The plot has small town pizzeria owner Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler)
inheriting forty billion dollars. Deeds is a likable and popular guy around
town. His sole ambition is to get one of his greeting cards produced by
Hallmark. "I promise to love you for fifty years more, even when your bosoms
sag down on the floor," is typical of his ditties. When told by the nefarious
Chuck Cedar (Peter Gallagher), an officer of Deeds' new company, that he is now
a billionaire media tycoon, Deeds couldn't care less.
Like most Sandler pictures, MR. DEEDS's charm lies mainly in the supporting
players, and, as Sandler gets more successful, he is able to attract an
increasingly large and talented cast. This time the best is a cute-as-a-button
Winona Ryder, who plays Pam Dawson, a New York school nurse from the tiny town
of Winchestertonfieldville, Iowa. Don't bother looking that mouthful up in your
family atlas since "Pam" is just the alias of a reporter out to get the dirt on
Deeds. The reporter quickly morphs permanently into the innocent Pam and falls
head-over-heels in love with Deeds.
John Turturro is on board as Emilio, Deeds's new personal servant whom he
doesn't want. A sneaky guy who pops up everywhere, Emilio is a card-carrying
foot fetish. Turturro hams it up just enough without ever appearing
The cameos are fun with the best of these being John McEnroe's. Deeds is
constantly brawling with bad guys, and John loves people who pick fights. Keep
your eyes peeled and you'll see Robin Williams and others dropping by the set.
A surprisingly sweet picture, it isn't quite funny enough to be able to
recommend it, but it isn't a bad film. "Deeds? I thought we were watching
Scooby-Doo," Crazy Eyes (Steve Buscemi) says to a friend. If you have to choose
between the two. It's an easy choice. Go for MR. DEEDS.
MR. DEEDS runs 1:31. It is rated PG-13 for "language including sexual
references, and some rear nudity" and would be acceptable for kids around 7 and
My son Jeffrey, age 13, gave it ***, saying that he liked its "random
funniness." His friend Steven, age 14, gave it *** 1/2, commenting on how good
an actor Sandler is. His twin John also gave it *** 1/2, saying that he thought
that it was really funny.
Copyright © 2002 Steve Rhodes