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The Devil: Paragraph one states that I, the Devil, a not-for-profit cooperation, with offices in Purgatory, Hell, and Los Angeles, will give you seven wishes to use as you see fit.
Elliot Richards: Seven? Why not eight?
The Devil: Why not six? I don't know. Seven just sounds right.
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The remake of Bedazzled (1967) was released in 2000. Directed by Harold Ramis, it stars 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 (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 himself into the perfect man for Alison; Hilarity Ensues.


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  • 20% More Awesome: Pro-Basketball player Elliot gives this line:
    "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.
  • All Gays Love Theater: Elliot's fourth wish when he is loudly denying he is gay (deal with the devil 4th wish), the guy he lives with gives him a quick quiz ending with "What was the original Broadway cast of The Pajama Game?" He names off 3-4 characters in as many seconds before catching himself "Oh my God, I AM gay!"
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  • Always Someone Better: The Devil's feeling about God.
    "You know, you'd think meeting The Devil would be interesting enough, but no. All people want to know about is Him. Like's He's so bloody fascinating!"
  • An Aesop:
    • "It doesn't matter how far we go in life... it's how we get there that counts."
    • As the end credits song spells out, you shouldn't waste your life passively wishing you were someone else, you should learn to like yourself or put in the work to become the kind of person you enjoy being.
  • Anti-Climax Cut: After Elliot wishes for a Big Mac and a coke. Cut to... the bus ride, and McDonald's counter.
  • Apple for Teacher: When the Devil appears as a Hot Teacher, she has pile of apples on her desk from her horndog students.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Zig-Zagged. On the one hand, a random lady at a club telling you she's The Devil and providing a card that says "The Devil" on it as proof, and granting your Mundane Wish with a bus ride to McDonalds isn't very convincing. On the other hand, Elliot refusing to believe that the strange lady who engages in Offscreen Teleportation, changes outfits in the blink of an eye, can read his every thought, has a club full of people who all know his name, and provides the exact same cookies his grandmother used to bake might actually be The Devil counts... until she transforms into a stereotypical Big Red Devil right in front of him. When he finally believes her, her sympathy is almost sarcastic.
    The Devil: You know, if you would just buy into this whole "I'm The Devil" thing, it would save us both a lot of these questions.
  • 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. To sum the whole thing up: Satan isn't even a Literal Genie, she just gets to screw up Elliot's wishes however she wants. To wit:
    • First wish: to be rich and powerful and married to Allison. He becomes a Colombian drug lord, and while married to Allison, she hates his guts and is cheating on him.
    • Second wish: to be the most emotionally sensitive man in the world. He cries over everything and Allison leaves him because he's an annoying wimp.
    • 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.
    • Fifth wish: wished to be the President. He becomes Abe Lincoln on the day of his assassination.
    • After his fifth wish it is revealed that what ended up being considered his actual first wish (a Big Mac and a Coke) was granted before he even signed the contract, so his fifth wish is actually the sixth.
    • But the seventh wish makes up for everything. Literally, it turns out.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: Alliot and Elliot clearly both think so. When he's a basketball star in one wish and she's a reporter clearly lusting after him, she has tons of insinuations on this, then quite openly stares waiting for Elliot to open his towel. They are both sorely disappointed. He then insists that in his next wish he be well-endowed. This is granted, though he then has other problems.
  • 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.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Eliot's Deal with the Devil ends with none of his wishes coming true and he Did Not Get the Girl, but he gets to keep his soul, grows as a person, and meets a nice girl who shares his interests and hobbies.
  • 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.
  • Broken Aesop: Downplayed. While Elliot learning that No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction and It's the Journey That Counts regarding life is noble, it helps that the Devil is a Jackass Genie who messes up all his wishs anyway, so he doesn't have anything to lose by giving his last wish away.
  • Caption Humor: The opening and closing sequences.
  • The Cartel: His first wish is to be rich and powerful. So he becomes a drug lord. And his wife hates him. Hey, he said he wanted to be married. He never said she had to love him.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: The Devil cheats at chess; her opponent catches her in the act.
  • Chekhov's Classroom: Sort of. Early in the film the Devil mentions that Elliot wants to be liked and loved, but how about respected and feared? Near the end of the movie, Elliot doesn't end up with Allison or befriend his coworkers, but he does gain his boss's and coworker's respect and fear by standing up to them.
  • Composite Character: Being the Devil makes Liz Hurley's character clearly the equivalent of the original's George Spiggott (Peter Cook), but choosing to go as a gorgeous woman who's The Tease also makes her one for the Devil's assistant in the original, Lillian Lust (Raquel Welch).
