Elizabeth Hurley, Brendan Fraser, and Frances O'Conner.
By: Harold Ramis
it's a Brendan Fraser movie - what do you expect? It's pure
fluff. He's the Meg Ryan of men. The boy next door who's quirky
cute. Then, when he shaves and throws on an Armani, you'd sell
your soul for a single serving portion of the man steak sub
below the BVDs.
Hurley is an ultra-cool chick babe. What doesn't this mega force
get into? Her production company (a vehicle for winky Hugh Grant),
her fashion side job, and of course her acting. I like her.
She seems like she's stashing huge gobs of bubble gum in her
cheeks when she speaks, sure, but her delivery is still fantastic
and she's the sexiest Devil since Al Pacino in The Devil's Advocate.
Bedazzled story goes...Elliot Richards (Brendan "King of
Male Movie Fluff" Fraser) is a geek. He's unnoticed and
perpetually awkward with the ladies (Yes, Brendan Fraser is
a tall, handsome chap who'd be jumped wherever he
strolled - it's a movie - go with it).
got a great big loaf of French bread swelling in his khakis
forAllison (Frances O'Conner), his aloof co-worker. After being
blown off, again, by the object of his Earthly desires, he mutters
those oh so famous Devil conjuring words " I'd give anything
to have Allison." Poof. Satan, Lucifer, er, Lucille at
your service. The Dev (Hurley Burley) is a knock out - he hasn't
got a chance. She bedazzles poor Elliot into signing away his
soul for a mere seven wishes. Why seven? She explains that it
sounded good - and would bring the movie in under two hours
for producers, I'm guessing.
Anywho, Elliot wishes and the fun begins. She is the Devil you
know. If there's a loop hole she'll find it. Proving lawyers
really are Mephistophelian , no?
The lives Elliot wishes for make up the laughter in Bedazzled.
I really bellowed a few times. Fraser's a great comedic actor
- very facial.
Ultimately, a fun family night at the movie. If your date or
you like the Meg Ryan-Tom Hanks-quazi reality-Capra(esque)-
why, even the Devil couldn't get us down-happy dappy endings
- you'll love Bedazzled.
The history of the film is very cool. Peter Cook and Dudley
Moore, once very popular "out there" British comedians
responsible for the Beyond the Fringe troupe (like Monty Python,
but they never got the same recognition here in the US) were
the original proprietors of this story. Dudley Moore, then playing
the poor soul enchanted with a woman's beauty so deeply that
he'd spend eternity in hell. Definition of hell? Think a thousand
wide screen televisions turned up full volume, with Salma Hayek
Allen Poe's The Raven over and over...
an enjoyable, cute remake. You know, the audience of mostly
pubescent males gawking at Elizabeth Hurley's Austin Powers'
wardrobe rejects mainly comprised of bright red, skin tight
cat suits, did too.
recommendation: Big Mac and a Coke