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Mr. Deeds (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  28 June 2002 (USA)
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A sweet-natured, small-town guy inherits a controlling stake in a media conglomerate and begins to do business his way.



(short story "Opera Hat"), (film Mr. Deeds Goes to Town), 1 more credit »
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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

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Small town kid, big time right hook See more »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language including sexual references, and some rear nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 June 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deeds  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,162,787 (USA) (28 June 2002)


$482,818 (Japan) (21 February 2003)

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The main helicopter used in the film is a Sikorsky S-92. At the time of production, the S-92 was not an FAA certified aircraft (still under development) and without much of an interior. No cast or film crew were allowed aboard the helicopter during operation, and all interior shots had to be faked. See more »


After Deeds hands the Oreo and french fry pizza through the jail window to Crazy Eyes, he is immediately shown holding a slice and biting into it. He did not have enough time to put the pizza down, open the box, and take a slice. See more »


[first lines]
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Stick With Capra's Version Instead.
12 December 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The remake to Frank Capra's 1936 masterpiece "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" lacks the charm, heart and intelligence of that production. The titled character (Adam Sandler) inherits an outrageous fortune from a relative he did not even know about and New York opportunists led by the sleazy Peter Gallagher try to take advantage of Sandler's kindness and generosity towards others. Naturally Sandler is much smarter than he first appears and proves to be an individual that can handle swindlers. However he does let his guard down around supposed school nurse Winona Ryder (in actuality a reporter for a tabloid) and that is when his big-city troubles start. "Mr. Deeds" is a watchable and somewhat entertaining film that works because of Sandler's screen persona. Sandler continues to raise films that are duds just because of his enormous talents. The same is true with this one. Watch for "Fargo" alums Steve Buscemi and Harve Presnell as well as a long cameo from ex-tennis superstar John McEnroe. 2.5 out of 5 stars.

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