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Mr. Deeds

movie reviewmovie review out of 4 Movie Review: Mr. Deeds

Starring: Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder
Director: Steven Brill
Rated: PG-13
RunTime: 91 Minutes
Release Date: June 2002
Genre: Comedy

*Also starring: Rob Schneider, Allen Covert, Peter Dante, Peter Gallagher, Jared Harris, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro

Review by Steve Rhodes
2½ stars out of 4

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 ridiculous.

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 up.

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

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