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28 Days (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 14 April 2000 (USA)
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A big-city newspaper columnist is forced to enter a drug and alcohol rehab center after ruining her sister's wedding and crashing a stolen limousine.

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Betty Thomas

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Susannah Grant
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Bullock ... Gwen Cummings
Viggo Mortensen ... Eddie Boone
Dominic West ... Jasper
Elizabeth Perkins ... Lily
Azura Skye ... Andrea
Steve Buscemi ... Cornell
Alan Tudyk ... Gerhardt
Mike O'Malley ... Oliver (as Michael O'Malley)
Marianne Jean-Baptiste ... Roshanda
Reni Santoni ... Daniel
Diane Ladd ... Bobbie Jean
Margo Martindale ... Betty
Susan Krebs ... Evelyn
Loudon Wainwright III ... Guitar Guy
Katie Scharf ... Young Gwen
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Storyline

New York based writer Gwen Cummings knows that she drinks a lot but doesn't believe it's a problem, and if she decides that it is an issue that she could stop drinking on her own. She and her live-in boyfriend Jasper fuel each other's hyperactivity with this excessive alcohol consumption, "a normal life" is not in either's vocabulary. Between Gwen and her older straight-laced sister Lily, Gwen more closely resembles their larger than life mother, who was also an alcoholic and who died because of that when they were children. Lily believes that Gwen's addictions makes her a difficult if not impossible person to love. While Gwen is in a drunken stupor at Lily's wedding, Gwen causes one issue after another, ruining the day for Lily. Gwen is forced to examine her drinking with the culmination of bad events she caused at the wedding, leading to her being court ordered to enter into rehab or jail for twenty-eight days, which is only marginally more tolerable an idea to her than the ... Written by Huggo

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The Life of the Party... before she got a life.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving substance abuse, language and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

28 días See more »

Filming Locations:

Asheville, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$43,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,310,672, 16 April 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,170,488

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,198,945
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During filming in New York, Sandra Bullock stayed in Dennis Hopper's apartment. See more »

Goofs

The sign Cornell makes for Gwen to wear is not the same sign she is later wearing. The handwriting is different. See more »

Quotes

Jasper: No one adult human being is happy! People are born, they have a limited amount of time going around thinking life is dandy but then, inevitably, tragedy strikes and they realise life equals loss! The whole point of the game is to minimise the pain caused by that equation! Now some people do it by having kids, or making money, or taking up coin collecting, and others do it by getting wasted.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits a scene is shown where a new patient is arriving at rehab. The new patient is the actor playing Falcon in the soap Santa Cruz which is the favorite of both Eddie Boone and Andrea. Eddie Boone asks Falcon for an autograph. See more »

Alternate Versions

TV version changes Gerhardt's greatest wish. In the original it is to have his foreskin back, this is changed to wishing for an 'Abba (I)' box set. See more »

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References A Cry in the Dark (1988) See more »

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Come Softly to Me
(1959)
Written by Gretchen Christopher, Barbara Ellis and Gary Troxel
Performed by NRBQ
Courtesy of Rounder Records
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slick but occasionally enjoyable flick
28 May 2001 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

There comes a time in the career of every performer identified mainly with lightweight romantic comedy roles to take the plunge into more serious acting challenges – in the hopes that we will see beyond his or her pretty face and into the heart of the great actor that resides within. And strangely enough, many of these actors and actresses choose the same exact route to accomplish this feat – that of portraying a person heavily addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. This was the case with, for instance, Meg Ryan in `When a Man Loves a Woman' and Michael J. Fox in `Bright Lights, Big City' to name just a few. Now we have Sandra Bullock attempting to stretch her thespian muscles by portraying an alcoholic in `28 Days,' the tale of a young woman's experiences in a detox center located in a bucolic suburb of New York City.

One of the initial problems with such films is that casting such well-known faces in these parts automatically ends up conferring a bit too much glamour on the situation. And `28 Days' is no exception. It's hard to accept Bullock as a particularly credible person in this role. Still, the movie is generally watchable because it manages to make the people and the rituals at the center seem both utterly addled and emotionally endearing all at the same time. When Bullock – feisty, close-minded, smug in her sense of superiority - first arrives after being ordered to the center as a part of her probation, we are as appalled as she is by the touch-feely nature of what is going on there. If anything could keep one from becoming an addict, the threat of being sent to a place like this would just about do it. But then, as the various characters begin to open up and reveal themselves as true hurting individuals, we, like the Bullock character, begin to be won over. But even these people aren't given enough screen time to really grow into fully-rounded, complex characters in their own right.

The film never entirely breaks out of its TV-movie formula. We are treated to all the standard plot devices common to the genre: the inevitable overdose by one of the patients, romantic interludes with a professional baseball player, the clashes between the latter and Bullock's troublemaking boyfriend. One of the problems with glossy studies of addiction such as this one is that, more often than not, we are led to believe that the `cure' is a permanent one – not necessarily because the film shows us that (in fact, it makes a few nods in the direction of showing that it ISN'T always permanent) but because the two-hour time frame and the audience demand for a hopeful, upbeat ending inadvertently leave us with that impression. To be fair to the film, it doesn't tie up all the loose ends into a nice pretty package. We are given cause for hope, but the open-ended nature of the final scenes suggests properly that the struggle will go on.

`28 Days' is a film with its heart in the right place. In fact our own hearts go out to it, to Ms. Bullock, to all those involved in its making. We realize that it is difficult to make a film that, on the one hand, yearns to be an uncompromising study of a subject as gritty as this one, yet, on the other, feels the need to appeal to as wide a mass audience as possible. The result, unfortunately, is a film that is too lightweight to be taken seriously, too `entertaining' to be real.


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