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Mr Deeds

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Longfellow Deeds: Adam Sandler , Babe Bennett: Winona Ryder
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Directed by: Steven Brill
Written by: Tim Herlihy

Released: 2002
Origin: US
Length: 96


Adam Sandler has many a turkey on his CV, but few are as malodorous as this remake of Frank Capra's sentimental comedy from 1936, which was voted Best Motion Picture of its year by the New York Film Critics and the US's National Board of Review. It is safe to say that the only award Sandler's movie is likely to receive is the Golden Raspberry for the year's Worst Movie.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Sandler rashly takes on Gary Cooper's role of an innocent countryman who inherits billions from a great-uncle and proceeds to deliver lessons in life to the unscrupulous capitalists and scheming journalists he encounters in New York City.

The humour is not charming and magical, as in the Capra movie, but boorish and violent. We are meant to think it cute when Sandler proves how lovably uncomplicated he is by beating people up, or when he recites the inane, sugary rhymes he composes for the inside of greetings cards.

Whatever indignities Winona Ryder may suffer in her shoplifting court case can be as nothing to the embarrassment she undergoes here as the hard-bitten journalist (originally played by Jean Arthur) who unaccountably succumbs to Mr Sandler's moronic maunderings.

The most astonishing aspect is that Steve Buscemi and John Turturro chose to replenish their bank balances by appearing in this crude travesty. Please don't go to see it, even out of idle curiosity - it might encourage Sandler to re-make It's a Wonderful Life.

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