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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.

Movie Info

One of Frank Capra's best-loved stories gets a modernized and wildly slapstick reinterpretation in this romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler. When Preston Blake (Harve Presnell), a remarkably wealthy media magnate, dies with neither a wife nor children, the question on the lips of most of his associates is who will inherit the estate. The surprising answer turns out to be Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler), a cheerful but half-bright proprietor of a small-town pizzeria, as well as part-time greeting card poet, who was a distant relative of Blake. In order to claim his 40-billion-dollar inheritance, Deeds heads to New York City, where Blake's former associates, Chuck Cedar (Peter Gallagher) and Cecil Anderson (Erick Avari), introduce him to the city while trying to figure out how to get their hands on his new fortune. Meanwhile, Mac McGrath (Jared Harris), the producer of a sleazy tabloid television show, wants to get the inside scoop on Deeds, and comes up with perfect way to get it: he sends beautiful but unscrupulous reporter Babe Bennett (Winona Ryder) to sweep Deeds off his feet while she's wired for sound. Convincing Deeds that she's from a small town just like himself, Bennett quickly wins his heart, but while his affection is sincere, hers is not. He also displays a curious eagerness to defend her good name with his fists which quickly gets him in trouble. Meanwhile, as Deeds becomes the new laughing stock of New York thanks to Bennett's stories, Deeds decides it's time he did something big with his money, while Cedar and Anderson think they've finally found a way to take control of Deeds' holdings. Mr. Deeds also features supporting performances from John Turturro, Steve Buscemi, and Conchata Ferrell. John McEnroe and Rev. Al Sharpton make cameo appearances as themselves. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for language including sexual references, and some rear nudity)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Tim Herlihy, Peter Lyons Collister
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 22, 2002
Box Office: $126.2M
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


Adam Sandler
as Longfellow Deeds
Steve Buscemi
as Crazy Eyes
JB Smoove
as Reuben
Blake Clark
as Buddy Ward
John McEnroe
as Himself
Al Sharpton
as Himself
Brandon Morale
as Kevin Ward
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Deeds

All Critics (159) | Top Critics (34)

The star and his numbskull cronies piss on Capra's grave with acrid insincerity.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 21, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Pretty awful, but teen Sandler fans may like it.

Full Review… | December 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

The end result isn't dreadful, but it is patchy.

Full Review… | May 28, 2008

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.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Anyone with an IQ over 85 should stay away.

Full Review… | September 30, 2005
Three Movie Buffs

Audience Reviews for Mr. Deeds



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Super Reviewer

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

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