Film Screening 1st June, 2001

Poster for Bedazzled


8:00 PM, 1st June, 2001

  • PG
  • 93 mins
  • 2000
  • Harold Ramis
  • Larry Gelbart, Harold Ramis, Peter Tolan
  • Brendan Fraser, Elizabeth Hurley, Frances O'Connor, Miriam Shor

A remake of the 1967 film of the same name Bedazzled has a lot to live up to. While the new film is entertaining in parts, the original is still a superior film. The premise of Bedazzled is simple. Fraser plays Elliot - a loser, unsatisfied with his life, in particular that he can't get workmate Allison (Australia's own O'Connor) to fall in love with him - or even notice him. This situation attracts the attention of the devil (in the attractive form of Hurley), who offers Elliot the opportunity to improve his life. "7 wishes for one piddling little soul". Although the script lacks character development, the lead performances by Fraser (who is always likeable) and Hurley (who relishes her role and large wardrobe) make this an enjoyable film.

Pedr Cain

Poster for Happy, Texas

Happy, Texas 

8:01 PM, 1st June, 2001

  • M
  • 98 mins
  • 1999
  • Mark Illsey
  • Ed Stone, Mark Illsey, Phil Reeves
  • Steve Zahn, Jeremy Northam, William H. Macy, Paul Dooley, Ally Walker

Two escaped convicts disguised as beauty pageant experts...this could get ugly. Very very ugly! They (Northam and Zahn) arrive by accident in the town of Happy, Texas, where they are taken for a gay couple who are going to host the town's Little Miss Fresh Squeezed beauty pageant. Pretending to be gay doesn't come easy to these guys: walking in heels was always going to be difficult, and doing it gracefully is beyond them. As for deportment and etiquette... Of course things get more complicated once you add two girls and a potential bank robbery. Happy, Texas takes a close look at an eccentric small town, its eccentric occupants and even more eccentric visitors.

Jan Thurling