Bedazzled [DVD] 
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Meet the Devil: she's granted Elliot seven 'fabulous' wishes, but before you can say 666, Elliot's existence has become a living hell of outrageously comic proportions.
Brendan Fraser stars in Bedazzled as Elliot, a dweebish office worker who yearns for Alison (Frances O'Connor), a coworker who barely knows he exists. When he blithely says he'd give his soul for Alison, the Devil appears in the fetching guise of Elizabeth Hurley and promises him seven wishes in exchange. Elliot is dubious at first, but agrees out of desperation. Unfortunately, his every wish always leaves the Devil with a little wiggle-room. When he asks to be rich and powerful, the Devil turns him into a drug lord beset on all sides. When he asks to be a successful, well-endowed writer, the Devil adds a male lover to the mix. The setup and situations are clever, though this Bedazzled has less bite than the original 1968 version starring Dudley Moore and Peter Cook. It does, however, provide some better comic substance for Fraser than most of his previous roles and will give his fans something to enjoy. O'Connor is entirely pleasant in her largely straight role, and Hurley fills out her part delectably by filling out a number of revealing outfits. This is an enjoyable bit of froth. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com
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Its main strength lies in shrewd use of the actors. Fraser performs well in a wide variety of roles, while Hurley gives an Anne Robinson-like performance between the fantasy scenes, while her appearances in the fantasies themselves is restricted to popping up occasionally, saying little and looking pretty. To her credit she does a great job between scenes of conveying the Devil's enthusiasm and delight for everyday acts of mischief.
The new Bedazzled avoids the main flaw of the original, namely that whatever the scene, Cook and Moore effectively played out their familiar personae over and over again. Here, Fraser handles a series of roles brilliantly, while still letting us believe that he's the same character underneath. This is most notable in a scene where he plays a basketball star frustrated at only being able to speak in cliches ("Give 110%", "There's no I in TEAM" etc). In fact, even as an avid Peter Cook fan, I have to admit that the bulk of the film is actually slightly funnier than the original, something I never in my wildest dreams expected. Although it's a shame that certain key scenes from the original aren't recreated, particularly those which explore the relationship between the two characters, it's good that it doesn't try to stick to the original too much (besides, you have to suspect that Hurley would make a mess of such scenes).
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You really have to be specific when you are making wishes, as Elliot soon learns as a series of fantasies fulfilled quickly fall through: fame, power, and marriage to Allison is dangerous as well as unfulfilling, the life of an unbelievable star athlete comes with its own little problem (wink, wink), intelligence and savoir faire misses the mark, and becoming the most sensitive man on earth is quite simply a big mistake.Read more ›
'No, what’s it about?’
'It’s got Liz Hurley in it.’
That would be where the conversation normally ends. It’s fair to say that Ms Hurley is hardly known for her acting abilities. And good reason for it. Yes, she’s a pretty face, but her looks don’t always translate to talent on screen. However, in Bedazzled, she doesn’t come off too bad. No, no one ever said that her failing to win an Oscar for her role as the devil was a travesty, but the whole package is watchable enough if you’re in the mood for something lightweight and frothy.
Brendan Fraser is the star – playing a socially awkward geek who’s desperately in love with a girl he works with. Naturally, he has no chance, until Ms Hurley (or the devil, but without the trident and horns) shows up and offers him seven wishes (for the minor price of his soul). He accepts and we’re treated so a kind of extended clip show of what his wishes would be like. Of course, by dealing with the devil, nothing really goes how he would like.
It’s hardly deep and meaningful. Every time Fraser makes a wish, the devil makes it go wrong. Rinse and repeat. Yet it’s still pretty good fun to watch. Fraser is as good as he ever is and naturally endearing for the role. Hurley still struggles to portray real emotion, even with the limited script she’s given, but this is truly a case where her looks win us over. She really looks like the devil (might, if the devil was a hot woman) and so can be forgiven for her acting shortcomings.
If you’re in the mood for something daft and reasonably amusing to watch together on the sofa, this is definitely worth an hour and a half of your time. I wouldn’t say buy it on Blu-ray and keep it forever, but if you’re in the right frame of mind, it’s not a bad way to waste time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had this on VHS. Donated all my VHS years ago. Boring night on TV and thought about what I wanted to watch. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Jofi Dragon
Liz Hurley is a dramatically untalented actress whose screen time is way overrated and may only serve elderly men some sort of pleasure. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marco
I have never seen this movie in TV, mostly because I don't like Liz Hurley. But I must say, in this movie she did a quite good job. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Charleine H. "Maggie"