Mr. Deeds

  • Review Date: September 24, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 91 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Pretty awful, but teen Sandler fans may like it.
  • Review Date: September 24, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 91 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The film's central theme is on the importance of character over the trappings of wealth and fame, and this message is shown through example and through dialogue.

Positive role models

In spite of his faults, Deeds is a genuine, "what you see is what you get" kind of character, the kind who doesn't care for the trappings of fame and fortune, and would rather be a good person to those around him. He does tend to solve his problems by fighting, though.

Violence

Comic violence. A character has a foot damaged by frostbite and can no longer feel pain there; he proves this by having his butler strike him repeatedly on the foot with a fireplace poker, culminating in the butler stabbing the foot with the poker. A character's body is found frozen on top of Mount Everest. A character punches and kicks someone believed to be a mugger until the mugger is knocked to the ground. A fist fight breaks out at a fancy restaurant.

Sex

While instant messaging, one character tells another to "tap that" and to "bone." A man walks in on another man naked in the shower, excessively soaping his buttocks region. During a shareholders' meeting, a man makes reference to running a pornographic website. A recurring joke is the butler having a foot fetish. Romantic kissing.

Language

Frequent profanity. "Bulls--t," "s--t," "damn," "hell," "ass." On two occasions, characters use the middle finger gesture.

Consumerism

Budweiser and Pepsi products are prominently displayed throughout the film. Characters stop off at a Wendy's for lunch and mention Frosty shakes. The lead character makes frequent references to wanting to write greeting cards for Hallmark.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters get very drunk and throw eggs at passing cars. At dinner, characters drink wine, but don't act intoxicated. At a pizza parlor, characters drink from clearly marked bottles of Budweiser beer. One character smokes a pipe, and another character smokes a cigar.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Mr. Deeds is a 2002 Adam Sandler movie with the expected over-the-top physical comedy -- as well as some profanity, sexual references, drinking, and product placement. In one scene, a man is in a shower excessively soaping his buttocks so his rear end is covered in soap suds. While essentially a good-hearted character, Deeds tends to solve his conflicts by getting into fist fights with those he disagrees with. Overall, this is another very silly Adam Sandler movie, rooted in obnoxious humor best for teens and older.

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What's the story?

MR. DEEDS is a remake of the Depression era movie classic starring Gary Cooper (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town). As in the original, the main character is a small-town guy named Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler) who writes poems for greeting cards and is kind to his neighbors. Deeds unexpectedly inherits a fortune. So, he goes to the big city, where an unscrupulous reporter named Babe (Winona Ryder) pretends to be a damsel in distress to get close enough to him so that she can write stories about what an idiot he is.

Is it any good?

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This remake removes all of the wit and warmth (and the point) of the original and 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what they would do if they inherited $40 billion. Do you think it would change how you act? Or who you spend time with?

  • What is the appeal of Sandler's humor?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 28, 2002
DVD release date:October 22, 2002
Cast:Adam Sandler, John Turturro, Winona Ryder
Director:Steven Brill
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Comedy
Run time:91 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:vulgar humor and language

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Kid, 11 years old December 27, 2010
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So Funny

Comedy can't get any better than this.A great and funny Sandler comedy.Some strong language such as s**t,h**l,d**n,a*s,b***h,t***p,sl*t,and a some obsence hand gestures with strong sexual dialouge and references and a charcters butt is shown. NOTE:There is a neat dvd player known as clearplay which is when you take a movie such as this one and you won't let your 10 year old see it you can watch it and choose to block out all the bad stuff and they are only abot $65 to $100 and maybe even cheaper and it is worth it.Think about it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great role models
Adult Written bydoodlesalltheday April 9, 2008
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Kid, 11 years old August 23, 2010
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nah leave it hate the movie and some punching
What other families should know
Too much violence

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