USA / English
"Meet the Devil. She's giving Elliott seven wishes. But not a chance in Hell. "Hopeless dweeb Elliot Richards is granted 7 wishes by the devil to snare Allison, the girl of his dreams, in exchange for his soul.
Not Like The Original, But Pleasant Enough
The 1967 original, starring Dudley Moor and Peter Cook and directed by
Stanley Donen was a droll dark comedy that bombed when it was first
to theatres but has developed a very strong cult following over the years.
This 2000 version, directed by Harold Ramis is not so much a remake as a
latter-day re-imagining of the story. Aside from the basic premise, the
films share little else in common. This new version is a wacky,
farce that makes up in some giddily amusing moments what it lacks in true
Brendan Fraser is perfectly cast as the hapless computer tech who makes a
deal with Satan; granted seven wishes in exchange for eventual possession
his soul, we witness each wish he makes as his life becomes a series of
colorful and very funny misadventures. Some first-rate make-up and
effects transform Fraser and his world every time he changes wishes.
Elizabeth Hurley is extremely fetching and quite likable as the embodiment
of Satan, although I wish she'd showed a bit more evilness than glee in
All in all, a very entertaining movie that, of course, leaves the door
for a sequel. Bring it on!
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