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Mr. Deeds (2002)

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Viewed at OakTree Cinemas
Rated PG-13; running time of 93 minutes
Genre: Comedy
Written by: Tim Herlihy, based on the screenplay by Robert Riskin
Directed by: Steven Brill
Cast:: Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder, John Turturro, Steve Buscemi, Jared Harris, Peter Gallagher, Allen Covert, Conchata Ferrell

WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest

Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler) happily runs a small pizza shop in the little town of Mandrake Falls, New Hampshire. All that changes when he finds out that he is the only relative of the now-deceased billionaire Preston Blake.

Deeds has been invited to New York for a couple of days by the officers of the company while they finalized paperwork. The officers, Cedar (Peter Gallagher) and Anderson (Erick Avari), hope that Deeds will sell his shares for 40 billion to them, thus giving them control of the company. What they don't count on is hat Deeds is very likable and not as dumb as they would like to think.

Complicating things for Deed is Babe Bennett a.k.a. Pam Dawson (Winona Ryder) who is posing as a sweet school nurse to get close to Deeds. In reality she is a producer for a sleazy tabloid television show who is trying to get the scoop on Deeds.

Will Deeds be able to survive the treachery of New York and those around him or will he be sucked in and become what he is trying to avoid?

The Dish

What a disappointment. I'm speaking as someone who saw the brilliance in Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, and The Waterboy. Mr. Deeds lacks originality for more reasons than the fact that it's a remake. Sandler is very loyal, he has a group of people that he always works with and I think this is great, except they are starting to play the same characters over and over again. They all sound the same and for the most part the all look the same. Even the dialogue is the same. It is very tiresome and has gotten very old and I daresay it sounds pretty stupid.

There was zero chemistry between Sandler and Ryder. Tuturro was cute for about 20 minutes then he became annoying.

I honestly can not point to one performance that was above mediocre. This is really too bad.

The Directive

Set your expectations very low and catch a matinee.
flashing red

No good deed goes unpunished - and punishment you shall feel after watching Mr. Deeds.


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