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Nobody goes to see an Adam Sandler movie for spiritual enrichment or
intellectual stimulation - let's get that out of the way first. Once you
accept you've paid your money to be mildly entertained in a lighthearted,
slapstick manner, strap in and enjoy the ride.
I keep hearing Sandler is a major Hollywood player these days with an equal footing as producer as he is actor (he has produced a considerable amount with fellow actor Rob Schneider - the similarly inane but funny - mostly in spite of yourself - Hot Chick being the most recent example, in which he has a cameo role and indeed, Schneider helps Sandler out in Mr Deeds) so it's hard to prove that Sandler is now typecast as a lovable fool, because it's fairly likely he chose the part himself, possibly aware that Hamlet might be a little out of his league. Sandler need only check his bank balance to see that the lovable fool is certainly a lucrative one, having made an absolute mint playing countless other characters blessed with naive charm and a heart of gold.
The story - we all know it's a remake of the classic depression-era propaganda film starring Gary Cooper, designed to lift spirits and foster a sense of community - centres around a picturesque New England town and its perenially-cheerful, smalltown inhabitants, chiefly Longfellow Deeds (Sandler), who inherits a fortune from an uncle he never knew, finds himself at the helm of a media empire and heads to the Big Apple to find out more. Here Winona Ryder steps in as the ambitious TV reporter determined to get her big scoop and dupes the affable Deeds into falling in love with her. All the time she's wearing a wire and a hidden camera to enable their courtship and his antics, sometimes drunken, sometimes heroic, to be broadcast on the evening news. Typically Deeds is the last to know and is appalled when he makes the connection. By which time Ryder's character has fallen in love herself, resigned from her job and is begging for a second chance.
Deeds' only flaw is a short fuse and this is at odds with his generous spirit, who at times could be George Bailey, James Stewart's kindly smalltown character in Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946), but this spices things up a little and allows the suspension of disbelief to continue a little longer. The number of disrespectful, foulmouthed city folk he takes out is entertaining, while not always convincing, but then times have changed and these days your average bloke doesn't think of taking a swing at a man for swearing in front of a lady (more's the pity I say).
While you could aim criticism at this and jeer at the corny lines and simplistic moral at the film's end, there is something to be cherished here. The moral of course being that money is less important than being true to yourself, and while you're at it, be nice to your neighbour. As Mother Teresa once said, kindly words are heard once but their echoes are heard for ever - Deeds' character and his deeds (pun definitely intended) themselves are echoes of another, lamentably more innocent time and it's uplifting to see this spirit so laboured in the film's remake. It's also refreshing to see this bravely recreated by the producers, who have not shied away from dealing with the film's essence in these cynical times.
It's not all sentimental Queen of Hearts stuff though. There are some hilarious, laugh-out-loud moments that counter the film's message perfectly - the helicopter ride to Manhattan where the crew and Deeds are singing 'A Space Oddity' complete with air-guitar springs to mind here - and there is the usual dose of slapstick you'd expect from a Sandler picture. The 7 flying cats rescued from a burning building by our hero is particularly memorable and as I say, I was laughing in spite of myself.
This humour compliments the film's slushy message and prevents any actual retching in the theatre - leaving the cinemagoer shuffling out content, with a smile on his face - definitely a feelgood movie. I just hope Sandler doesn't attempt It's A Wonderful Life next, I don't think the world's quite ready yet.
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Mr. Deeds, the remake of Mr. Deeds Goes To Town, Mr. Deeds Goes To Town
is an old comedy that is personally one of my favorite comedies. It's
just a wonderful film that I highly recommend you watch if you get the
chance. So Adam Sandler decided to take on that classic and make it
into his film, which honestly isn't that bad, just in comparison,
believe me then you look at it as a horrendous film. It was just one of
those movies that really didn't need a remake. But Adam Sandler did
bring his own bite to the film and just updated the story for the
younger generation that obviously never heard of the movie.
