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Mr Deeds was originally released nearly 10 years ago now and although for me it's not the best movie Adam Sandler has ever done it's still very entertaining and pretty funny. Adam Sandler rarely lets you down when appearing most films and this is another one that's well worth having a look at. The movie itself is based on the 1936 Gary Cooper comdey, Mr. Deeds goes to town.
The story starts with Blake Preston (Harve Presnell). He is an 82 year-old billionaire media tycoon who believes that because of his money and wealth he can pretty much do anything he wants and is untouchable. That is until one day he decides to climb to the top of Mount Everest and ends up freezing to death up there. At least he died happy and doing something he loved.
As the news of his death spreads through the city, eveyone, including the mass of media want to know who will inherit his 40 billion dollar estate and fortune. He wasn't married and didn't have any children so the search is one to find his closest living relative.
Legal council Cecil Anderson (Erick Avari) locates Mr. Preston's closest living relative. He happens to be his great nephew by the name of Longfellow Deeds played by Adam Sandler himself. Together with Blake's right hand man Chuck Cedar played by Peter Gallagher they fly out a small little town in the middle of nowhere to attempt to convince Mr. Deeds to sell his portion of Blake Media. Chuck wants to take over the company, rip it to shreds and take the money to him a very rich man. When they arrive in this town they can't believe their luck. Deeds is a small town guy who runs a tiny little pizerria and doesn't seem to bothered about his inheritance.
So he can wrap up some of the paperwork, he flies back to with Chuck and Cecil to the heart of New York. Here he finds what it's like to be powerful and wanted by all the media clamouring for the inside story on the heir to Blake's empire.
Babe Bennett (Winona Ryder) is one of those said reporters and she really needs this story so she can keep her job. She gets well on her way to getting the story of a lifetime. This is where we see the love element unfold in this delightful movie.
Adam Sandler as always is good value and turns in yet another great comedy performance. He is always charming and easy to warm to and I also felt in this movie that he portrayed his character in just the right way, in that he is not bothered by the money that could change his life, despite everyone else going crazy around him.
If you enjoyed Big Daddy, The Waterboy, and Happy Gilmore, you'll like this movie a lot I'm sure as I didn...
**FILM ONLY REVIEW**
I have had this film now for what seems like years and I know I must have had it for quite a while because I still have it on video! Ive just never got around to converting it to DVD even though this is a film that I could watch over and over again. I was surprised to find that this film hasn't really gone down well with other dooyooer's and it only has a 3 star rating overall! I am going to write this review from the complete opposite viewpoint because I loved it then and still do now. I am a big Adam Sandler fan and I love pretty much every single one of his movies that I have ever watched and I am very happy to say that this film was no exception and every person I ahve watched it with thought the same as me, that is was a brilliant film and very funny.
Mr Deeds: Adam Sandler
Babe/Pam: Winona Ryder
Emilio: John Turturro
Marty: Allen Covert
Chuck: Peter Gallagher
Cecil: Erick Avari
Mac McGrath: Jared Harris
Murph: Peter Dante
Now if Im totally honest before I watched this film I had never heard of over half of the actors that starred in it but after watching it I think it was a good choice to cast the exact people that they did. All the actors play their certain part really well especially Adam Sandler and I think that helps to make the film a bit more believable as a whole.
Whats The Film About?:
Longfellow Deeds (Sandler) is just an ordinary bloke who lives in a small town in America and everybody adores him. But when his wealthy uncle Preston Blake dies and Deeds inherits his forty billion dollar fortune Deeds has to make a move to the city and start living like a rich man. Deeds soon realises he isnt cut out for being a rich man after several misunderstanding's get him onto the news for all the wrong reasons but then he meets Pam (Ryder) a school nurse who he saves from being mugged.
He quickly falls in love with Pam and is happier than ever. Until he discovers that Pam isnt who she says she is and she has been lying to him all along. Now Deeds must decide whether this new found wealth is really what he wants.
Im not going to say what the big secret is or go into the plot anymore because that will totally ruin the film for everyone who does want to watch it but there are a lot of character twists and a few more characters that provide the comedy element.
