5.8/10
120,235
310 user 116 critic

Mr. Deeds (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 28 June 2002 (USA)
Trailer
2:26 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
A sweet-natured, small-town guy inherits a controlling stake in a media conglomerate and begins to do business his way.

Director:

Writers:

(short story "Opera Hat"), (film Mr. Deeds Goes to Town) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Popularity
3,554 ( 786)
5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Big Daddy (1999)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A lazy law school grad adopts a kid to impress his girlfriend, but everything doesn't go as planned and he becomes the unlikely foster father.

Director: Dennis Dugan
Stars: Adam Sandler, Joey Lauren Adams, Jon Stewart
The Waterboy (1998)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A waterboy for a college football team discovers he has a unique tackling ability and becomes a member of the team.

Director: Frank Coraci
Stars: Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Henry Winkler
Happy Gilmore (1996)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house.

Director: Dennis Dugan
Stars: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen
Billy Madison (1995)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In order to inherit his fed up father's hotel empire, an immature and lazy man must repeat grades 1-12 all over again.

Director: Tamra Davis
Stars: Adam Sandler, Darren McGavin, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras
Comedy | Crime | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Prison inmates form a football team to challenge the prison guards.

Director: Peter Segal
Stars: Adam Sandler, Burt Reynolds, Chris Rock
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Two straight, single Brooklyn firefighters pretend to be a gay couple in order to receive domestic partner benefits.

Director: Dennis Dugan
Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Dave Buznik is a businessman who is wrongly sentenced to an anger-management program, where he meets an aggressive instructor.

Director: Peter Segal
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler, Marisa Tomei
Click (2006)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A workaholic architect finds a universal remote that allows him to fast-forward and rewind to different parts of his life. Complications arise when the remote starts to overrule his choices.

Director: Frank Coraci
Stars: Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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.

Director: Peter Segal
Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Robbie, a singer, and Julia, a waitress, are both engaged, but to the wrong people. Fortune intervenes to help them discover each other.

Director: Frank Coraci
Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor
Grown Ups I (2010)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After their high school basketball coach passes away, five good friends and former teammates reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Director: Dennis Dugan
Stars: Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek, Kevin James
Little Nicky (2000)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

After two of the devil's three sons escape Hell to wreak havoc on Earth, the devil must send his third son, the mild-mannered Nicky, to bring them back before it's too late.

Director: Steven Brill
Stars: Adam Sandler, Patricia Arquette, Harvey Keitel
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Marty
...
...
...
...
...
Jan
...
...
...
Buddy Ward, Kevin's Father
...
...
Tom McNulty ...
Red Parka Man
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Small town kid, big time right hook See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 June 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deeds  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,162,787, 30 June 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$126,293,452

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$171,269,535
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When Babe, pretending to be a school nurse, talks to Longfellow on the phone, she says that a boy named Billy Barty is in her office, sick. This is a tribute to actor Billy Barty, who died in 2000, three months before production started. See more »

Goofs

When Deeds is practicing the proposal with his butler, one of the candles in the center of the table hasn't been lit. During their conversation, the candle becomes lit. See more »

Quotes

[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]
See more »

Connections

References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

For He's A Jolly Good Fellow
Traditional
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
The All-Time Worst Re-Make of a Classic Film
16 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

This Adam Sandler vehicle is a re-make of a classic Frank Capra movie which originally starred Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur. Capra won his second Academy Award for Best Director for the 1936 classic. Gary Cooper received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his sincere portrayal of a simple man thrust into extraordinary circumstances. As in many of Capra's films, Cooper's character, guided by a genuine moral center and sense of compassion for those struggling through difficult economic times (the Great Depression), fights against the shallow, the insincere, and the corrupt.

This 2002 version of Mr. Deeds, directed by Steven Brill, possesses none of the charm or drama of the original. The task of updating Robert Riskin's and Clarence Kelland's Oscar-nominated script went to Timothy P. Herlihy, who received his professional break as a staff writer on "Saturday Night Live." The Oscar-winning Riskin also authored such acclaimed screenplays as "Lost Horizon," "It Happened One Night," "You Can't Take It With You," and "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers." In contrast, Herlihy has no non-Adam Sandler big-screen credits, having penned or co-authored the screenplays for "Billy Madison," "Happy Gilmour," "The Wedding Singer," "The Waterboy," "Little Nicky," and "Big Daddy." Herlihy's unfunny adaptation of the original script is therefore not surprising. Unfortunately, the direction, the script and Sandler's performance all make Longfellow Deeds' character look shallow and the character's transformation into compassionate philanthropist seems contrived. The result of this collaboration is a film which is fundamentally insincere and lacking any charm.

Do yourself a favor, and rent the DVD of the original 1936 film, and you'll see why Frank Capra and Gary Cooper were, respectively, among the greatest American directors and actors of the 20th Century.


8 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 310 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page