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Mr. Deeds Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The remake stumbles from a ragged start into a child's garden of worses -- worse than the original in more ways than you could imagine.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    An idiot variation on Frank Capra's ''Mr. Deeds Goes to Town,'' might have been thrown together in even less time than it takes Sandler to get dressed in the morning; it feels sort of like the dumbest corporate comedy of 1987.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    If Sandler felt compelled to take on a role immortalized by Gary Cooper, at least it wasn't as "Sergeant York," "Lou Gehrig" or the sheriff in "High Noon."

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Pretty awful, but teen Sandler fans may like it.

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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
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    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.

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    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.

What to watch for
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    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.

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    Drinking, drugs and 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.