Solving the problem of evil in the twenty-first century

Bedazzled

The movie “Bedazzled” is a comedy that plays proof that the Devil’s offerings are indeed not for the taking. The main character Elliot Richard played by Brendan Fraser is a lower class citizen within the white collar world. Elliot has had a major crush on his co-worker Allison for sometime, when he is acquainted by a beautiful woman who is actually the Devil. The Devil played by Elizabeth Hurley offers him seven wishes of any sort in exchange for Elliot’s soul. Elliot agrees in hope he will be able to attract Allison’s attention, but none of his wishes will exactly come out the way he would have wanted. After transforming himself into a South American tycoon, a champion NBA basketball player, a famous author, the most sensitive man in the world, and even the president of the United States, he begins to understand that the Devil has added a crucial problem to each of his wishes, and for all his troubles he is still leave without his major crush Allison. This movie plays with the audience  numerous times and especially with the male sex in society, because we are presented with a man and his weakness while the male audience experiences the same exact weakness when tempted by the Devil’s sex appeal. Elizabeth Hurley’s character throughout the film taunts and playfully flirts with Elliot Richard making her in complete control of most of his conscience and actions. Watching this film almost seems as if Elliot has been brainwashed away from every wish that goes wrong, because he continues to believe he can make it right with the next one. In the end the audience finds out that it has been all the game of the Devil all along and Elliot Richard will be stuck in a struggle to back his soul.

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6 responses

  1. Molly Allender

    In addition to representing a tempting devil that is popular in many interpretations of evil, I believe the movie makes comments on the human condition. It seems humans always want what they don’t have and can’t appreciate what they do have. Humans have trouble recognizing possible flaws and the drawbacks to those they envy. Bedazzled playfully demonstrates “the grass is always greener on the other side.”

    April 27, 2011 at 9:49 am

  2. What I find interesting about this movie is that the way the devil is presented physically is almost the exact opposite of most common depictions of it. Most of the time, Satan is presented as an evil, male figure. However, here, the devil is a sexy woman who shares the same trickster personality characteristics that the devil has in other works.

    April 29, 2011 at 1:14 pm

  3. I agree with jlg3673. The devil is normally some grotesque being that is out to destroy man, but I enjoyed seeing a different take. Instead, the devil is the embodiment of one man’s most common sins: lust. It makes the movie relatable to the audience. The fact that the devil is in control of the main character, which you mentioned, intrigued me as well, because it depicts satan as especially cunning and always in control, even when we believe he isn’t.

    May 6, 2011 at 2:08 pm

  4. nickmehendale

    I agree with the previous posts that the different image is interesting. I think that the different take on the Devil, making his(her?) image a representation of the temptation that his actions are supposed to represent. I think this is meant to relate this point to a wide audience, and when you get down to it, to trick people into buying tickets.

    May 6, 2011 at 11:47 pm

  5. zet66

    I agree with the other posts about the difference in the devil’s appearance being interesting. I also like how you brought up the idea that just as the main character is being tempted by sex appeal so are the male audience members. It seems like a pretty shallow representation of male weakness to suggest that sex is enough of a reason to deal with the devil.

    May 8, 2011 at 8:53 pm

  6. nbe88

    Even though the movie depicts what others want out of life, fame, fortune, wit, etc., it shadows the true reasoning behind Elliot Richards’ efforts- love. He makes a deal with the Devil in order to gain what he wants the most out of life; which is something that I’m sure many people would do as well.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm

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