Mr. Deeds (2002)
Critic Consensus: This update of Capra doesn't hold a candle to the original, and even on its own merits, Mr. Deeds is still indifferently acted and stale.
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Deeds
The star and his numbskull cronies piss on Capra's grave with acrid insincerity.
No amount of spastic-colon jokes, cartoon violence or good-buddy cameos (Al Sharpton, John McEnroe) can distract from the fact that Gary Cooper [Sandler] ain't.
Sandler barely expends any energy trotting out the "average dude who shakes up stodgy high society" schtick, and director Steven Brill and scripter Tim Herlihy follow lazy suit.
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Mr. Deeds is yet another awful Adam Sandler comedy. I saw this in the theatre when it came out, and came out disappointed. The film was terrible, unfunny garbage that just didn't deliver anything good or entertaining for the viewer. Mr. Deeds is an unfunny comedy that is simply awful to watch. The acting and comic delivery were terrible. Adam Sandler successfully made another terrible film and it just goes to show that the guy should have retired a long time ago. Mr. Deeds suffers from a bad script that doesn't deliver effective comedy or a good story for that matter. I hated this film, and thought it was a waste of film. Adam Sandler has been unfunny for quite some time, and films like Mr. Deeds showcases that point perfectly. This is a poorly made comedy that is more excruciatingly painful that funny. This is a film that never should have been made, and it's simply one comedy film that you should avoid. Adam Sandler was funny back in the 90's with films like Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy and The Wedding Singer. But now, he misses the mark more often and his use of comedy is pretty stale. Mr. Deeds is a film that definitely should be avoided, the film really doesn't work as a comedy and it ends up being a total mess from start to finish. If you want a comedy with good laughs, you won't find it here. This is a pointless film that isn't worth your time.
People tell me I place too much importance in review scores - that I like movies based on how much critics like them. That is categorically not true, and Mr. Deeds is my go-to example for that. It's a guilty pleasure to say the least - as a Sandler film, its just what you'd expect. Overly silly, not very intelligent, a little too sweet and corny, and yet somehow lovable. While all of those descriptors could be used to describe most of Adam Sandler's starring roles (Billy Madison, Waterboy, etc.), Mr. Deed's stands out because Adam Sandler doesn't play the usual moron, but rather a naive nice-guy. The script, humor, and acting may be directly aiming for "PG-13 for kids under 13," but there's something charming about the strangely earnest performances by Sandler, Jared Harris and John Turturro, not to mention some awesome cameos by Steve Buscemi and John McEnroe.
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