  • Crocodile Tears: Elliot figures out pretty early that the Devil is a Jackass Genie, but she manipulates him into thinking otherwise with an impressive crying display.
  • Curse Escape Clause: Performing one selfless wish or act while under the Devil's wish-granting contract voids it.
  • Darkest Hour: After Elliot's fifth wish. He learns it's really his sixth wish since the Devil is counting the Big Mac and Coke even though he hadn't signed a contract yet, making him finally realize the Devil is a Jackass Genie who will mess up his every wish no matter what and claim his soul giving him nothing for it. When he tries to confess to a priest he's arrested and booked for drunk and disorderly conduct, and the Devil herself locks him up and tries to break him by telling him You Can't Fight Fate.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: In the Writer wish, Elliott's book is named Always Toujours.note 
  • Desperately Craves Affection: Elliot. He's so desperate for any kind of friendly or romantic attention that his coworkers dread and avoid him due to him being too ham-fistedly needy and eager to please. It's why the Devil singles him out to begin with.
  • 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.
  • The Devil Is a Loser: Even more so than the original version. She didn't even have the authority to claim souls, she did it all for fun.
  • 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. Plus, he did get a different girl though... Who looks exactly like Allison.
  • Divine Race Lift: God is black, the Devil is a woman. Of course, they can presumably appear however they'd like, and the Devil shows us other forms as well.
  • Doorstopper: Elliot's contract takes the form of a massive one. The Devil summons it from thin air so it drops from above head height straight on his crown jewels.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: The Devil does this to intimidate Elliot into making his last wish. Unfortunately - for her - it causes him to make the wish that renders the contract void.
  • The Dreaded: Elliot is this to his workmates at the start of the movie, due to his ham-fisted efforts to shoe-horn himself into their social group. Every time he enters a room, they desperately try to find some polite way to flee.
  • Dumb Jock: What Elliot turns into when he wishes to become a star NBA player.
  • Evil Brit: Liz Hurley as Satan. Given that the first movie was British, and it helps the sexiness, it's 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.
  • Exact Words: As you'd expect, The Devil plays these for all they're worth. Most of what she says of herself and her intentions are technically true From a Certain Point of View (though Elliot is usually too nice or oblivious to catch their double meanings), and she uses these to be a Jackass Genie.
  • Extreme Doormat: The opening title sequence explicitly calls Elliot this. His Establishing Character Moment even has him hold a door open for a woman, only for an endless crowd of people rush through for several minutes, and he's too polite to stop holding it open for them.
  • 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: Crossed with Bilingual Bonus, as a drug lord, Elliot yells "Hijos de puta!", which is translated by the subtitles given as "You guys suck!". It really means "You sons of whores!"
  • God Is Good: He turns out to be a very nice guy who gave Elliot some very valuable advice, bringing him back from the brink of damning himself.
  • God Karting with Beelzebub: The last we see of God and the Devil is the two of them playing chess in the park (she cheats when he isn't looking).
  • God Test: The Devil offers Elliot a test wish to prove that she's for real. He asks for a Big Mac and a Coke, probably expecting her to conjure them out of the air. Instead she puts them on a bus to McDonald's and orders them (and makes him pay for it). Elliot, unsurprisingly, does not find this convincing.
  • Graceful Loser: The Devil, oddly enough. After being forced to void the contract, she gives Elliot some sound advice about free will, and they leave on good terms.
  • 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.
  • Grew a Spine: Elliot, over the course of the film.
  • 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.
  • It's the Journey That Counts: Elliot starts the movie wishing he were richer, more successful, better-looking, etc. but towards the end he starts to realize it doesn't really matter how far we go in life, it's how we get there that counts.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Elliot's last wish that Allison has a happy life.
  • Jackass Genie: The Devil fits the trope perfectly, with every wish Elliot makes being granted exactly without giving Elliot exactly what he wanted (rich, powerful and married=drug lord in unhappy marriage, emotionally sensitive=overdoes it, basketball player=intellectually limited with tiny penis, intellectually brilliant writer=gay, President of the United States=Abraham Lincoln on the night of his assassination). Admittedly, the Devil is obviously not a Genie, and in the end it turns out worse for her than it does for him.
  • Kick the Dog: After Elliot is turned down by Allison near the end, his coworkers decide to make fun of him rather than offer sympathy or support. His Tranquil Fury reaction quickly puts them in their place.
  • Kubrick Stare: Elliot gives one to the Devil when she says that God exists and is a man, then quips that most men think they're divine, he's just actually right. He also gives another to his not-so-nice co-workers when they mock him near the end.
  • Lady in Red: How the Devil first presents herself to Elliot, as she's Hot as Hell.
  • Large Ham: Fraser got a chance to show off how hammish he can be, particularly during the second wish.
