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Mr Deeds

Mr Deeds
  • 2002
  • US
  • 96 min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Steven Brill
  • Written by: Tim Herlihy, based on a story by, Clarence Budington Kelland
  • Cast: Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder, Peter Gallagher, Jared Harris, Allen Covert, Erick Avari, John Turturro, Conchata Ferrell
  • UK release: 1 November 2002
  • Website: www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/…

Sandler gets to beat the crap out of a lot of people in this cartoon comedy remake of Frank Capra's Mr Deeds Goes To Town, originally a gentle and somewhat sentimental yarn about a small-town poet who inherits a vast fortune and turns New York on its heels with his down-home country values. Thus, the subtlety that served Capra so well is gone then, replaced with the American everyman's heavy-handed heroism in this reworking of a reworking of the David and Goliath narrative. Against all the odds, the common man triumphs over corporate greed, in the process wringing a few laughs from the necks of subscribers to the Dumb and Dumber school of slapstick.

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