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Overall Rating
2.46

Awesome: 15%
Worth A Look: 16%
Average: 12%
Pretty Bad: 14%
Total Crap43%

6 reviews, 64 user ratings


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Mr. Deeds
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by Robert Collins

"Mr. Deeds: This Year's Big Daddy. (No, That's NOT Good.)"
1 stars

Adam Sandler is critic-proof. Most of the people who go to watch his movies are not the kind who will painstakingly read several reviews and decide whether to watch the movie based on its merits according to the writers. If you're reading this review, you are most likely just looking for a laugh in hopes that I will come up with clever ways to slander Sandler's latest godforsaken work. And, by some lucky chance you haven't yet but are considering to spend nine dollars on this piece of shit, then please, please, for your sake, as well as that of the movie industry, don't go and see this pitiful excuse for a movie.

The plot in a nutshell? Adam Sandler is a very fortunate buffoon, boorish and juvenile, who gains far more money than most people will ever even dream. And so is his character, Longfellow Deeds. But, of course, that is the Adam Sandler archetype: a goofy, occasionally near-retarded and often brutish character with a penchant for shouting, usually at strangers, and a mean streak the size of the Panama Canal, all of which is used effectively in but one of his movies, Happy Gilmore. Only in The Wedding Singer and Little Nicky (two of his better works) has Sandler ever proved capable of playing a character not fitting of this description.

Adam Sandler also views himself as a romantic apparently, since every one of his movies has a female counterpart who inexplicably falls in love with his passive-aggressive personas, the only one of which is anywhere near the range of believability is The Wedding Singer. In this case, Wynona Ryder is the romantic interest, present to add some sentimentality to the movie and remind us constantly that she cannot deliver a punchline. (Though she succeeds in both, the aforementioned sentimentality only drags the movie down even further.) Although pleasant to look upon (especially with those blonde curls), she and Mr. Sandler have exactly zero chemistry together.

A compelling argument could be made that Mr. Deeds exists solely for the purpose of giving Rob Schneider a job, recreating the role he had in Big Daddy in a cameo whose only good point is that it's mercifully short. And Steve Buscemi has possibly the most embarrassing and pointless role (besides an elderly butler whose only line is the word "boob" and an opera singer who professes he has "shat himself") as a madman named Crazy Eyes, who, as you probably could have guessed, does indeed have crazy eyes. Save for John Turturro's desperate but unsuccessful attempt to breathe life into this humus mound of a film as a "very sneaky" butler, there is not a solitary performance worthy of note. But, of course, being an Adam Sandler comedy, that's to be expected. (Did Buscemi and Turturro have a falling out with the Coens?)

Mr. Deeds is supposedly a remake of a Frank Capra classic of a similar name, but where Capra's old-fashioned moral storytelling once was, we instead receive the obligatory Sandler karaoke scene. Though they share the same plot (country bumpkin is heir to recently deceased relative and receives a substantial amount of money), the premise in Sandler's version is actually used to a very minimal extent; rather, Sandler gets drunk with tennis player John McEnroe and throws eggs at passing vehicles, Sandler saves flaming cats by throwing them from a upper-level building that's aflame, and Sandler punches football players, editorialists, opera singers, and businessmen in the face with equal enthusiasm. Now that's high-concept film-making.

Furthermore, there is not a single laugh to be had throughout the entire movie. More laughs could be had by reading the next Publisher's Clearing House letter you receive that incessantly insists you're a winner than the entire screenplay of Mr. Deeds. The resultant trash is lazy, laughable (in the bad way), and entirely charmless. The simple absence of anything remotely funny is Mr. Deeds' fatal flaw. I haven't seen a comedy so utterly devoid of laughs since last year's sickeningly awful Rat Race, which was basically based off It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Whoa. Is anybody else seeing a trend here?

Adam Sandler is capable, now and again, of some pretty funny stuff. This, I must reiterate, is not anything even close to being considered "funny stuff." The highest praise I can muster is that, thanks to Mr. Turturro, it avoids being mentioned alongside Big Daddy as a sign of the constant, and quickening, deterioration of Western society. But, still, no matter how many bad things I have to say about the monstrosity that is Mr. Deeds, I'm just relieved Adam Sandler didn't choose to adapt Arsenic and Old Lace to his unique comedy stylings.

That really would have pissed me off.

