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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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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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Winona Ryder broke her arm in the scene where she and Adam Sandler are riding bikes down the stairs. See more »


When Deeds and Pam are by the water fountain, Pam's mic appears and disappears several times. 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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Spoofs Big Daddy (1999) See more »


Where Are You Going
Written by Dave Matthews (as David J. Matthews)
Produced by Steve Harris
Performed by Dave Matthews Band
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label, a unit of BMG Music
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Very Funny But ..........
20 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This, once again, has most of the earmarks of modern-day comedies: tons of sexual innuendos, lots of good laughs but many of them out of questionable lines or behavior, and a stupid, rushed ending that tries to make all the good guys win and the bad guys lose. The latter is fine

  • I want the good guys to prevail - but they way they go about it is


I did think this movie had a little softer edge than most other blatantly-low class "Something About Mary/American Pie"-type comedies of today however. I guess what I am saying is this isn't as in-your-face type offensive most of the rest are.

Of course, Adam Sandler is playing the low-key Gary Cooper role of Mr. Deeds from the 1940s, so he's not the high-strung Happy Gilmore type here, although he does get violent at times. Winona Ryder plays the love interest, a tabloid low-moral reporter who is reformed by the amiable Mr. Deeds. She's not believable at all and one can see one reason she isn't much of star actress anymore. It isn't just her real-life problems. She's pretty and she's okay in the role but something's missing in her acting.

The real star of the film is John Turturro, as the Spanish butler. He's funny in about every scene he's in and he's a guy everyone roots for here.

In summary, it's a pretty nice film, with a number of laugh-out-loud scenes, but it's still a long way from the Gary Cooper-Barabara Stanwyck classic film version, at least in terms of an aw-shucks wholesome hero. This film just doesn't have the heart and soul of the original, because it's more concerned with cheap laughs than a moral message. Still, it has its funny moments and I found worth watching.

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