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28 Days (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  14 April 2000 (USA)
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A big-city newspaper columnist is forced to enter a drug and alcohol rehab center after ruining her sister's wedding and crashing a stolen limousine.



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Oliver (as Michael O'Malley)
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Young Gwen


After getting into a car accident while drunk on the day of her sister's wedding, Gwen Cummings is given a choice between prison or a rehab center. She chooses rehab, but is extremely resistant to taking part in any of the treatment programs they have to offer, refusing to admit that she has an alcohol addiction. After getting to know some of the other patients, Gwen gradually begins to re-examine her life and see that she does, in fact, have a serious problem. The path to recovery will not be easy, and success will not be guaranteed or even likely, but she is now willing to give it a try. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The Life of the Party... before she got a life.


Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving substance abuse, language and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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14 April 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

28 días  »

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$43,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,310,672 (USA) (14 April 2000)


$305,645 (Denmark) (15 September 2000)

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Did You Know?


There were six wedding cakes made for the wedding scene shoot. One cake was used for a test shot with a stunt woman falling on it to see how it would look. Unbeknownst to director Betty Thomas, there were two wooden spikes inside of the cake for structural support. Fortunately when the stunt woman fell on the cake, she was not wounded. See more »


I saw this film on disc, so maybe the theatrical version was different, but I lost count at 12 flagrant boom mic drop ins. See more »


Gwen Cummings: [Breaking down] I'm sorry I make it impossible for you to love me.
Lily: [Consoling her] Oh, Gwen, you make it impossible for me not to love you.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits a scene is shown where a new patient is arriving at rehab. The new patient is the actor playing Falcon in the soap Santa Cruz which is the favorite of both Eddie Boone and Andrea. Eddie Boone asks Falcon for an autograph. See more »


Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.191 (2010) See more »


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Written and Performed by Ray Stevens
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Very solid movie; Bullock, Thomas deserve praise
27 April 2000 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

There are a lot of good things about 28 Days, especially from Sandra Bullock and Betty Thomas (Director). Don't be fooled by the advertisers and trailers, this movie is a drama. There is a little comedy thrown in the mix to keep things light at times (after all, rehab is a depressing subject), but the balance is about 80/20% in favor of drama.

Sandra really shines. This movie is all hers and she proves that while bubbly and energetic may be her niche, she can also be gritty and subtle to great effect. She's always been a very solid and dependable actress, but she gets to dig deeper here. She could have played this role in so many ways that would have been easy and predictable, but luckily she gave just the right amount of weight to her character. It's certainly her best acting performance.

Betty Thomas also delivers another strong effort. The pacing and amount of scene time seem just right. There is very interesting camera work and flashback scenes that work very well. I guess the best thing to say is that she made a formula movie (girl bottoms out, girl resists rehab, girl comes to terms and embraces recovery) without boring us with the formula.

In short, the best thing about the movie is what it wasn't. It could have been so cliched (although there were a couple of unavoidable ones) and paint-by-numbers. Instead, it was more subtle rather than over the top.

There are good performances by all, especially Steven Buscemi who plays his small role straight and somber. This film has higher artistic/merit value than it does entertainment value (afterall, how entertaining can a movie about rehab be?). It's a solid 7.

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