A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This film is a retelling of the Faust legend and there are lots of clearly stated messages, some to purposely corny effect. “Be careful of what you wish for” plays prominently throughout. Additionally, the movie instructs that “wishing doesn’t work like magic" and “it’s not where we go, but how we get there." There's talk of the value of a soul and how it shouldn't be thought of lightly, the persuasive power of the devil, and the personal responsiblity everyone has in the choices they make, good and bad.
Positive Role Models
As lessons are learned the hero, originally a clueless nerd, finds happiness by being loyal, moral, and unselfish. The devil is seen throughout as seductive, manipulative, and brilliant, and yet adheres to a strict code of dishonor and evil.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon-style violence includes: a brief gun battle in which no one is shot or hurt; a devil-inspired multiple car crash in which no one is injured; a scary devil-figure; a quick shot of two drooling dogs gnashing their teeth; and finally, the leading character is shown falling long distances several times as he “transports” from one scene to another with no resulting consequence or injury.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of sexual innuendo and numerous women in scanty clothing throughout. Leading female character (“the devil”) appears in one very sexy outfit after another: low cut tops, mini-skirts, clingy pants and jumpsuits. There are numerous references to penis size (it’s a recurring theme) and some of the characters (but not the audience) get a good look at the hero’s “winkie.” Passionate kissing is shown in several scenes, but the only actual nudity is in the paintings that decorate some of the sets. Some sexy dancing.
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Occasional mild swearing and coarse language: “damn,” “hell,” “bastard,” “get into my pants,” “clitoris,” “teeny weeny winkie,” “banged me,” “ass,” “bad s--t,” and one character issues a middle finger “salute.”
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Products & Purchases
Some product mentions including McDonald’s, Tylenol, The Sporting News, Tic Tacs.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The “devil” smokes. Several scenes take place in bars or in party settings as the characters drink while socializing. In one lengthy sequence the hero has been turned into a drug kingpin and transported to South America; cocaine is the focus of this very stylized parody.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that playful sexual innuendo is a major component of this movie. There are lots of references to penis size, some comic depiction of homosexuality, and scenes in which characters flash their private parts off camera. Many of the women are seen in tight, revealing clothing throughout, including the female "devil" who displays her "attributes" in dozens of clinging, scanty outfits. A couple of action sequences are played for humor with gunplay, car crashes, and falls that result in no injury or death. Hell is depicted as a vast party scene complete with fire and brimstone. There's occasional swearing and potty language as well as some social drinking. One series of scenes finds the hero unwittingly involved in cocaine distribution in South America. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie may not leave you bedazzled, but it will leave you happy. The classic English comedy written in 1967 by Peter Cook and starring Cook and Dudley Moore has been Americanized; in other words, BEDAZZLED has less deadpan humor, sly wit, and existential comedy and more jokes about penis size. But it is still delicious fun.
Fraser is wonderful, almost unrecognizable as he moves from sensitive poet to basketball superstar. Hurley may not be up to the acting challenge, but she looks like a million bucks in a series of hilarous get-ups, and she has that most important attribute of a movie bad guy -- an English accent. The rest of the cast does not have much to do beyond wardrobe switches as they play different roles in each scenario, but Frances O'Connor (Allison) has a great smile and Orlando Jones (of The Replacements) has a couple of good moments. Gabriel Casseus makes a strong impression as someone who gives Elliot some good advice.
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