Mr. Deeds
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One of Frank Capra's best-loved stories gets a modernized and wildly slapstick reinterpretation in this romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler. When Preston Blake (Harve Presnell), a remarkably wealthy media magnate, dies with neither a wife nor children, the question on the lips of most of his associates is who will inherit the estate. The surprising answer turns out to be Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler), a cheerful but half-bright proprietor of a small-town pizzeria, as well as part-time greeting card poet, who was a distant relative of Blake. In order to claim his 40-billion-dollar… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The star and his numbskull cronies piss on Capra's grave with acrid insincerity."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"It's not just that the movie itself is wicked awful, it's that Mr. Deeds brings out the worst in Adam Sandler."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Pretty awful, but teen Sandler fans may like it."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Anyone with an IQ over 85 should stay away."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Just another Sandler movie, nothing more, nothing less."
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"No amount of spastic-colon jokes, cartoon violence or good-buddy cameos (Al Sharpton, John McEnroe) can distract from the fact that Gary Cooper [Sandler] ain't."
‑ Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, L.A. Weekly
"There's nothing funny about this."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The end result isn't dreadful, but it is patchy."
‑ , Film4
"Peter Gallagher must've been hard up for cash."
‑ Susan Michals,
"This is a remake which will vaguely satisfy the Sandler faithful and have Capra fans gritting their teeth."
‑ Jim Shelby, Palo Alto Weekly
"Let's cut to the consumer-advice bottom line: Stay home."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"The projectors in the theater practically shut down with boredom."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Sandler barely expends any energy trotting out the "average dude who shakes up stodgy high society" schtick, and director Steven Brill and scripter Tim Herlihy follow lazy suit."
‑ Michael Dequina, Film Threat
"Click to read review"
‑ Michael Dequina,
"How could Adam Sandler, of all people, remake Capra? Well, shoddily, as it happens."
‑ , Empire Magazine
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