  • Laughably Evil: It's hard to hate the Devil when she's such a hilarious Troll.
  • Loving a Shadow: Downplayed. Elliot spends most of the movie insisting that he knows Alison ("I know that she likes her bagels buttered, not toasted," "I know Alison is not really like that"), but in the end after his Character Development, he has to admit that he doesn't know her, but he would like to get to know her.
  • 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. Of course, being God he can appear in any form he'd like, we presume.
  • Medication Tampering: One of the Devil's random acts of petty evil is to exchange all of the medicines that are being readied to hand out to patients in a hospital with candies. One of the changes that are explicitly mentioned is that of someone's antipsychotics being replaced with Tic-Tacs.
  • Meganekko: The Devil when she portrays a Hot Teacher.
  • Metaphorically True: After her Crocodile Tears, Elliot asks if she was just playing him, and she replies that she was being 100% sincere: it's not easy being The Devil.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The producers got their money's worth from Hurley (see Sexy Whatever Outfit below).
  • Mundane Wish: Given a test wish, Elliot tries something simple: a Big Mac and a large Coke. The devil fulfills his wish equally mundanely: she walks him to a bus station, they ride to McDonald's, and she buys one for him. With his money.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: In a sense. Elliot reveals near the end of the film that he's always wished someone would just wave a magic wand make all the things he's ever wanted happen. While the Devil is a Jackass Genie, a conversation with God convinces him that even if he could get the things he wanted by magic, it wouldn't mean as much as if he earned them through his own hard work.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Elliot at the start of the movie. His coworkers cringe every time he claps their backs or gets into their personal space.
  • No Social Skills: Part of why Elliot's workmates don't like him at the start of the movie. His ham-fisted efforts to befriend them despite their obvious annoyance and discomfort is downright painful to watch.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: The Devil purposely twists Elliot's wishes so they turn out bad for him, which leads to him questioning his identity and eventually, making the selfless wish.
  • Number of the Beast: Elliot can abort a wish by calling "666" on the pager the Devil gives him.
  • 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.
  • Panty Shot: We get a delightful one from the Devil in a red dress in her office in Club DV8.
  • The Peeping Tom: After his second wish, Elliot gets sent invisibly into Alison's bedroom as she's showering, and the Devil urges him to "sneak a peek", which he tries to do. After she comes out he briefly gets one.
  • Read the Fine Print: Oddly enough, this is one case where the fine print in a Faustian contract works in the beneficiary's favor. The fine print contains the escape clause that says the contract becomes void if he makes a selfless wish.
  • 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 Goldfish: 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.
  • Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: The original fifth wish saw Elliot decide to become a famous rock star, where he and Alison are a Sid and Nancy-style trainwreck of a couple. The scene was cut when the producers learned that the Cluster F-Bomb dialogue, explicit drug and sex references would have increased the movie's MPAA rating. It was replaced with the much tamer Presidential wish.
  • Sexy Whatever Outfit: Every time the Devil appears 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:
  • 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.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Smoking gives Hurley the Evil Is Sexy look in spades.
  • Straight Gay: Elliot's fourth wish, which was of course completely necessary for that scene to work.
  • Sweet and Sour Grapes: Elliot spends most of the movie desperately wanting to get together with Alison. In the end, he tries to ask her out the old-fashioned way. She politely turns him down since she's already with someone, which he accepts with dignity, and it looks like it'll be a Bittersweet Ending about a man who Did Not Get the Girl but gained confidence in himself... until he meets the new (literal) Girl Next Door, who looks almost exactly like Alison but whose personality and interests better match Elliot's. All right then.
  • Suddenly Bilingual: Elliot's first wish (that he knows of) is to be rich and married to his Love Interest Allison. The Devil makes him a Colombian drug lord. When Elliot first encounters his butler, the butler talks to him in Spanish. Elliot's first reaction is to tell the butler that he doesn't speak Spanish... in Spanish. After realizing what he's just done, Elliot starts rapidly talking in Spanish, explaining how he never paid attention in the class. A little while later he realizes in the same manner that he knows Russian too.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: Invoked by the Devil during Elliot's fourth wish to be the smartest richest "big" guy with Alison, who ruins his wish by making him gay.
  • 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).
    • The Devil's take on God being a man.
      "Most men think they're God, this one just happens to be right."
  • Teeny Weenie: Elliot is transformed into a huge sexy basketball player... who has laughably small equipment.
  • Troll: This version of The Devil doesn't seem to be a personification of all that is truly evil, heinous, and disgusting in the world so much as a For the Evulz Jackass Genie who loves messing with people for fun.
  • Vanity License Plate: The Devil's car has "BAD 1" on its license plate.

 
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