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28 Days (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 14 April 2000 (USA)
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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New York based writer Gwen Cummings knows that she drinks a lot, doesn't believe it's a problem, and if she finally decides that it is that she could stop drinking without issue. She and her live-in boyfriend Jasper fuel each other's hyperactivity with this excessive alcohol consumption, "a normal life" which is not in either's vocabulary for themselves. Between Gwen and her older straight-laced sister Lily, Gwen more closely resembles who was their larger than life mother, who was also an addict and who died when they were children. Lily believes that Gwen's alcohol consumption makes her a difficult if not impossible person to love. While Gwen is in a drunken stupor at Lily's wedding, Gwen causes one issue after another, ruining the day for Lily. Gwen is forced to examine her drinking with the culmination of bad events she caused at the wedding, leading to her being court ordered to enter into rehab for twenty-eight days, which is only marginally more tolerable an idea to her than ... Written by Huggo

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

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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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$43,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,310,672, 16 April 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,170,488

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,198,945
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In 2011, Alan Tudyk told Empire Magazine that his character from Transformers: Dark of the Moon was the same character he had played in 28 Days (the gay German performance artist, Gerhard): "I decided that it's the same guy. He had gotten out of rehab, got himself on the right track and then... entered the Army, became a specialist, found that he had skills in computers and weapons. Then he got burned out after too much killing, and just decided to become a valet to Agent Simmons. There's a moment where he just goes crazy, and I say, 'That's the old me' and that was all based on that bullshit idea that it was the same guy." See more »

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When Gwen is talking to her sister by the lake, we see them embrace before it cuts to a shot of their reflection in the lake. In the reflection Gwen has sunglasses on her head - which she wasn't wearing before that shot. See more »

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Betty: Tonight's lecture: Are you a blackout drunk, or don't you remember?
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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 »

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Dreaming
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Written and Performed by Loudon Wainwright III
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Very solid movie; Bullock, Thomas deserve praise
27 April 2000 | by 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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