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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Preston Blake
Buddy Ward, the Quarterback's Father
Tom McNulty ...
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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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Did You Know?


When filming the scene where Deeds beats up Marty, Allen Covert got spun around by Adam Sandler, slipped on the sidewalk and his skull hit the concrete with no protection and was unconscious for a minute. 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 »


[first lines]
Preston Blake: 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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Referenced in Southland Tales (2006) See more »


Someday, Someway
Written and Performed by Marshall Crenshaw (as Crenshaw)
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Not the best Sandler movie, but not the worst, either.
20 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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