Mr Deeds

  • 12
  • Steven Brill (2002)
  • US
  • 92 min
Mr Deeds
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Film Review
Reviewed By
1 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Remake of Frank Capra's comedy Mr Deeds Goes to Town, starring Adam Sandler and Winona Ryder. Longfellow Deeds lives an uncomplicated life as a pizza-shop owner and aspiring greetings-card writer in a tiny town. But his world is thrown into disarray when he inherits a fortune from an unknown uncle.

Cast and crew


Longfellow Deeds
Adam Sandler
Babe Bennett / Pam Dawson
Winona Ryder
Chuck Cedar
Peter Gallagher
Mac McGrath
Jared Harris
Emilio Lopez
John Turturro
Conchata Ferrell
Crazy Eyes
Steve Buscemi
Allen Covert
Cecil Anderson
Erick Avari
Peter Dante
Preston Blake
Harve Presnell
Buddy Ward
Blake Clark
J B Smoove
John McEnroe
John McEnroe
Rev Al Sharpton
Rev Al Sharpton
Nazo, the delivery man
Rob Schneider


Steven Brill

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia TriStar
Violence and swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Released 1 Nov 2002
Certificate 12
Columbia/Tri-Star Home Video