Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he's finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the very next day.
When Longfellow Deeds, a small-town pizzeria owner and poet, inherits $40 billion from his deceased uncle, he quickly begins rolling in a different kind of dough. Moving to the big city, Deeds finds himself besieged by opportunists all gunning for their piece of the pie. Babe, a television tabloid reporter, poses as an innocent small-town girl to do an exposé on Deeds. Of course, Deeds' sincere naiveté has Babe falling in love with him instead. Ultimately, Deeds comes to find that money truly has the power to change things, but it doesn't necessarily need to change him. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
In the film, Deeds is from a small town called Mandrake Falls, New Hampshire. Though this is a fictional location, Adam Sandler moved to Manchester, New Hampshire at the age of six and lived there all his life until attending college at NYU. See more »
While Pam/Babe is making her speech at the end, her hair parts from one side to the other and back between shots, and her mic switches hands. The middle shot was apparently flipped to maintain direction of movement during the sequence. See more »
I'm gonna get to the top of Everest, if it's the last thing I do!
[cut to his frozen but triumphant body clinging to the summit of Mount Everest]
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Not the best Sandler movie, but not the worst, either.
I thought Mr. Deeds was absolutely hilarious, when I was a kid. It was one of my favorite movies. Now that I'm older, and have a lot more experience with comedies, I have to admit that it's not quite as wonderful as I once thought it was. It's so-by- numbers and unimaginative, that I can't imagine much passion or effort was put into making it, at all.
There are a few laughs to be had, but no more than any other typical Sandler movie. The story is shallow and the characters are so one-dimensional, that it's hard to really have much of an interest in what's going on. Somehow, it seems like not enough happens to even account for the relatively short running-time. I've simply grown-up, and besides how pretty Winona Ryder is, nothing about Mr. Deeds is as good as I remember.
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