Shortcut to Happiness (The Devil and Daniel Webster) (2007)

Shortcut to Happiness (The Devil and Daniel Webster) (2007)





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Alec Baldwin, Anthony Hopkins, Kim Cattrall, Dan Aykroyd, and Jennifer Love Hewitt star in this re-imagining of Walter Huston's The Devil and Daniel Webster - this time concerning a struggling writer who sells his soul to Old Scratch (Hewitt) in a desperate bid to find fame and fortune on the literary circuit.
PG-13 (for language and sexual content)
Comedy , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Anthony Hopkins
as Daniel Webster
Alec Baldwin
as Jabez Stone
Dan Aykroyd
as Julius Jenson
Kim Cattrall
as Constance Hurry
Barry Miller
as Mike Weiss
Amy Poehler
as Molly Gilchrest
Mike Doyle
as Luke
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Critic Reviews for Shortcut to Happiness (The Devil and Daniel Webster)

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Has to be seen to be believed -- a very rare case of a movie that's such an utter train wreck you can't stop watching.

July 13, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

Baldwin, like so many thesp-helmers, lacks an instinctive sense of how to place and move the camera.

Full Review… | July 12, 2007
Top Critic

Much of the fault can be distributed to Hewitt's performance which has neither the zing nor the menace to effectively sell us that she has any credible advantage over heavyweights like Baldwin and Hopkins.

Full Review… | July 12, 2007

Awkwardly paced, indifferently acted and laughably hokey.

Full Review… | July 11, 2007
Las Vegas Weekly

Audience Reviews for Shortcut to Happiness (The Devil and Daniel Webster)

Really needs to be seen to understand how bad this is. Poorly directed, edited, written, name it. Even the great Anthony Hopkins can't rescue this mess...then again, it doesn't look as if he's trying all that hard either. There's a reason this sat on the shelf for's a total catastrophe.

Scott Iacovelli
Scott Iacovelli

I'm going to try not to hold it against him too much, but this film was made because Alec Baldwin directed. This means the cast he was able to bring is fantastic. Sadly, his directing is worse than most amateur filmmakers. The script is simple and without anything special or original to say. It's easy to mistake it as an ego trip for Baldwin, but I don't think it is. The film just isn't good enough to warrant the talents of anyone involved. It's also sad to see Baldwin's directing as uninspired as it is. But while it looks incredibly cheap, it's still a movie that mostly works. And good to see a collection of so many fun character actors in one place. Before seeing: Holy crap, this movie sounds awesome!

Robert Iwataki
Robert Iwataki

This film took me by surprise. I thought cause the film was on the shelf for so long that I wasn't gonna like the film, but I was wrong. I found the film very entertaining. I thought everyone in the cast did a great job. It was predictable but that didn't bother me. It did remind me of Bedazzled which I liked better than this film.

Sol C
Sol C

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