Monday, April 11, 2016

Movie Review - Mr. Deeds

In my movie reviews, I give my brief thoughts on what I watched. Sometimes I will expound on those thoughts, but more often than not, I will just give a brief opinion. You can read plot descriptions on Internet Movie Database or on Amazon.

Mr. Deeds, starring Adam Sandler and Winona Ryder (2002)

This Adam Sandler comedy, starring the same familiar faces as you see in almost all of his other movies, is a remake of the Frank Capra classic Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, starring Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur. 

Here is a scene from each so you can compare them:

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town:

Mr. Deeds:

The feel of the film is the same as the original. Babe Bennett still exists, and she is still up to her same lies. Many lines and scenes carry over. However, Mr. Deeds is full of the usual Adam Sandler jokes and off-color humor.

An interesting thing happens at the end of this film. There is a bridge in the background of one scene, that reminds the viewer of It's a Wonderful Life. A short time later, there is an ice rescue, similar to George Bailey saving his brother Harry. Deeds is even riding a bicycle like a child when this scene takes place.

It's worth watching for the purpose of comparison, but it's still not the original.

3 stars out of 5.

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