Bedazzled
PG-13
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: -1 1/2

In this humorous variation on the Faust legend, Elliot Richards (Brendan Fraser) tries hard to be friendly and fit in with his co-workers, but his nerdy personality drives them away. He worships the attractive Alison Gardener (Frances OConnor) from afar because he cant get the nerve to talk to her. But when he says hed give anything to have Alison in his life, an attractive woman in red offers him seven wishes in exchange for his soul. The devil (Elizabeth Hurley) encourages and even coaches Elliot in his wishes as he tries being rich and powerful, emotionally sensitive, a famous sports figure, an intellectual giant with manhood to match and even U.S. president.. Each time, Elliot finds a problem with his wish. But no ones ever accused the devil of being fair. With only one wish left, Elliot has to find a loophole in the contract or lose his soul. Fraser and Hurley prove temptation can be sinfully funny.

This remake of a 1967 British comedy strives more for laughs than theology, however, a few comments about prayer, souls belonging to God and the nature of the devil ring true. Elliot turns to the church for help, asking a priest how to talk to God. But Elliot wants a face to face interview like hes getting with the devil. Elliot later comments that he sold his soul and got nothing for it. Although Elliot expresses a traditional view of faithfulness in marriage, the Alison of his devil s wishes implies adultery, promiscuous sex and immorality. Much of the language is sexually oriented and includes numerous slang and anatomical terms for genitals. In one wish, Elliot becomes a Colombian drug lord and a man is shown with cocaine powder on his face. Unfortunately, the explicit sexual content darkens BEDAZZLED.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Distributor: 20th Century Fox, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

Summary
Crude Language: Many times - Mild 8, moderate 2
Obscene Language: Few times - S-word 1, finger gesture
Profanity: Many times - Regular 4 (GD, G 3); exclamatory 6 (OG, OMG)
Violence: Few times - Mild and moderate (gun shooting, explosion, high fall, traffic wrecks, sand kicked in face)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: Male rear in painting; Near nudity - Few times (low-cut dress, cleavage emphasized, scantily clad dancers, woman in underwear)
Homosexual Conduct: Man says hes gay, man in nightgown
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Many times (label uses slang term, sensual kiss, slang expression of desire, suggestive poster, women proposition man, woman grabs mans rear, suggestive comments about adultery, sexually explicit comment read from diary, man encouraged to peek at woman in shower, woman opens towel in front of invisible man, suggestive comments about genital size, man opens towel in front of woman, man adjusts crotch, anatomical terms for genitals, man suggests woman come to his home)
Drug Abuse: Few times - reference to drug lord & cocaine, man has powder on nose, cigar smoking, alcoholic drinks
Other: Devil says Heaven and Hell created on earth within humans, man makes selfless wish, priest says talking to God is prayer, man says soul belongs to God cant be traded, devil admits not being fair, humanistic theology
Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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