What I Thought Of The Film:
Now while I thought that this film was really funny I liked the message behind the story and that message was that money cant buy you everything, especially love and that money doesn't always make you happier which is a great message I think because it is so true.
This movie is typical Adam Sandler style humour with comedic characters and funny one-liners rather than amazing writing but I think that makes the movie really funny. I would say though if you dont like Sandler films then you wont like this one either because it does follow the usual comedy style. The characters are all very likeable and even though some of them we should hate (Pam) I felt like as the film went on I was starting to like her character even more and understanding the position she found herself in.
There is one scene in this film that cracks me up everytime: The scene where they are in the private jet and they start singing. It cracks me up every time I watch it and I think that scene really does sum up the film for me.
This really is a fantastic film and I highly recommend you watch it for yourself and dont listen to the bad opinions on it because I cannot understand why anyone could hate this film. The ending is a fabulous twist as well which really made me smile :)
A wonderfully heart-warming film that leaves you smiling for hours afterwards. I highly recommend everyone watches it.
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Longfellow Deeds:Adam Sandler
Babe Bennett :Winona Ryder
Emilio Lopez: John Turturro
[Taken from the DVD - I can't explain the plot myself without giving too much away!]
Small town guy Longfellow Deeds goes to the big city to collect a $40 billion inheritence from a long lost uncle. Living in a palatial mansion with the services of an unusual personal butler isn't too bad. Things get even better when he meets a beautiful school nurse. But money changes everything, and things aren't what they seem. It's up to Deeds to straighten everybody out - with a few right hooks and lots of common sense.
If you haven't seen this film before, then I suggest you go out and buy it right away, as it's one of the most amazing films I've seen in my life!
The comedy in this film is outstanding; John Turturro being the main person who makes me laugh. His lines such as "I like feet" and "May I touch your feet?" always get a giggle from me, as it's so random yet so very funny. Adam Sandler also comes out with quite a few funny lines, putting this film in the 'comedy' category rather than the supposed 'romance' category that it sometimes falls in.
The acting is brilliant; I have always been a fan of Adam Sandler, but John Turturro is also one of my favourite actors in this film. Winona Ryder isn't as good, she tends not to show much emotion throughout. I don't know why this is, since she was exceptional in 'Edward Scissorhands'.. Maybe it's the comedy factor of the film which she just doesn't seem to fit into. Coming back to Turturro, I find that he plays the perfect creepy butler, his obsession with feet giving his the comedic value as well as making you think 'Is this guy for real?!"
The direction of the story is excellent; everything from the scenery to the acting is superb. I feel that Adam Sandler is the only person who could successfully pull off a role like this, but Winona Ryder could have been replaced by someone more fitting. The whole script of the film is great, and it's well acted by all of the characters; although some of the romantic lines are wasted.
All in all, I think that the film is a great one, and I personally have watched it on numerous occasions. It's definitely worth watching, especially if you're an Adam Sandler fan, but also if you just want a good comedy film. Turturro is enough to make anyone laugh in this film!
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
Mr. Deeds is a remake of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, a classic film, now approached by Adam Sandler of all comic filmmakers, which probably doesn't give most fans of the original the greatest hope that it's going to be very good. While well intended, even Sandler's most ardent fans might find this one a little troublesome.
The film opens as Preston Blake, a media mogul and owner of Blake Media, is found frozen to death at the top of Mount Everest. Thus, the search begins for his heir, ending with Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler), a man who runs a pizza shop and makes greeting cards for a living, much to the pleasure of his small sleepy town. He is approached by lawyer Chuck Cedar (Peter Gallagher), who brings him to New York to sort the whole business out. Here hotshot reporter Babe Bennett (Winona Ryder) gets wind of it and tries to get close to Deeds for an interview, but soon finds herself falling for him. Deeds meanwhile must keep an eye on those who crowd around him as his riches increase, because some of them have more nefarious intentions, and want to defraud him out of what is his birth right.