After Preston Blake freezes to death at the summit of Mount Everest with a triumphant smile on his face, a search for his heir for his successful company begins. When it is found that he has a living nephew named Longfellow Deeds who runs a pizzeria in New Hampshire, Deeds is contacted and brought to New York City by attorney & businessman Chuck Cedar. Plans are made for Deeds to sell his shares in the company to Cedar and return home $40 billion richer, but he must remain in New York for a few days as all the legal details are worked out. The story is major news, and reporter Babe Bennett, who works for a tabloid show, has a friend pretend to steal her purse in sight of Deeds, because their research indicated Deed wanted to meet a girl by saving her, the same way his father had met his mother. Deeds rescues her and she continues to go out with him under the disguise of Pam Dawson, school nurse. Though Pam initially hopes to just get a good story on the new heir, she eventually falls for the kind-hearted Deeds while realizing that all she's done is lie to him and wants to be with him. Chuck is also up to no good in wanting to take over the company from Deeds and doesn't have the best intentions.
Mr. Deeds has a few funny moments, even though it was incredibly immature, I do have to admit that I got a kick out of the scene where Longfellow shows off his frostbite foot and tells the servant to hit it with the fire poker, and screams to freak him out, yeah, it's something that most little brothers would do to their older sibling, but it still got a laugh. Wynonia Rider was actually pretty good in the film, she was very adorable, but her chemistry wasn't exactly on key with Sandler, not her fault, just I wasn't feeling it too much in the film. Over all the film is worth the look if you see it on TV, but otherwise, I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to see the movie.
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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Spoilers ahead, probably. The movie is simply awful, diseased and ridden
with more fleas than Hennie Youngman's long dead one-liner underpants.
Sharpton is hilarious to laugh at, except at the mercy of these writers.
HOW DO YOU MAKE AL SHARPTON UNFUNNY? John Turturro, John McEnroe, Steve
Buscemi -- all talents (and funny!) drained by this vampiric script.
reeks from every orifice here, from the greeting card "bits" (what else
call them?) to the hackneyed physical stuff. Thoughts:
--what's with Sandler's dubbed voice over Murph? when will someone tell this idiot that he can't do "funny voices"? HE CAN'T EVEN MANAGE HIS OWN RIDICULOUS VOICE.
--get 40 billion dollars, toss $25k at a random couple in a restaurant, $40k for used bikes, rent MSG for a night: the writers didn't even bother to stop drinking long enough to come up with ONE cool thing to do with a massive fortune. HOW DO YOU MAKE BREWSTERS MILLIONS LOOK LIKE CINEMATIC GENIUS?
--since when does nice mean RETARDED?
--if smalltownville is so great, why's it full of psychos, dullards and freaks of nature? (the self-defeating premise of doom)
--didn't realize Ryder couldn't act. Hmmmm. much like Sandler, has been delivering the same performance again and again since onset of career
--trying to show off how much you researched the bumblefunk towns of the northeast? WICKED lame.
--Stephen King is scary jokes?
--how tiny do you have to be down under to make yourself into a phony physical tough guy in every movie? i mean, does anyone actually believe that sandler can "beat the crap" out of anyone else?
--on what network do you find a moustachioed limeystralian foreigner hosting an American television show?
--sandler and romance::pasta and nuclear chunks. it's (unintentionally) funny that the premise also includes the phony "sandler could get someone if he didn't have money subplot"...can this guy even get dates as a movie star? THIS is a leading man?
--peter gallagher's eyebrows, bald guy's beard, everyone's performance -- SADISM.
--french fries and oreo's on pizza? hooooeeee! that guy is mad cap. same guy that gives the hero the turning point plot exposition in the end. while you're at it, why don't you land the helicopter at Wendy's? yeee haw. they're out of control.
--OMG the torrent of lost jokes on the JETS. ye gods, what a real writer could have done with them...
--Yes, like any sensible American, I found myself actually rooting for the ice on the lake to win after the egregiously fat woman didn't have the cajones to finish the job
I am making travel arrangements to hollywood to personally get my money back from these thieves. Time permitting, will torture them for 90-odd minutes by making them watch....well, Little Nicky comes to mind... ;)
How they got THAT movie out of the beloved classic "Mr Deeds Goes to Town",
I'll never know. The only similarity is in the name of the lead
Everybody overacted their role, and acted as stupid as possible. There wasn't enough relationship development between Winona's character and Deeds. In the *real* Mr Deeds (goes to town), the reporter and Deeds actually do establish a relationship.
Just rent or buy the real dvd to the classic movies. If you're not afraid of real movies that don't have sex, toilet jokes, animal abuse, then you'll love the real thing. This production of Mr. Deeds is a joke.
