Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5
USA/Germany, 2000. Twentieth Century Fox, Regency Enterprises, KirchMedia. Screenplay by Larry Gelbart, Harold Ramis, Peter Tolan, based on the 1967 film, story by Peter Cook, Screenplay by Peter Cook, Dudley Moore. Cinematography by Bill Pope. Produced by Trevor Albert, Harold Ramis. Music by David Newman. Production Design by Rick Heinrichs. Costume Design by Deena Appel. Film Editing by Craig Herring.
Fairly diverting comedy remake of the 1960s Stanley Donen cult favourite, this time with Brendan Fraser selling his soul to the devil in exchange for seven wishes that give him the opportunity to win the girl of his dreams (Frances O’Connor). In this version, the horned one is played by a woman, and what makes the film worth watching is that Elizabeth Hurley reveals herself to be a truly gifted comedienne in the role, blessed with timing and charm in spades.
Other than her, the film is not much more than a collection of clichés that remind one of the idiotic comedies of the eighties, with stereotypes running from the bad sexual woman (only evil women wear slinky outfits…not that in Hurley’s case we actually mind) vs. the good woman (O’Connor’s many inexplicable characters that pop up in Fraser’s dream worlds are never more than silly caricatures and her whole contribution to the film remains less than fluff), the gay neighbour (Fraser wishes to be the wittiest and smartest man in the world and comes home to find the worst horror of a homophobic cliché in his bed who calls him “Mary” and tells him to prove his sexuality by naming off musical theatre trivia), and an entirely unfunny sequence that deals with penis-size obsession.