It's not bad, just not as funny as most of Sandler's other outings, while adhering to the same crude mantras you'd expect from any Sandler film. It's nice to see his usual crew out in force again (particularly Steve Buscemi, who last co-starred with him in The Wedding Singer), but this one didn't hit the laughter button as much as I'd like. Oh, and Winona Ryder's pronunciation of the letter "s" is really grating here.
Mr Deeds DVD
Adam Sandler stars in Mr Deeds, Adam is a comedy actor and is known from Big Daddy and 50 first dates films. This movie is a remake of a classic American comedy, I have never seen that one so I cannot say which one is better.
Mr Deeds also stars Winona Ryder.
Deeds is about Longfellow Deeds inheriting $40 billion from an uncle, he moves into a mansion and meets a nurse (Winona Ryder). But we all know that money changes everything and things aren't what they seem, its up to Deeds to straighten everybody out.
"Being Filthy rich is hard work... it takes a special kind of guy"
The movie lasts for 1 hr 33 mins, which is the right amount of time, it doesnt drag on and go on for hours.
The film is rated a 12, as there is a few swear words in it and refers to drugs sex scenes.
The dvd i bought contains extra features, which include the making.
6 deeds greeting cards which are download able on a pc
I would recomend this movie to with with friends on a night in when you need a laugh.
Mr Deeds is a supposedly 'hilarious re-make of the classic American comedy Mr Deeds Goes To Town' according to the blurb on the back of the DVD box. The word 'supposedly' more or less sums up my review, but I shall invite you to read further and find out exactly what I thought of this film, and why.
#~~~ THE FILM ~~~#
Mr Deeds was released in 2002 by Columbia Pictures, and directed by Steven Brill. Rather an inappropriate surname as the film is far from 'brill'. It stars Adam Sandler as Longfellow Deeds, a pizza restaurant owner and bachelor small town hillbilly innocent, who unexpectedly finds himself the recipient of a trifling $40 billion dollars from his now-deceased business tycoon uncle, and must therefore leave his cosy existence in Nowhere-ville (Mandrake Falls) to go the Big City (New York) and sign some papers.
Cue entrance of potential girlfriend Babe Bennett (Winona Ryder) as an undercover journalist pretending to be a Miss Innocent small town girl, as well as the inevitable bumbling Mr Nasty (Peter Gallagher) whose jealousy and desire for the money get the better of him. I won't reveal any more of the 'plot' to save disappointing those who might actually watch this film.
#~~~ WHAT I LIKED ~~~#
I bought this DVD because Adam Sandler was the billed star, and if you like Adam Sandler's combination of slightly stiff acting with his 'nice-guy turns tough' and straight-faced gag delivery scenes, which appear time after time in most of his films, then at least this film won't disappoint you as far as that aspect goes.
The butler to the $40 billion heir (John Turturro) is quite possibly the actual star of the film, in my opinion. He plays the part of a Puerto Rican slightly spooky and sneaky butler, who has the unnerving ability to suddenly and silently appear in a scene. Although we don't get to see an awful lot of him, the bits we do are memorable for his superb portrayal of his intended role, and for delivering some of the most understated but funny gags in the entire film, enhanced by his excellent foreign accent throughout.
Another rather random addition to the film but one who makes it a bit more bearable, is Crazy Eyes (Steve Buscemi). His contribution to the entire story is really nothing more than a couple of appearances as the receiver of a pizza delivered by Longfellow Deeds, but somehow, with his crazy eyes and surreal logic and eyesight he manages to steal both scenes from under Adam Sandler's nose and as a result made the film a whole lot more memorable for me.
#~~~ WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE ~~~#
After watching this film the most obvious question I came up with was 'what is this film trying to be'? It describes itself as a comedy, and yes, does have several gags and even a couple of laugh-out-loud moments. But then on the other hand you have some really quite childish moments (Adam Sandler and various cast squawking in a large hall to make echoes) which put me in mind of some of the rather awful Saturday morning Disney family films. And just as you think it might be more a children's film, one of the characters uses some very strong language or sexually suggestive language which make it all rather confusing when trying to decide who would actually enjoy watching this.
