Mr. Deeds






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Starring Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder, John Turturro, Steve Buscemi, Peter Gallagher

Rated PG-13 for language including sexual references, and some rear nudity.

((Editor's Note: Having risked his life to procure a copy of another yet-to-be released movie, {title witheld}, Mr. Typo was forced to watch the latest Sandleromedy in the RIAA dungeon in an undisclosed location three miles beneath the earth's surface.  Please keep him in your prayers and understand that his reaction to this movie may be a result of weeks of torture and is not necessarily intended to be derisive towards Mr. Sandler.  We also blame any rambling, run-on sentences, and excessive use of parentheses on torture.  And the fact that he has hooks for hands. Enjoy.))

There are certain events that undoubtably change a man forever -- a first kiss, perhaps... or going into the batting cages without a helmet.  Certain life factors may alter the way we view the world, or even ourselves.  Watching Mr. Deeds is not one of these events -- but I needed SOME way to open the review. 

Okay, so don't get me wrong, this wasn't a bad movie.  But, like pretty much all Adam Sandler movies, you knew what was gonna happen before you went into the theater.  (Please, if you're one of those people that think that bad guy will EVER win in a movie like this, go now.  Go away.  I don't want you to read anything I write again.  You're making a mockery of both of us.)  So okay, it was based on a Capra flick, which are notorious for being a bit predictable.  And fine, director Steven Brill (writer of such cult flicks as "Mighty Ducks 1 through 3" and "Ready To Rumble") isn't exactly David Fincher when it comes to plot twists.  Okay, so while we're on plot I'll try to breeze through it without revealing too much that you couldn't ascertain from the ubiquitous trailer.  Longfellow Deeds (Sandler) is a smalltown guy who inherits 40 billion bucks from this great-uncle who he's never seen before.  Okay, let's just stop for a second.  This old dude is a media conglomerate, I'm guessing Ted Turner big, and you don't now he's your grandma's brother?  I'm guessing that we're not supposed to read too much into it -- the writers probably pull the Coleridge "Willing Suspension" card on this one.  Plus I don't wanna get fanboy nerdy over "Mr. Deeds."  (<Goofy laugh> "Heh...heh....are we actually supposed to BELIEVE that Watto can fly around with those tiny little wings?  Yeah right, Mr. Lucas,
whatever...." <making shape of W with thumbs and forefingers>)

Ok, so he inherits money, doesn't really care because he's so purehearted and all.  But he goes to the big city anyway (NYC) to fill out some paperwork or whatever.  Apparently this has to do with some sinister plot of the guy who's now running the place, but I didn't bother to pay attention to much of that.  Tabloids try to find out more about him, blah blah, Deeds ends up embarassing somebody by doing some-thing, but it's never really clear exactly what, yadda yadda.  And then it's basically over.  I think on the last series of edits they decided to cut out all the funny.  And a Sandler movie minus funny is just Sandler trying to act, which equals no good for nobody. I think my major problem is they tried to turn Longfellow Deeds into the Joey Potter of the big screen: he's pretty much good at EVERYTHING.  And from time to time he even tries to do that dopey Katie Holmes smirk....I think Mr. Sandler is quickly going the way of the Jim Carrey.  Stick with what you're good at....playing retarded kids....

But the movie wasn't bad -- I keep saying this because maybe it will help me actually believe it.  Winona Ryder was actually pretty good in her role as the tabloid news reporter trying to steal away Deeds' heart (HAW HAW).  John Turtorro, who MUST be a friend of Sandler's to find himself in this thing (did anyone besides me see Cradle Will Rock?), also made me laugh from time to time.  But this just lacked the fun of "Billy Madison" and "Happy Gilmore" and the humor of "The Waterboy."  Okay, it was better than "Little Nicky."  I'll give it that.

So basically, it's really not worth your 8 bucks admission.  It's barely worth the time it takes to download <whip crack from RIAA goon> --OK!  Ok....it's NOT worth downloading.  <Whip crack>  But....IS...worth....price of admission.  But seriously folks, this one isn't worth it.  Go rent "Big Daddy" and pick up a few orders of Biggie Fries instead.  You'll save yourself a HUGE headache in the long run.
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