Steve Daly
October 18, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Bedazzled (Movie - 2000)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
93 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/20/00
performer
Brendan Fraser, Elizabeth Hurley, Paul Adelstein, Brian Doyle-Murray, Frances O'Connor, Orlando Jones, Miriam Shor
director
Harold Ramis
Producers
KirchMedia, Regency Enterprises, 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Peter Cook, Larry Gelbart, Dudley Moore, Harold Ramis, Peter Tolan
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C-

The road to artistic hell has umpteen on ramps, and one of the busiest lately is the boulevard of broken remakes. Why do fools rush in? Easy: Stars are overpriced and overbooked, and execs want pretested concepts to snag them and get production rolling with a minimum of painful script work.

But a little more script work, at the very least, should have gone into the manufacture of the black comedy Bedazzled. The 1967 original starred Dudley Moore as a shlub trying to wrest his soul from an acerbic Satan (Peter Cook) through six wish fulfillment identities. Here we get Hollywood’s” I’ll do anything” champ, Brendan Fraser, opposite fetching but limited model cum comedian Elizabeth Hurley.

Fraser’s physical shtick works well in spots, especially his turn as a freckle faced aesthete. But director and co rewriter Harold Ramis, a long way from career high ”Groundhog Day,” lets his star run wild — especially at the movie’s start, where Fraser way overdoes the nerdy tics. Hurley can’t pump much sizzle into her flat lines — ”I left my purse in the underworld!” — which Larry Gelbart (guiding light of TV’s ”M*A*S*H”) and Peter Tolan (”Analyze This”) helped concoct.

Only production designer Rick Heinrichs, a longtime Tim Burton collaborator, works full throttle here, packing the screen with lush eye candy. Something to chew on in lieu of a nuttier comic nougat.

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