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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

It is indeed a pleasure to watch Mr. Deeds, Sandler style; Turturro is magnificent

Author: Amy Adler from Toledo, Ohio
26 November 2007

Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler) lives in the small town of Mandrake Falls, New Hampshire, where he runs the local pizza parlor. His real ambition, however, is to write verse for Hallmark's greeting cards. Yet, so far, every rhyme he has sent them has been rejected. That does not matter to the townies, who love hearing Deeds recite his poems at the restaurant. One day, a billionaire (Howard Keel) dies on top of Mount Everest. He leaves no will, making it necessary for his huge company to seek out any heirs. You guessed it, Deeds is a long-lost nephew who inherits a boatload of dough. The company manager, Chuck (Peter Gallagher) wants to give Deeds 42 billion to sell his stock shares back to him. Deeds agrees at first. But, once he gets to his uncle's posh Manhattan mansion where servant Emilio (John Turturro) waits on him hand and foot, Deeds has second thoughts. Not only that, but he meets a beautiful local lady named Pam (Winona Ryder) and he is enchanted by her. But, beware, Deeds. Pam is really a reporter named Babe who is out to get dirt on him. And, are there indeed secrets to uncover? Who will end up with the money? This is really a sunny film for a rainy day. It is lighthearted fun with an absolutely terrific cast. Sandler is quite funny, of course, but John Turturro steals every one of his scenes with a performance that should have garnered him an Oscar. It's THAT good, yes. Ryder, Steve Buscemi, Gallagher, and many others are true delights as well. Then, too, the film looks amazing, from the costumes to the sets and beyond. It appears that no expense was spared and the result is a lovely-to-look-at film, too. Finally, the script is imaginative and humorous, making the viewer chuckle and grin nonstop. Do you, indeed, want a film to vanquish the blues after a rough day? You could, truly, find no better remedy than this one.

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8 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Sandler Has Done Better!

Author: g-bodyl from United States
28 December 2008

This is the movie that Adam Sandler did the worst(the ones that I seen) and I still liked this film enough to write a positive review. The story is a remake from the 1936 version with Gary Cooper. Sandler plays Longfellow Deeds, a nice person with many friends. His uncle dies and he leaves forty billion dollars to his nephew, Deeds. Deeds travels to New York City to sign some papers. While in New York, he meets this beautiful woman. Little does he know that she is a reporter, not a school nurse. The script/storyline/jokes are bearable, but are better with most Sandler movies. I laughed a few times during the movie. Adam Sandler did a great job acting. Winona Ryder is a bit shaky in this role. John Turturro is hilarious as the butler who just sneaks up on everyone. I also have to mention Steve Buscemi as Crazy Eyes. That is what you call good comedy(referring to Crazy Eyes). There are some great songs to listen in this film. Overall, this is a good film but Sandler has done better films. I rate this movie 8/10.

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8 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

See Ryder kiss Sandler!

Author: George Parker from Orange County, CA USA
23 October 2002

"Mr. Deeds" tells of a wacky, naive small town guy, Mr. Deeds (Sandler), with little respect for fame or fortune who inherits $40 billion and has to deal with the responsibilities and media attention which accompanies his inheritance. Ryder plays a tv producer after the inheritance story who happens to fall in love with the Sandler character, something which pushes this flick from romantic-comedy into the realm of fantasy or sci-fi. In spite of its hard-to-swallow romantic side plot, the film offers nonstop in-your-face silliness and nonsense which should make it a fun watch for fans into Sandler's brand of deadpan kookie comedy. Non-Sandler fans can expect a lukewarm result. (C+)

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11 out of 21 people found the following review useful:

Could have been better

Author: DunnDeeDaGreat from Woodbridge, VA
28 June 2002

Mr. Deeds doesn't suck it just could have been funnier. All the reviews have said the funny parts are in the trailer which is true. Adam Sandler is normally funny when he plays an avergae joe but I dunno what happened here. I guess the main problem is the script.

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13 out of 25 people found the following review useful:

Predictable in a good way.

Author: Rob Deschenes ( from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
22 November 2002

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 moments.

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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Author: ElBanna-Aly from Somalia
21 March 2014

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This 2002 romantic comedy, featuring Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler) is about a humble guy who doesn't care about money. However, when his rich family member dies, he inherits a very big fortune - inspiring him to do business his way.

It all starts when Preston Blake, a very wealthy media figure, dies with no close family, such as a wife or a child, leaving Longfellow Deeds to inherit forty billion dollars. As Deeds sets to New York to claim his inheritance, Preston Blake's former business partners, Cecil Anderson (Erick Avari) and Chuck Cedar (Peter Gallagher) pretend to show him his way into New York city as they as they hatch a plan to try to scam him out of his inheritance.