Also rather Disney-esque is the overstated moral opinion of this film, which boils down to: 'money is not important, love and happiness win every time'. Now whether this is true or not is not something I intend to discuss here, but most of us in the real world would tend to agree that life is never that simple. Small town guys don't usually attract big city girls in quite the glossed over way we see here, and while I agree that films are supposed to be an escape from reality, sometimes it can feel a little overdone.
The character Adam Sandler plays, a supposed innocent lad from a small town, I'm afraid just doesn't wash, and I really think the wrong actor was used for this role - Adam Sandler was fantastic as a kind of Mr Angry character in Happy Gilmore, Anger Management and The Wedding Singer, but to suggest to the audience that in this film he is a cute, sweet, happy-go-lucky chap is stretching credibility just a little too much for my liking.
I also am not a great fan of predictable storylines in films, especially when it involves good things happening to people who you feel don't deserve it or whom you have not warmed to enough during the film to feel that they should come up smelling of roses. Without wishing to reveal how the plot works itself out, I should say that there is a tedious amount of predictability in this film, right from the outset, which may annoy those like me who prefer twists and turns along the way. In the film's defence, I should say that there is one unforeseen 'twist' near the end, but you'll have to watch it to see!
Winona Ryder is just about okay as the entrapper turned love interest in the film, but her acting is really not on a par with any of the other actors and a stronger character and better actress would have made this film a bit more watchable. As the initial character, Babe Bennett, she makes a half-decent job, but as the Little Miss Innocent, complete with emotions, well, it's pretty awful to see.
#~~~ IN SUMMARY ~~~#
Even if you like Adam Sandler, I'd strongly suggest you only watch this if you're running out of other options, or you see it going very cheap at Wilkinson's and have an empty evening ahead of you. Although there are plenty of laughs along the way, you may end up wondering, like I did, why you bothered, as this film's predictability, lack of believable story, Jekyll and Hyde-ness and wrong casting may make you wish you'd watched something else.
Now that I have this DVD in my collection, I won't be getting rid of it, and I may even watch it again one day in the distant future, as the film is the sort of thing that's very easy to sit down and watch without any thought being required, but I have to say that I prefer nearly any of Adam Sandler's other films.
#~~~ ALSO ON THE DVD ~~~#
Three short featurettes which include the making of 'From Mandrake Falls to Manhattan' - Mandrake Falls being the town from where Longfellow Deeds hails.
Optional downloadable Deeds greeting cards
In this 2002 comedy directed by Steven Brill, Adam Sandler stars as Longfellow Deeds; a pizzeria owner who inherits $40 billion from his now deceased uncle he never knew. In comes Babe Bennet (Winona Ryder) a journalist who wants to find out and report anything and everything about this billionaire... but Deeds' charm gets in the way.
It basically turns into a romantic comedy and a very predictable one at that. The plot isn't really that interesting and Brill doesn't have a great record (Little Nicky was embarrassing to say the least) but it isn't a complete failure. There are some funny moments from time to time such as Deeds' Butler (John Turturro) who was better than I expected. The real reason this made any sort of money was because of Sandler, just like Big Daddy. I'm not saying he was great because compared to some of his other movies, his performance was nothing special (or maybe that was the script) but he has a huge fan base and this really proves it.
I don't recommend buying this or even watching it unless you are really bored. The plot isn't engaging and there aren't enough funny scenes to keep it going. Brill doesn't really know what he's doing, to be blunt, but if you're looking for a mindless and silly comedy, I guess this is just about watchable.
Winone Ryder and Adam sandler star in this heart warming comedy of Sandlers 'usual style'.
The film features a small town where a pizza maker becomes a millionaire. He inherits a huge fortune when noone else is around to take it. Newspaper reporter Winona Ryder plans to get the best story so tries her hardest to get to know the characters. She gets in far deeper than she could ever imagine.
