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Following the flop of Little Nicky, Adam Sandler returned to safe territory in Mr. Deeds... and made Nicky look inspired by comparison. A loose remake of Frank Capra's 1936 classic Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, this dumbed-down version finds Sandler in the Gary Cooper role, inheriting a vast fortune and a corporate empire, foiling a greedy executive (Peter Gallagher), and winning the heart of an undercover reporter (Winona Ryder) who's been mocking his small-town naiveté in print while falling for his goodhearted sincerity. It's fun enough to satisfy Sandler's loyal fans--and John Turturro's a hoot as Deeds's foot-fetishist butler--but the subtleties of Capra are lost on Sandler, director Steven Brill, and writer Tim Herlihy. While Gary Cooper portrayed a rube who was savvy about big-city cynicism, Sandler's an amiable goofball with a heart of gold and an empty skull. You can admire him, and parts of the movie (including Steve Buscemi's unbilled cameo), but you have to work harder to get there. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Adam SandlerLongfellow Deeds
Winona RyderBabe Bennett
John TurturroEmilio Lopez
Allen CovertMarty
Peter GallagherChuck Cedar
Jared HarrisMac McGrath
Erick AvariCecil Anderson
Peter DanteMurph
Conchata FerrellJan
Harve PresnellPreston Blake
Steve BuscemiCrazy Eyes
Blake ClarkBuddy Ward
John McEnroeHimself
J.B. SmooveReuben
Al SharptonThe Rhyme Master
Rob SchneiderNazo

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  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Steven Brill
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJun 28, 2002
    EuropeNov 1, 2002
    JapanFeb 15, 2003
    AustraliaAug 22, 2002
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe12A
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaOct 22, 2002
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