Check under "Mr Deeds Goes to Town" in imdb.
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.
Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler) is a small town guy who is taken to the
big city when he learns he has an inheritance of $40 billion from a
long lost uncle. He has to adjust to life in a Palatial Mansion with a
personal butler, and he meets a beautiful school nurse (Winona Ryder);
but its not long before the money begins to change everything, and he
learns things are not what they seem.
This remake is not without plenty of laughs, but it never quite manages to do anything thats truly hilarious or new. For a bit of fun its worth a watch, but it's one of those films that you will forget about pretty quickly.
6/10 its just average i'm afraid
When I heard about this movie I thought it was going to be one of those
great movies that make you laugh like crazy. Of course I was wrong,
this movie can make you laugh in some moments, but it's kinda of
Well, were to begin, this movie is about a good guy that lives in a small town. This guy is loved by everyone because he always do good things for them, and of course, he is very funny with those poems (or at least in the movie because I didn't laughed).
Now, if someone on your family died and he left you 40 billion dollars, how would you react? I would run like crazy, yell many things, be happy. In this movie, when those two guys told LongFellow about that he was distracted thinking if someone was police or not, that's scary stuff, no one could be distracted if he had 40 billion dollars.
Then let's talk of how he spent the money, like an idiot, he bought two bicycles at 20 thousand dollars. Then in one scene in the restaurant he sees two guys having some dinner, and just because he is a good guy he gives them 20 thousand dollars.
Then let's talk about our good friend LongFellow Deeds, a good friendly guy that can easily make friends, that can spend so much money in fool stuffs, that makes weird poems very fast, whatever.
To be honest this movie sucks, even if I saw it on TV I want my hours back. And what about the ending, always the same thing, that the villain is about to win, immediately someone appears, tells something and the villain is beaten, then that Deeds gets at least a billion dollars and spends it on buying to everyone a red car.
This movie receives a: 1/10 Because it sucks
On the outside MR. DEEDS looks like another predictable remake, with
absolutely nothing new to offer. On the inside, you guessed right. It has
next to no substance, no creativity, almost to the point where you can
predict the entire fate of the movie a quarter of the way in. My best friend
and I did so and were not surprised. But we did enjoy the movie. The
characters are all a delight, in a childish way. And it did have its
Multi-millionaire tycoon dies, leaves his grand-nephew the fortune.
Adam Sandler repeats many things that he did in other movies, with different characters, situations, etc. But for a remake, this is a fairly good one and a better outing for the star compared to LITTLE NICKY. The new version of SPACE ODDITY was cute, if not from left field. A good renter though it may not appeal to everyone.
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(most of the spoilers will probably refer to the original 1936 film, so
don't read on if you plan to watch that version).
I saw the original recently and enjoyed it. I was then forced to watch the Adam Sandler version recently on a bus trip. I admit I was prejudiced. I don't generally like Adam Sandler's sophomoric "humor". And I normally think remakes are a bad idea (unless there is something that needs to be updated, removal of racism, sexism or improving on aspects that couldn't be done in the original). However, having liked the original and being a fan of Winona Ryder I gave it a chance.
The only "updating" it really got was to include more stupid humor (bouncing cats), more swearing and flipping off.
The entire point of the original film -- which stresses the disparity of the Great Depression vs. the obscenely rich was completely cut out! I saw this film as a chance to comment on our current society's economic disparity where under Bush Jrs' administration the rich are getting WAY richer and the middle class is becoming poor and the poor are just totally screwed. There is no understanding of this in this film. There is no social commentary (apart from some jabs at Entertainment "news" shows.)
Even when Adam Sandler's Deeds tries to help people he just gives the money to one group he seems to select out of the area (not to say they're not worthy) - but the point of the first film was that he reaches out and tries to individually help as many people as he can.
The movie is not just about one guy who is not greedy, it's also supposed to be about social responsibility. This movie weeded that out and replaced that with moronic/simplistic jokes instead.
I also did not understand why this simple nice guy was so violent. This wasn't one justified punch this was pummeling some guy nearly to death and various other disturbing recurrent fights.
I'm also docking it for featuring product placement (wendy's, corvettes, etc)
Buscemi, Torturro & Ryder gave fine performances for what they were given but they should be ashamed for having helped make this film.
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