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Mathematics Goes to the Movies

by Burkard Polster and Marty Ross

**Bedazzled (2000)**

61:40

Elizabeth Hurley plays the Devil. In this scene she is a schoolteacher.

DEVIL: O.K. boys. Tonight’s homework.

(She walks to the blackboard, on which is written the equation “x^n+y^n+z^n
”, followed by “Solve for n>2. SHOW YOUR WORK”:) Algebra.
X to the n’th plus Y to the n’th equals Z to the n’th. Well,
you’re never going to use that, are you?

Laughter from the class.