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Overall Rating
2.46

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

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Mr. Deeds
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by Chris Parry

"Why would you even let the writer of The Mighty Ducks direct?"
1 stars

Displaying a level of directorial ineptitude not even seen in the cinematic works of Carrot Top, Steven Brill has managed to singlehandedly prove that it's no longer necessary to bother making a good movie if you want to earn $125m at the box office. All you need is a star people recognize, a screenplay that would have seen you flunked out of film school, and an 8 figure marketing budget and theatrical success can be yours. Brill's second feature film as director, Mr Deeds, is every bit as terrible as his first (Little Nicky) and shows all of us who strive to one day make something as good as American Beauty that there is no place in modern cinema for art. None at all.

Mr Deeds goes to Town was an American cinema classic of the 30's. Now it's an Adam Sandler formula. How low can we go?

So Mr Deeds runs a New Hampshire pizza parlor when he learns an uncle he never knew of died and left him $40 billion. Of course, the bad CEo wants to take the company and break it up for profit, but in order for that to happen he needs Deeds to sign away his voting rights. Thus begins the hijinks of Evil boardmen trying to get Deeds to put pen to paper and an evil reporter (Winona Ryder) trying to get footage of him making a fool of himself for TV, while she falls in love with him.

Okay, let's have a show of hands. Who paid money to see this crap? Okay, that's a lot of hands. Now, who amongst you read a review of the film before you paid your money? Nobody? Well, that explains how a film that just flat out SUCKS can make $125m.

Are you people insane? Film critics are here for a reason! We're your test drivers. We sit through shit so you won't have to! We endure the garbage so that you can ask us, "hey, is this worth spending ten bucks on?" When we say "HELL NO!" you're supposed to listen!

Instead, you ignorant sheep, you turn up at your Cineplex on Friday night and you fork out your hard-earned cash and spend another $7 on popcorn and $4 on a coke and you sit down for 100 minutes of mind-numbing tedium.

Why do you do it? Why haven't you learned that the commercials can't be trusted? Why have you abandoned the film critics of repute and begun taking your movie advice from the freaking TV weatherman? Jeezum crow, people! It's not rocket science!

So how bad is this movie? Oh, it's bad. It's such an insincere, incompetent mess that it will make you wince. For starters, could we have a movie set in New York that doesn't try to pass itself off as a post-911 NYC tribute? The scenes in Mr Deeds where Sandler is heard to say things like "it's a pleasure to be in New York City, the greatest city in the world!" and "it's a pleasure to work alongside New York's finest and bravest" when he's helping some firemen put out a fire would be lame enough if they were actually filmed that way. That the words are instead recorded over the original footage in a sort of last minute way of getting around the fact the film is based in NYC post-911 is just grating and a ham-fisted treatment of a delicate topic.

But that's as delicate as Mr Deeds gets, featuring woefully out of place cameos (is Adam Sandler contractually bound to have Rob Schneider appear in a ridiculous one-second scene in all of his films?), direction that seems unknowledgeable of even elementary filmmaking techniques, horrendous dialogue and acting that will make your blood run cold.

Miraculously, even though Winona Ryder is supposed to be playing a woman who is acting badly throughout the film, she's terrible from start to finish! Who would have thought that a bad actor would fail so badly at acting badly deliberately? And who the hell thought up these jokes? "Yes, I come from a town called... Winchester.. ton.. field... ville. Winchestertonfieldville." Yeah, that's pretty funny. As Happy Gilmore would say, "HAAAAAHAHAHA... SHUT UP!"

There is no easier way to say this - Winona Ryder's career as a serious A-list actress is now over. This movie is going to advance her career about as far as her penchant for 'discount shopping' has. As for Sandler, only Punch Drunk Love can save this guy from himself. Hey, if I was being offered ten million per movie I'd probably be signing on to every movie that was offered to me as well, so it's hard to fault the guy for being a sell-out, but the guy is an unabashed sell-out of the worst kind. The kind that pretends the movie he's in is brilliant every single time, even though we've seen him lie through his teeth about Little Nicky, Big Daddy, The Waterboy, the list goes on. For fuck's sake, he exec produced The Animal. For that alone he deserves death by angle grinder.

But it's what he does to John Turturro that draws the most ire. This fine character actor, one who is amongst the finest of our time, is turned into a man-servant with a foot fetish in a grossly stereotypical portrayal of a Spaniard. "Free Flamenco lessons for all!" Thanks, but I'll pass on the Flamenco if you can just bring me a bucket.

Steven Brill wrote The Mighty Ducks. He directed Little Nicky. He played 'Cop at Crime Scene' in Joe Dirt. Is Hollywood honestly that hard up for directors that they give this hack money to keep making movies?

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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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