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Film / Bedazzled (2000)

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Because Elizabeth Hurley is more appealing than Peter Cook.
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.

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.


This 2000 film contains examples of:

  • 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.
  • Anti-Climax 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 and married to Allison. He becomes a Colombian drug lord, and while married to Allison, she hates his guts and is cheating on him.
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    • 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.
    • 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 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.
  • Deal Escape Clause: Performing one selfless wish or act while under contract voids it.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: The Devil cheats at chess; her opponent catches her in the act.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: In the Writer wish, Elliott's book is named Always Toujours.note 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Greek Chorus: Elliot's "friends" reappear as different characters in each wish.
  • Hot as Hell: The Devil.
    "Prince of Darkness. Well, princess."
  • Grew a Spine: Elliot, over the course of the film.
  • 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 that Allison has a happy life.
  • Jackass Genie: The Devil fits the trope perfectly, except that she's obviously not a Genie. Although, in this case it turns out worse for her than it does for him.
  • 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.
  • 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 anti-psychotics being replaced with Tic-Tacs.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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