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28 Days
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by EricDSnider

"Tragically, there are no zombies in this film."
3 stars

Triumph over alcoholism is either uplifting or funny, depending on how it's played. "28 Days" hedges its bets, playing it somewhere in between, succeeding at neither angle, and coming off as slight, frothy and quasi-meaningful -- a "lite" movie if ever there was one.

Sandra Bullock, once America's sweetheart, plays the drunk-off-her-butt Gwen Cummings. In the opening sequence, Gwen and her boyfriend, Jasper (Dominic West), ruin Gwen's sister's wedding, after which Gwen steals the limousine and smashes it into a house.

The mean old judge sentences her to 28 days of re-hab, which she is not happy about; after all, she doesn't really have a problem with drinking, or with popping whatever those pills are that Jasper smuggles in for her. She enters the Ford Clinic, while the audience enters the Bored Clinic. (Thank you! I'll be here all week.)

At the re-hab center, she meets the motley assortment of folks addicted to stuff that you'd expect her to meet, as well as a staff that is sometimes helpful, sometimes adversarial -- again, just as you'd expect. Call it "Girl, Inebriated." (There's two! Good night!)

Gwen superficially learns about others' problems, and apparently goes through some personal journey of her own, though we were for some reason not made privy to it. All we know is, when the 28 days are up, she gets out and doesn't drink anymore. Good for her, but how did she GET to that point?

The film's uneven tone is a problem: Are we supposed to be laughing or crying? Certainly a film can make us do both; the trouble here is that some things make half the audience laugh uncomfortably, while the other half thinks the film is being serious. And I honestly don't know which one they were going for.

There's a running joke that is clearly meant to be funny, in which the nurse announces over the P.A. system the subject of that night's lecture. ("How Many Brain Cells Did I Kill Last Night?" and "What's Wrong with Celebrating Sobriety by Getting Drunk?" are two.) But another element, the inability of the vaguely foreign, vaguely gay Gerhardt (Alan Tudyk) to express himself, could be very heart-wrenching if half the audience weren't laughing at it. Which maybe is what they're supposed to be doing; again, the film does not make it clear how seriously it's taking its own subject matter.

Bullock is aggressively generic as Gwen. She gives her no depth, no soul, and very little personality. When she starts to fall for fellow 12-stepper Eddie (Viggo Mortensen), our main reaction is, "Hmm. Well, that's nice. How much longer is this movie?"

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User Comments

2/02/13 David Hollingsworth Pretty great! 4 stars
12/15/07 Pamela White sandra makes an addict movie funny 4 stars
5/09/07 David Pollastrini Boooooring! 2 stars
10/07/06 William Goss Tonally uneven dramedy that stumbles about like a, well, drunk and never finds its footing. 2 stars
8/17/05 ES One funny line agood movie does not make= Bullock please stop! 1 stars
6/19/04 Phil M. Aficionado It's not really a good film in some ways. How come I liked it? Sandra, maybe. 4 stars
12/10/03 Samuel not much! 2 stars
7/08/03 Pam Good movie, acting and story line. 4 stars
3/15/03 arwen oddstar the only bad thing was her alchoholism was pinned on everything but herself. 5 stars
9/02/02 movie guy greay 5 stars
8/15/02 I Can't Swim See 'Requiem for a Dream' for the reality; see this for the Hallmark version of addiction 1 stars
5/15/02 Blake This movie teaches about where people will end up if they drink and do drugs 5 stars
3/02/02 Xaver Good story...lightweight drama...some good humor 3 stars
2/12/02 Butterbean Just a sweet movie that wasn't as bad as people make it out to be 4 stars
2/08/02 Regurja Tate Sandra Bullock at her worst (saying a lot!) Title not movie's length; just seems that way. 1 stars
8/30/01 Gary Sandra really needs to stop digging any deeper. 2 stars
6/23/01 Justin Cheung Totally enjoyed it! Nuff said. 5 stars
4/23/01 X By-the-numbers rehab drama with cliches up the wazoo. Viggo rises above it at times 2 stars
10/05/00 terry c average movie made better by bullock 3 stars
10/03/00 Jed An underrated yet overlong consistently funny dramedy for bullock/buscemi,etc. 4 stars
9/30/00 Trina I cried 4 times 4 stars
9/28/00 Monday Morning Dramatic comedy? Um...yeah...right. Cough, cough. 2 stars
8/15/00 Chickiepoo Sandra Bullock can't act worth shit! 1 stars
7/09/00 JonnyA I liked it a lot, good characters, performances, etc. 4 stars
5/30/00 PEAKY HIGH BOY SANDRA BULLOCK is excellent in this DRAMA/COMEDY that will make you smile 5 stars
5/28/00 Belinda How pathetic! 1 stars
5/25/00 tom rush entertaining 4 stars
4/29/00 Sandy Stupid ideas, sloppy ending; but good Bullock, great Dominic West, and fantastic Buscemi 3 stars
4/28/00 Robin Mingle I thought the movie was absolutely wonderful. Full of entertainment. Sandra was excellent. 5 stars
4/21/00 tom rush interesting 4 stars
4/19/00 Chartsy Critics elsewhere have been harsh, but a pretty cute little movie 3 stars
4/17/00 "Persnickety" critics are being way too harsh with this movie, it is cute, and sends a good message! 4 stars
4/16/00 M.gunnerQuist Sandra Bullock fans will love it. Critics expected Macbeth or something-- I mean come on!! 4 stars
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