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Mr. Deeds

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Pretty awful, but teen Sandler fans may like it.

Movie PG-13 2002 91 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

Silly funny

It's about the same or little less offensive than watching Saturday night live.
age 12+

Funny Sandler comedy for teens.

Suitable for preteens. Kids under 12 should ask their parents.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (23 ):

This remake removes all of the wit and warmth (and the point) of the original. It then substitutes jokes about getting hit on the head, getting hit in the genitals, snapping off the arm of a frozen dead body, getting stabbed in the foot, physical deformity, and getting hit in the throat.

Sandler's "I'm just a sweet guy who likes dumb jokes" routine is getting tired, and apparently so is he. He looks puffy and uninterested in many of the scenes and oddly uncomfortable when called upon to kiss his leading lady. Ryder is far classier than the material, as are supporting stalwarts John Turturro, Conchatta Farrell, and Steve Buscemi. The other supporting actors range from bland to incompetent, including an obviously uncomfortable John McEnroe.

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