Mr Deeds

Mr Deeds

Steven Brill (2002)

92min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Comedian Adam Sandler apparently made this comedy for his late grandmother, because his father told him she "would've liked it". Indeed, what better way to honour granny than to remake her favourite film, Frank Capra's Mr Deeds Goes to Town? Well, the moral of this short story is that good intentions don't make good films. Sandler takes on the Gary Cooper role of the country bumpkin who inherits a business empire, goes to the big city and becomes the unwitting target of a scandal-seeking reporter (Winona Ryder) trying to get the goods on him, as well as a scheming executive (Peter Gallagher) who's just trying to get the goods. Whereas Cooper was an everyman, Sandler is just the man in the street, and director Steven Brill is no Capra - he has replaced wit with smut and sentiment with saccharin. Even the most indulgent grandmother would have to pass on this travesty of an American classic.

Summary

A naive pizza parlour owner inherits $40billion and moves to New York, where he encounters unscrupulous opportunists keen to get their hands on the money - and a ruthless reporter determined to tell his story. Remake of 1936 romantic comedy Mr Deeds Goes to Town, with Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder, John Turturro, Allen Covert, Peter Gallagher and Jared Harris.

Cast & Crew

Longfellow Deeds Adam Sandler
Babe Bennett/Pam Dawson Winona Ryder
Emilio Lopez John Turturro
Marty Allen Covert
Chuck Cedar Peter Gallagher
Mac McGrath Jared Harris
Jan Conchata Ferrell
Crazy Eyes Steve Buscemi
Director Steven Brill
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Violence, edited for languageAvailable on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama