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Mr. Deeds (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 28 June 2002 (USA)
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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Don't let the fancy clothes fool you. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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

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28 June 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$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
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Trivia

Early posters and some newspaper ads feature an unnamed elderly butler instead of John Turturro's character. See more »

Goofs

When one of the helicopter pilots turns round to face Deeds, his lips move briefly as thought he is talking, but we don't hear him say anything. 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]
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References Big Daddy (1999) See more »

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Soda Shop Queen
Written and Performed by Stuart Grusin
Courtesy of Turner Network Television
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Stick With Capra's Version Instead.
12 December 2002 | by 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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