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Mr Deeds

  • Comedy
  • Romance
  • 2002
  • Steven Brill
  • 92 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Longfellow DeedsAdam Sandler
Babe Bennett / Pam DawsonWinona Ryder
Chuck CedarPeter Gallagher
Mac McGrathJared Harris
Emilio LopezJohn Turturro
JanConchata Ferrell
Crazy EyesSteve Buscemi
MartyAllen Covert
Cecil AndersonErick Avari
MurphPeter Dante
Preston BlakeHarve Presnell
Buddy WardBlake Clark
ReubenJ B Smoove
John McEnroeJohn McEnroe
Rev Al SharptonRev Al Sharpton
Nazo, the delivery manRob Schneider

Crew

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DirectorSteven Brill

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia TriStar
Released on
2002-11-01
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, some swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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