Mr. Deeds

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Pretty awful, but teen Sandler fans may like it.
  • PG-13
  • 2002
  • 91 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 25 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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.


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.


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.


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


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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjackhardy March 22, 2021

Silly funny

It's about the same or little less offensive than watching Saturday night live.
Adult Written byMatt B. November 17, 2015

Funny Sandler comedy for teens.

This is funny but has some adult content. Teens will understand it better.
Teen, 13 years old Written bymoviewatcher12345687 October 5, 2012

Not a vulgar movie.

Wasn`t bad at all. Should have gotten a PG. A bit disappointing though.
Teen, 13 years old Written bymoviemaniac21 April 4, 2021

not Sandlers best but has good plot

has literally nothing bad in it. Don't know why its PG13 but is a great comedy to watch as a family.

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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