Movie Review: Bedazzled

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Score: 6.6/10

Bedazzled is an old comedy released in 2000 starring Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley. It’s somewhat charming, but not particularly great. It’s a nice fluff film to keep you entertained on a boring afternoon.

Bedazzled is actually a remake of a film of the same name that was released in 1967. The plot is generally the same. The devil (played by the vivacious Elizabeth Hurley) appears before a lonely loser of a man (played by Brendan Fraser) and offers him seven wishes in return for his soul.

This is basically a Monkey’s Paw type situation. Fraser’s character keeps making wishes and Hurley’s devil character keeps finding ways to mess them up. A lot of these wishes involve scenarios that actually have not aged well, meaning that they played off racial and gender related stereotypes that are arguably insensitive in todays environment which demands more awareness. With that in mind, I still chuckled a little.

I think the most incredible thing is that this was directed by Harold Ramis. Ramis is famous for directing Groundhog Day and for writing a bunch of famous comedies like Ghostbusters and National Lampoon’s Animal House. I feel like a big reason this movie didn’t do so well was simply because the directing could’ve been better and unfortunately, that falls on Ramis. In Ramis’ defense, this movie is decent for its time.

The biggest things I got out of this movie is simply watching Elizabeth Hurley and Brendan Fraser in their prime. Hurley has never been more beautiful and somehow carries the film just by showing up in an impressively large number of attractive outfits. Brendan Fraser is a sight for sore eyes as I grew up enjoying many of his movies. If you didn’t know, Fraser went through a bitter divorce a while back where his ex-wife took almost everything and that pretty much took the sails out of his acting career. In addition, I think he also had some relatively severe injuries from past stunts that didn’t help. It was nice to see him again in a comedy, the genre he was best known for.

Overall, this movie wasn’t great, but was a nice reminder of the movies that came out of the early 2000’s. I’m not sure I’d recommend it, but I did enjoy it for what it was.