28 Days


28 Days

Critics Consensus

Even though 28 Days is tackling a difficult subject, it comes off light and superficial, and maybe even a little preachy.



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Gwen Cummings is a successful New York writer living life in the fast lane and everyone's favorite party girl. She shares this roller-coaster lifestyle of hopping from dance club to bar to hangover with boyfriend Jasper-handsome, magnetic and equally attracted to life on the wild side. Life is just an exercise in debauchery-until Gwen's ungraceful display at her sister Lily's wedding, when she gets drunk, commandeers the limo and earns herself a DUI and 28 days in court-ordered rehab. There, Gwen comes face to face with a unique set of rules (like no cell phones) and rituals (like chanting) embraced by an assortment of fascinating fellow re-habbers: Eddie, Gerhardt, Oliver, Andrea, Roshanda, and Billie Jean. A jaded city girl to the core, Gwen is determined not to conform. Then she meets Counselor Cornell, who begins to break through her carefully constructed defenses and force her to take a closer look at who she really is. Ultimately, through the companionship of her group as well as a devastating loss, Gwen gradually loses her cynicism and begins the long struggle to take back her life. Maybe, she discovers, your insides can match your outsides.

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Azura Skye
as Andrea
Alan Tudyk
as Gerhardt
Diane Ladd
as Bobbie Jean
Katie Scharf
as Young Gwen
Meredith Deane
as Young Lily
Kathy Payne
as Aunt Helen
Lisa Sutton
as Dr. Stavros
Joanne Pankow
as Saleslady
Maeve McGuire
as Groom's Mother
Jim Moody
as Chauffeur
Christina Chang
as Bridesmaid
Adam Pervis
as Younger Boy at Gas Station
Dan Byrd
as Older Boy at Gas Station
Ric Reitz
as Father at Gas Station
Suellen Yates
as Andrea's Mother
Frank Hoyt Taylor
as Equine Therapist
Bill Anagnos
as NY Cabdriver
Terry Adams
as Wedding Band Member
Tom Ardolino
as Wedding Band Member
Joey Spampinato
as Wedding Band Member
Johnny Spampinato
as Wedding Band Member
Steve Hansen
as Rehab Graduate
Rod McCary
as Dr. Griffin Hartley
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  • Jul 29, 2010
    Lifeless, soulless movie about a subject that isn't shown the respect and reverence it deserves. Bullock, who would go on to make more dramatic films with awful scripts, is the shining light in the midst of the darkness, as per usual. Though her performance varies between the girl next door personality she achieves so well in her romantic comedies and the dramatic, which she struggles with in some of her other films, here she grasps it easily enough. The beginning was well structured, had emotional depth, and resonated. The character was sloppy yet superficial, and very mean tempered. Her attitude was that of an addict, and Bullock really captured the persona of someone in rehab. Then she makes a U-turn, pretty much out of the blue, and all of sudden it's about stupid comedy, over the top drama, a love interest that feels out of place, and some really strange plot choices altogether. The minor character of Gearhardt, played by Alan Tudyk of all people, was possibly the worst character I have ever seen onscreen. He is duplicitous about his role as the comedic relief, and it was just painful all the way through. Bullock has to maneuver through so much inaccuracies, melodrama, and heartless froth in order to show any emotional response to Viggo Mortensen's character, the lives of her friends in rehab, and her own fate. Another great role came from Steve Buscemi who is the only realistic character in this entire thing. It's entirely made of fluff, but amusing, heartfelt fluff. More like insulation riddled with asbestos. The film does not show addicts to their true potential, and tries to make light of something that is actually a serious disease, and though it is addressed, it is also belittled by the plot and characters themselves, and nothing can make up for Gearhardt....nothing!
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2009
    The Life of the Party... before she got a life. Good film! Sandra Bullock did an amazing job at one of her earlier films as an actress. 28 Days" is one of the most accurate movies about alcoholism and drug addiction I can remember. The film does not glamorize or poke fun at its thematic content, but instead shimmers in truth depicting the problems in which a nowhere life can lead.This movie teaches us lessons through its characters. And the lessons are well taught. Recommended to all. After getting into a car accident while drunk on the day of her sister's wedding, Gwen Cummings is given a choice between prison or a rehab center. She chooses rehab, but is extremely resistant to taking part in any of the treatment programs they have to offer, refusing to admit that she has an alcohol addiction. After getting to know some of the other patients, Gwen gradually begins to re-examine her life and see that she does, in fact, have a serious problem. The path to recovery will not be easy, and success will not be guaranteed or even likely, but she is now willing to give it a try.
    Manu G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2009
    Worst <a href="http://www.flixster.com/actor/sandra-bullock">Sandra Bullock</a> flick I've ever seen.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2009
    Sanda Bulllock does great in this film. It's a movie worth watching, but not worth praising. Positives: Most actors nail there spots. There is some humrous moments and some emotional moments. The film makes a decent attempt to boost you from high-times, to low times, as to get you emotionally connected to the film. Negatives: This unbalance between Comedy and Seriousness while it did not completley fail could of done itself better to just stick to one. Sometimes the comedy is to funny to make the movie seem real during it's serious moments. It's a tough balance that didnt fail but it also didnt do the movie great deeds. Overall: This movie is good but it's not perfection. It would of been much better off being completley serious as all the actors are wonderful and I feel could really tackle this serious subject on a serious note. The flaws are on the behalf of the writers/directors but the actors make it worth a watch or two. Check it out but do not go into it all that seriously or you may be dissapointed.
    Bobby H Super Reviewer

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