In the meantime, the producer of a local news station wants to get headlines on what Deeds plans to do with the money. So he comes up with the perfect plan:he will use the beautiful Babe Bennet (Winona Ryder) to seduce Deeds while she is "wired for sound". Her job is to convince Deeds that she is a small town girl just like him. Deeds quickly falls in love with her, while his affection is authentic; hers is not. He also acts antsy "to defend her with his fists", which gets him in trouble with the press.

As Deeds becomes the laughing stock of New York thanks to Bennet's bogus stories, Cedar and Anderson think they have found a devious plan to swindle his money. In a dramatic conclusion, Babe Bennet realizes that she loves Deeds and confesses to him. Deeds interrupts a meeting, that is set to liquidate the company, by giving a hearty surprise speech.In a sudden turn of events, it comes to light that his servant, Emilio Lopez (John Turturro),was the originally intended heir to Preston Blake's fortune.

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Small Town, meet City. …City, stop laughing, that's not nice.

Author: Grann-Bach ( from Denmark
11 November 2009

I have not watched any of the earlier incarnations, or read the short story. And yet I feel fairly confident in saying that this is not the best version of the idea. It's an old concept… as long as the two sizes(and the distinction between them) of communities have existed, they've been making fun of each other, thinking that they're smarter than the other, etc. And it should be easy enough to come up with good jokes and gags relating to that conflict. Not sure why this manages so few of them. Why Sandler? Am I the only one who doesn't think his typical role equals your average guy that every young male can relate to? Are we supposed to go around beating up everybody, particularly those who deserve it the least, in some cases causing permanent damage? Musta missed that class. He can act, and he does show it in this, occasionally. So can Rider. Ferrell is great, as usual. Most of the performances are. Except the kids, they are quite irritating(and in other news, Earth is actually round). The material is what you'd expect, so if you like Adam, you may enjoy it. Editing and cinematography are fine. So's pacing. The plot is OK, but there aren't really any surprises to be found. Perhaps there is a little heart to this, however, it seems phony. There is potentially disturbing "comical" violence in this, as well as mild to moderate language. The DVD holds an informative audio commentary with the director and the writer, three well-done featurettes, six greeting cards, a bunch of deleted scenes, outtakes, trailers and a music video. I recommend this to fans of those who made it. 6/10

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Meh, Not as bad as people say it is, but not worth paying $$$ for, catch it on TBS

Author: silver_streek9 from Canada
15 July 2007

I thought this movie had potential at first, but kinda just died out. Adam Sander was OK, nothing spectacular but played a good role. This is a movie you definitely want to catch on TV for FREE, and not pay for.

It was funny at times, but there was something that was missing, i think the story wasn't that bad it just kinda needed to be funnier If you want cheap laughs and a bit of Romance this is your movie

If your and Adam Sander fan i worth seeing. He is funny at times and kind of liked his nice attitude, but he still had his edge, never understand him and beating up people in movies.

For me This was the movie that has started a downhill for Adam Sander his last few movies( click, Spanglish) just hasn't worked for me, he just seems like the same actor every movie, except he might a little "nice" into some movies.

Big Sandler Fan, but he needs to pull a happy Gilmore out of his back side, because my interest in his work is fading........

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It's not what you've got in the bank that matters

Author: mdm-11 from United States
11 September 2005

Adam Sandler in another formula feel-good romantic comedy. As a simple guy in a New England Hicks-Town, Sandler is loved by all the towns-folk for his cheerful disposition and his magical way of always wanting to help people out. When he is snatched away from his little piece of Paradise to accept a 40 billion dollar inheritance from a media tycoon in NYC, a snowball-effect of events starts to roll.

Vaguely similar to Steve Martin's "The Jerk", but sadly quite predictable and far fetched. Many side-gags for pop-culture buffs are included. The best ones are a take on "Mr. French" and references to the Sunday Funny Papers. The frequent "appearing/disappearing act" of the butler character at first is spooky, but works well with the surprise at the end.

The final scene (I won't give it away) is a cute way of showing how much Deeds wants to help out the little people. Some of the "cut scenes" are hilarious, although some (like the pizza delivery) are a bit risqué. Otherwise, this is a safe bet for all ages. A very pleasant film.

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deceiving viewing the cast

Author: ggregg from Belgium
18 July 2003

a very little bit funny (when mr. deeds knocks someone else by mistake, for example). but the story is forgotten the day after. winona ryder probably needed money to pay her trials (i know it's not kind of me but that's my fair thought).

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