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Shortcut to Happiness (2003)

The Devil and Daniel Webster (original title)
Down-and-out writer Jabez Stone (Producer and Director Alec Baldwin) sells his soul to The Devil (Jennifer Love Hewitt) in exchange for fame and fortune.

Director:

Alec Baldwin (as Harry Kirkpatrick)

Writers:

Stephen Vincent Benet (story "The Devil and Daniel Webster"), Archibald Macleish (play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Virl Andrick Virl Andrick ... Dick
Ray Aranha Ray Aranha ... Mailman
Kaniel Arocho Kaniel Arocho ... Skateboard Kid #1
Jorge Arocho Jorge Arocho ... Skateboard Kid #2
Mary Ashton ... Production Assistant
Howard Atlee Howard Atlee ... Award Audience Man
Dan Aykroyd ... Julius Jensen
Alec Baldwin ... Jabez Stone
Gregg Bello ... Rick Fusco
Bobby Cannavale ... Cop
Jann Carl ... Herself
Kim Cattrall ... Constance Hurry
Antoni Cornacchione Antoni Cornacchione ... Security Guard
Bill Corsair Bill Corsair ... Aging Writer
Grenville Cuyler Grenville Cuyler ... Taxi Hailer
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Storyline

In Manhattan, ambitious writer Jabez Stone (Producer and Director Alec Baldwin) is a complete loser. He is not able to sell his novels, he lives in an awful apartment and he does not have success with women. When one of his friends, Julius Jensen (Dan Aykroyd), sells his novel for one hundred ninety thousand dollars to an editor, Jabez feels envious and promises to sell his soul to the devil for success and accidentally kills a woman with his typing machine. The Devil (Jennifer Love Hewitt) knocks on his door, fixes the situation, and seals a contract with Jabez. His low quality novels have bad reviews but become best-sellers; Jabez enriches; has success with women, but has no time for his friends. Jabez meets with publisher Daniel Webster (Sir Anthony Hopkins) who offers him a chance to break the contract with the devil. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

the devil is in the details.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 2007 (Kazakhstan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Devil See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the only directorial effort of Alec Baldwin to date (May 2019). See more »

Goofs

While showing Jabez his new apartment, the Realtor says Irving Berlin wrote "White Christmas" there. In fact, the song was written while sitting at the pool at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona in 1940. See more »

Quotes

Daniel Webster: Mr. Stone. Man of the hour. You're quite a success.
Jabez Stone: Thank you.
Daniel Webster: It wasn't meant as a compliment.
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Connections

Version of The Devil and Daniel Mouse (1978) See more »

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Straight Walkin'
Written and Performed by Larry Brown (as Lawrence H. Brown)
Courtesy of 440 Incorporated
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Mixing amateurs with pros
16 November 2009 | by banzanbonSee all my reviews

This movie was fun but Jennifer Love Hewitt was so utterly miscast. She's fine for some light TV but she's not a powerful enough actress to play in an ensemble of this caliber. Everyone in it, Kim Catrall, Hopkins, Rubin, Akroyd, and even Baldwin himself are quite wonderful but Ms. Hewitt throws the balance. She's the thing that spoils the movie; especially her delivery of the last "closing argument" monologue belongs in some kind of first year acting class. The movie is a bit moralistic and sentimental and in my opinion it does not live up to the actual story of The Devil and Daniel Webster which is, in many ways more subtle than how Baldwin had handled it. He's gone for a more commercial treatment of a concept whose sophistication could have been just as entertaining. All in all, it's a fun little piece thought some of the sets, the editing as well as the casting of Hewitt should have been rethought. Baldwin is a decent enough director; keeps the film moving and definitely gives the characters good arcs.


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