You will like this if you enjoy Adam Sandlers movies. When I say it follows the same style I mean it features a down on his luck Adam Sandler as the main charcter, with his friends included as mad and random extras. The storyline is weak, but you do not watch films like this for the storyline, you watch them for the comedy value. Right from the beginning you warm to Sandlers character and really wish him well. He progresses through the film to get what he wants and lives happily ever after, with of course a few funny disasters along the way. This film is laugh a minute, if you have a silly sense of humour. Sit back, switch your mind off and enjoy!
If you are an Adam Sandler fan and just wish to relax, sit back and have a laugh, then this is the film for you! (I have watched this film on numerous occasions and just cannot get enough)
This film is about Adam Sandler (Mr Deeds) whom comes from a small town, where everyone knows everybody.
However, one of his wealthy family members passes away and he is left with the fortune. He moves into this huge house, has a butler, and experiences things that he would never have dreamed of before.
He later meets a reporter (Winona Ryder) whom he falls for and adores, thinking that she was just an ordinary typical small-town girl. Later, he eventually finds out that she is in fact a reporter and has been reporting stories about him, which are all produced in a negative manner (making it as if he is a horrible person).
Towards the end of the story, he finally gets fed up with this big city life of being rich and famous and returns back to his "small-town" life, leaving the fortune he had obtained behind and instead donating it all to charity.
At the end of the movie, the story turns around and we realise that the fortune which was left to him and thought to be his after "his" family member passed away, was not in fact his and was his butlers.
Another film coming off the Sandler conveyor belt which will probably polarise most people. Fans will enjoy his usual slapstick, neutrals may find it all a bit tiresome.
Sandler is a rural hick who suddenly finds himself the beneficiary of a huge inheritance when his super rich father dies. He moves to the city for a few days to sign over his inherited company shares for a massive pay off and samples a bit of city life. What follows is the usual mix of slapstick comedy, shouting and John McEnroe giving an amazingly wooden performance.
The film itself may resonate with older viewers as a semi-rip off of the rather fantastic Brewster's Millions. Sadly, it lacks the charm of Pryor's effort and just seems to be another Sandler-by-numbers film as he dials in a performance.
You have the usual over the top comedy, with plenty of shouting, swearing and people falling over mixed with a cute love interest that we have seen all too often with Sandler.
Having reviewed '50 First Dates' recently, this review take a similar theme. The plot is predictable (which is fairly standard for this sort of film) but the journey just is not that much fun. Producers and writers just seem to be shoehorning Sandler into different situations, getting him to act as himself and churning out another film.
This is not the worst film in the world by any means, some of the jokes do amuse, but if you have seen any of Sandler's works (especially the funnier earlier ones when it was a lot fresher), then this may fall a bit flat.
If you have seen any Adam Sandler film then you will have a good idea of what to expect from Mr Deeds-Non stop laughter!
The story is about a man called Longfellow Deeds who runs a pizzeria in a small town who finds that his uncle has died after freezing on top of Mount Everest. His uncle was the owner of Blake Media; a corporation running hundreds of television and radio stations and with 50 thousand employees, which meant that Mr Deeds had just, became $40 billion richer. (Not bad!)
Unfortunately things don't go simply for Longfellow as he comes across Chuck Cedar (Peter Gallagher) who wants to have control of the company and Babe Bennett (Winona Ryder), a journalist who is trying to get the inside scoop on the man who has just become so rich.
Also featured in the film are actors Rob Schneider, Steve Buscemi and even John McEnroe! However, the star of the show has to be John Turturro who plays Mr Deeds sneaky sneaky butler.
As with any Adam Sandler film, you know that it involves the likable underdog who always comes good in the end. This film is no different but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. Packed with laughs the whole way through you will love this film, especially when Adam Sandler and John Turturro are on screen together.
The story of the film has a morale to it but it doesn't spoil the film by being too forward with its message.
I would definitely recommend this film to anyone and would go as far to say its one of my favourites. Without doubt it should be added to any DVD collection, as it will only improve it
One of my favourite films in the world. Adam Sandler and Winona Ryder at their best in this film! Funny and heart warming, its a great film for a first date, it has everything I want in a film, comedy, romance, drama. Its just the most hillarious film ever, and one of the best Adam Sandler films ever made!! If your an Adam Sandler fan, you will adore this film, its one of those you just want to keep watching!!!
