Shortcut to Happiness (The Devil and Daniel Webster) Reviews

  • Sep 28, 2019

    Well, the movie had some good lessons but it wasn't enjoyable. Mainly because of the tiny and uninteresting devil for whom Jennifer Love Hewitt wasn't the right pick. Other than that it was okay.

    Well, the movie had some good lessons but it wasn't enjoyable. Mainly because of the tiny and uninteresting devil for whom Jennifer Love Hewitt wasn't the right pick. Other than that it was okay.

  • Mar 19, 2014

    Really needs to be seen to understand how bad this is. Poorly directed, edited, written, shot...you 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 years....it's a total catastrophe.

    Really needs to be seen to understand how bad this is. Poorly directed, edited, written, shot...you 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 years....it's a total catastrophe.

  • Dec 31, 2013

    Nicely done update to the Devil and Daniel Webster, with a really great cast. Anthony Hopkins is always worth watching.

    Nicely done update to the Devil and Daniel Webster, with a really great cast. Anthony Hopkins is always worth watching.

  • Oct 19, 2013

    Fun story, that comes from a well written script which is then played with talent by Anthony and Alec. Cinematography is detailed giving a delicious view for the eye. Being a literary and moral story the depth of language is an enchantment for the ear and mind. Nibbles: Devilled Eggs.

    Fun story, that comes from a well written script which is then played with talent by Anthony and Alec. Cinematography is detailed giving a delicious view for the eye. Being a literary and moral story the depth of language is an enchantment for the ear and mind. Nibbles: Devilled Eggs.

  • Jan 22, 2013

    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!

    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!

  • Aug 31, 2012

    Jabez Stone (Alec Baldwin) is a down-and-out writer trying to make the big time in New York City. When one of his closest friends Julius (Dan Aykroyd) finds literary success by selling his novel to the famed Webster Books - Stone is jealous and finally hits rock bottom. So when a beautiful stranger (Jennifer Love Hewitt) arrives on his doorstep she offers him a chance at fame and fortune in exchange for his soul he readily accepts the deal. With the help of his gorgeous editor Constance Hurry (Kim Cattrall) he hits the big time with the career that he always dreamt of and with women falling at his feet. Now Stone has it all but the view from the top isnt everything hed imagined it to be... Now time is running out fast on the 10-year contract for his soul as he comes to realise it true value. Desperate he must enlist the help of Editor Daniel Webster (Anthony Hopkins). Together the two take on the Devil in a battle of wits to try to save his immortal soul. also stars Barry Miller, Amy Poheler and Mike Doyle. directed by Harry Kirkpatrick.

    Jabez Stone (Alec Baldwin) is a down-and-out writer trying to make the big time in New York City. When one of his closest friends Julius (Dan Aykroyd) finds literary success by selling his novel to the famed Webster Books - Stone is jealous and finally hits rock bottom. So when a beautiful stranger (Jennifer Love Hewitt) arrives on his doorstep she offers him a chance at fame and fortune in exchange for his soul he readily accepts the deal. With the help of his gorgeous editor Constance Hurry (Kim Cattrall) he hits the big time with the career that he always dreamt of and with women falling at his feet. Now Stone has it all but the view from the top isnt everything hed imagined it to be... Now time is running out fast on the 10-year contract for his soul as he comes to realise it true value. Desperate he must enlist the help of Editor Daniel Webster (Anthony Hopkins). Together the two take on the Devil in a battle of wits to try to save his immortal soul. also stars Barry Miller, Amy Poheler and Mike Doyle. directed by Harry Kirkpatrick.

  • Jul 11, 2012

    One of the worst films I ever saw in my life. Completely uninspired and boring.

    One of the worst films I ever saw in my life. Completely uninspired and boring.

  • Oct 02, 2011

    Sunday movie... or maybe not even that.

    Sunday movie... or maybe not even that.

  • Sep 05, 2011

    trop mal joue scenario ininteressant que fait anthony hopkins dans une merde pareille.

    trop mal joue scenario ininteressant que fait anthony hopkins dans une merde pareille.

  • Aug 21, 2011

    I thought it was great - Im curious why people are so closed minded and behave like hermit crabs in the sense if its not in their little shell - they dont want to know about it. Too many people live in little boxes - which is the core of the story here as Jabez (Baldwin) thinks success (in his lifeless little box) is happiness. When he discovers that this couldn't be further from the truth Webster (Hopkins) steps in to go up against the sinister Devil (Love Hewitt - Who despite all the fat-ass keyboard hero cows opinions - I think is the sexiest she has ever been) in a battle for Jabez's soul. Kim Cattrall is the ever raunchy Assistant in Jabez's success and Dan Aykroyd is his betrayed friend with very little compassion for Jabez's selfishness. If people could take a page from Jabez's "book" and apply it to their own frame of mind, you will most definably be able to familiarize yourself with this heart-felt movie based around the famed story "The Devil and Daniel Webster" by William Dieterle.

    I thought it was great - Im curious why people are so closed minded and behave like hermit crabs in the sense if its not in their little shell - they dont want to know about it. Too many people live in little boxes - which is the core of the story here as Jabez (Baldwin) thinks success (in his lifeless little box) is happiness. When he discovers that this couldn't be further from the truth Webster (Hopkins) steps in to go up against the sinister Devil (Love Hewitt - Who despite all the fat-ass keyboard hero cows opinions - I think is the sexiest she has ever been) in a battle for Jabez's soul. Kim Cattrall is the ever raunchy Assistant in Jabez's success and Dan Aykroyd is his betrayed friend with very little compassion for Jabez's selfishness. If people could take a page from Jabez's "book" and apply it to their own frame of mind, you will most definably be able to familiarize yourself with this heart-felt movie based around the famed story "The Devil and Daniel Webster" by William Dieterle.