).
  • Mundane Wish: The Big Mac and large Coke.
  • One-Winged Angel: The Devil does this when she attempts to scare Elliot towards the end, first becoming a large horned-monster and then a giant bikini-clad version of herself, both times with a large pitchfork.
  • The Remake: More of a Reimagining really, taking the basic idea of a loser guy in love with an oblivious beauty being offered wishes by Satan, and then going its own way with it.
  • Replacement Love Interest: After Elliot chats with Alison and learns she has a boyfriend, he goes home and runs into his new neighbor Nicole... played by the same actress. Lampshaded when he asks her, "Do you have a sister?"
  • Selfless Wish: Elliot uses his seventh wish to wish for his beloved to be happy.
  • Sexy Whatever Outfit: Every time the Devil reappears to Elliot after one of his wishes, she wears a different Fanservice outfit, usually as the object of desire in various stock male sexual fantasies:
  • Shaggy Dog Story: Elliot pining after Allison only in the end to find out she was already dating. But everything works out for him in the end.
  • Shout-Out: The Devil's dogs during the second wish are named Dudley and Peter after the stars of the first movie.
  • Sketch Comedy: The wish fulfillment segments are like sketches of a Saturday Night Live episode.
  • Straight Gay: Elliot's fourth wish, which was of course completely necessary for that scene to work.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Invoked by the Devil.
    The Devil: "Do you think I enjoy this? I'm stuck in this horrible job for eternity. Everybody hates me. When I try to help someone they turn on me like I'm supposed to be God or something! For your information, my life is a living hell!"
    • And, much like you'd expect of the Devil, Hurley does a good job of straddling the line between sincerity and manipulation when she does it.
  • Take That
    Satan: "How would you like to make one simple decision that'll change your life forever?"
    Elliot: "Okay, I'm glad Scientology works for you, but..."
    • Also:
      "It's not easy being the Barbra Streisand of Evil."
    • The Devil mentions that she has offices in "Purgatory, Hell, and Los Angeles".
    • Early on in the film, the Devil selects San Francisco as the location of her newest victim. Other candidates included the Vatican City (cited to be too hard) and New York (cited as too easy).
  • Teeny Weenie: Elliot is transformed into a huge sexy basketball player... who has laughably small equipment.
  • Vanity License Plate: The Devil's car has "BAD 1" on its license plate.


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