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User Comments

6/22/10 RLan An enjoyable romantic comedy 4 stars
8/28/08 Shaun Wallner Sandler makes some great films! 5 stars
12/15/07 Pamela White cute but not Sandlers best 4 stars
5/20/07 fools♫gold Recycled, and/but not well. 1/5 or 2/5 (but better than the new Casino Royale). 1 stars
2/12/07 johnnyfog Tuturro was pretty good though 1 stars
7/08/06 NS It was funny, I like Winona Ryder 4 stars
4/02/06 Dk Good for laughs 3 stars
2/24/06 Anthony Feor Not Sandlers finest hour 3 stars
6/18/05 Jeff Anderson A completely insulting & disgraceful remake to a great film! Unfunny & just plain terrible. 1 stars
6/07/05 JD I like Sandler but this was totally not funny and boring, a waste of time. 1 stars
2/21/05 Dan Funny!!! 5 stars
2/02/05 Charlie Pure Crap, Filtered Crap, Organic Crap... CRAP! 2 stars
1/28/05 Jack Scallops A nice Adam is not an unfuuny one. 4 stars
7/20/04 Kieran Insted of explainin how crap that revuw woz im just gunna do this: u suck u suck u suck u s 5 stars
2/15/04 Jingo P. Would have been great as a comedy. 1 stars
12/06/03 bender Worst editing ever. Also a very humorless film, save for John Turturro. 2 stars
11/28/03 Samuel A very good film!!! 5 stars
11/11/03 christian gonzales i think the movie is awsome 5 stars
7/20/03 amy Sandlar was brilliant as always!! 4 stars
7/15/03 pero very good movie-well done adam 5 stars
5/22/03 bighead huey how the hell can this dull, tasteless dumass be called a comedian?! 1 stars
5/15/03 Tom Fleeman Not one of Sandlers best, but it still had its moments. 4 stars
3/27/03 Jack Sommersby A passable good time. 3 stars
2/24/03 footlicker tim taylor, please kill yourself. good movie - i also love feet. 4 stars
2/22/03 Jon nothing special 3 stars
1/04/03 artemishia SOMEONE MAKE SANDLER STOOOOPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
1/04/03 John Aster Habig sandloer should keep herlihy as a writer and stick to romcoms 5 stars
11/24/02 Colin Selby WOEFUL.WHAT WERE THEY THINKING 1 stars
11/19/02 Jeremey Conkle very sneaky sneaky sir! funny as hell!!!! loved this movie 5 stars
11/17/02 Tim Taylor Would rather pound my nut sacks with a hammer, than watch again! 1 stars
11/11/02 Chiendog A river of liquid shit. The best joke is Sandler's $20 million salary(!). 1 stars
11/09/02 Simon Boak Not many films make me laugh out loud, but this one did. 5 stars
11/07/02 Tell Shit Like Shit Is Not farcical enough for Sandler to quite fit in it; Winona steals every scene. 4 stars
10/30/02 Lauren O'Neill it was a spectacular film and i'm one of dams biggest fans 5 stars
10/24/02 Fred Ruiz Sandler is a genius. Macenroe is fucking awesome. 5 stars
10/21/02 Steph Same old Adam Sandler movie formula-him trying to prove himself to a girl he wants to fuck 2 stars
9/20/02 ajay what the hell happened?@! 2 stars
9/17/02 paul johnson i agree totally 1 stars
9/12/02 laron chapman one of adam sandlers funniest films forget what everyone else says. 5 stars
9/10/02 John McNew Sandler's had better days 2 stars
8/29/02 Dean I was hopeing for a funnier film. Same Sandler antics. 1 stars
8/19/02 Mr. Hat (I'm Back!) What the fuck are you guys talking about? This was funny as hell! 5 stars
8/18/02 Craig In the afterlife, I hope Gary Cooper beats Sandler's ass! 1 stars
8/04/02 Edler I'd rather drink a bucket of diarhea than sit through this! 1 stars
7/21/02 SpeedDemon It was an awesome movie. Any one who didnt like it is quite dumb. 5 stars
7/19/02 Sklorsh Gets the 2nd star only because I like Sandler. But this movie SUCKED! 2 stars
7/19/02 gary vidmar Sandler is a comedy genius, and this movie proves it! 5 stars
7/16/02 JesseL Worst Adam Sandler movie ever made 1 stars
7/14/02 siro I did not enjoy this film.... 2 stars
7/11/02 Kristen I want a refund! 1 stars
7/09/02 King Richard *grabing groin* I've got your Mr. Deeds right here!! 1 stars
7/09/02 iambubby I give it half a ball-sack... 1 stars
7/08/02 Sheila Evans Fell out of tree? Hooey! She was on trial for shoplifting when her arm got broken! 4 stars
7/08/02 sandy i love adam sandler but this totally sucks! 1 stars
7/08/02 Jennifer So bad and boring that my friend and i got up and left 1 stars
7/05/02 Joe Bacon No words can describe this trip to the Fertilizer Factory 1 stars
7/02/02 Film Guy Not Adam Sandlers best effort At all. 3 stars
6/30/02 Eric Carpenter Terrible Crap. So, normal Sandler fare 1 stars
6/30/02 Sandler hater Adam Sandler sucks!!!! All of his movies are crap. 1 stars
6/29/02 ajay typical sandler, plot sucks balls but the supporting characters are great. 2 stars
6/29/02 Anarchy Azmi watch happy gilmore instead... 1 stars
6/29/02 Veronica Foxx I genuinely like Sandler; many of his movies are good, but enough with this same shit. 3 stars
6/28/02 Law much better than Big Daddy 4 stars
6/28/02 Mr Math Depressingly bad. I used to love Sandler, but he's a fucking sell-out. 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  28-Jun-2002 (PG-13)

UK
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Australia
  22-Aug-2002


Directed by
  Steven Brill

Written by
  Tim Herlihy

Cast
  Adam Sandler
  Winona Ryder
  Peter Gallagher
  John Turturro
  Jared Harris
  Steve Buscemi



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