Great for both men and Women. The film is about a small town, pizza owner Mr Deeds, who comes into alot of money $40 billion, when his rich uncle dies leaving Deeds as his only remaining family member. Babe, a newspaper reporter, goes undercover to get the best story, but she gets in deeper than she had ever imagined, theres an amazing twist of events. the film will keep you entertained from the opening to the closing credits, and beyond (the extras are funky too!!!)
Mr Deeds is a great romantic comedy starrig Adam Snadler as Longfellow Deeds.
He has a small pizza shop and also writes his own greeting card messages.
He is only from a small village so when an attorney Chuck Cedar, played by Peter Gallagher, tells him he has to come to New York City he agrees.
He finds out that his uncle Preston Blake died climbing Mount Everest and has left him an inheritance sum..of $40 billion!
Winona Ryder plays Babe Bennett, a reporter who badly wants a story on him so uses her innocence and charm to get close to him.
John Turturro plays the part of his butler Emilio Lopez, who has a weird obsession with feet. He turns out to be Preston Blake's illegitimate son and is therefore the true heir.
After Babe and Mr Deeds' fall out, they reocncile and make up their mind to go back to Mandrake Falls and leave behind the complex life of New York.
Emilio gives him a billion dollars and Mr Deeds buys everyone in his home town a corvette.
This film is a great comedy with some very funny scenes and also some emotional romantic scenes. Definite must watch.
Mr. Deeds is great and very funny comedy directed by Steven Brill and written by Tim Herlihy and Clarence Budington Kelland.
* Adam Sandler as Longfellow Deeds
* Winona Ryder as Babe Bennett
* John Turturro as Emilio Lopez
* Allen Covert as Marty
* Peter Gallagher as Chuck Cedar
* Jared Harris as Mac McGrath
* Erick Avari as Cecil Anderson
* Peter Dante as Murph
Mr Deeds is a simple guy in a simple village, he own a little pizzeria and also he tries to write greeting cards with volition to go somewhere, and one day it happens, Chuck Cedar finds Longfellow Deeds from pizza shop and says to him that he has to take him to New York, because Deeds is Prston Blake nephew and Mr. Blake freezes to death when he tries
to climb Mount Everest and Mr. Deeds should get $40 millions.
In New York Mr. Deeds meets Babe Bennett, reporter who has to get a story about Mr. Deeds and tries to get his attention and after Mr. Deeds falls a love with Babe.
-But can Longfellow Deeds get his heritage and go back to home?
-Will Babe Bennett get a story about Mr. Deeds?
I really enjoyed this great, funny movie. Plot was really great, very funny and also very interesting. Also screenplay was really great, very well made, most parts are funny, also there are few romantic parts and also there are a little bit drama, in my thought. Main cast was really good, especially Adam Sandler, especially this, that in other movies where Adam Sandler plays, he is a stupid, lazy guy, but in this film there is a big difference about him. Also soundtrack was really good, a lot of great songs, from many artists, like, "Sweetest Thing" by U2, "Mile High", written by Susan Sandberg and much more. Also there are few special effects, also these are in funny parts. In summary this was really good movie, worth to watch it and recommended to everyone.
Total Rating is 10 out of 10
Please don't rent this DVD, BUY IT!
If you're wondering how to spend your amazon vouchers, this is the film to buy (or any adam sandler movies).
It's another great film from Adam Sandler featuring the usual cast of friends and dopey characters.
The basic storyline of this film is a redneck loser who happens to inherit a billion pounds. Investors try to rip him off and sell the shares to them, but featuring the likes of john mackenroe, this isn't going to happen!
Some truely wet your pants scenes, the black foot moment with the fire poker is hillarious and the boggle eyed guy who lives in the woods is also a classic.
Again, as most of his movies are, the storyline is a load of pants. The acting is poor but that is what makes it hillarious,
Please don't ever contemplate renting this DVD as they have dropped in price recently and it's worth buying because the whole family will enjoy the film.
Suitable for all audiences really, depending on how leniant you are :)