HTF REVIEW: "Mr. Deeds" (with screenshots)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Mr. Deeds




    Studio: Columbia/New Line
    Year: 2002
    Rated: PG-13
    Film Length: 97 minutes
    Aspect Ratio: 16X9 Enhanced Widescreen (1.85:1)
    Subtitles: English, French & Spanish



    True story. After nearly 40 years my dentist
    found my first set of cavities. Sitting in that
    dentist's chair while he drilled away at my teeth
    was a far more enjoyable experience than sitting
    through Mr. Deeds, a wretched excuse for
    a film.
    Yuh know, I used to really like Adam Sandler,
    following him from his earliest comic days as an
    extra on MTV's Remote Control. It's unfortunate
    that as his career has evolved, he seems to get
    stuck in really bad films. I mean, we all saw this
    coming. The only way the studio was able to promote
    this dud was by putting every single funny line
    from the film into the trailer. Even then, it
    just wasn't funny. This film is based on the 1936
    "Mr. Deeds Goes To Town" with Gary Cooper and
    Jean Arthur. To compare this remake to that
    film would be considered total blasphemy.
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    Essentially, the film is about a simple backwoods
    pizza boy named Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler) who
    inherits $40 billion from a distant relative he has
    never met. This brings him to New York City where
    he is introduced to his deceased uncle's business
    associates and staff that includes a slimeball of
    a corporation board chairman (Peter Gallagher) who
    tries to hoodwink Deeds into selling away control
    of the Blake empire.
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    Deeds is a simple guy who enjoys doing good for
    others. It's no wonder that he is easily manipulated
    by a hard-edged city girl named Pam Dawson (Winona
    Ryder). She's a tabloid television producer who’s
    posing as a sweet school nurse in her efforts to
    get the goods on America's newest corporate king.
    How is the transfer?
    If I can say anything good about this film it
    would be its transfer to DVD. This is a gorgeous
    transfer! Most of the film is brightly lit and
    the result is a picture that is strikingly sharp
    and detailed. Colors are as vivid as they can
    get without becoming oversaturated and black levels
    are extremely solid. This is one of those in-your-face
    transfers that you just can't find any fault with.
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    Although there's a 5.1 mix here, don't expect
    much from it. Sound is robust and detailed, but
    remains front-heavy. Honestly, I heard no activity
    from the rear channels nor the LFE channel. Not
    that this is a big deal -- most comedy movies don't
    sport an aggressive 5.1 mix, and one is certainly
    not needed in this film.
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    Special Features
    What surprised me at first was the fact that
    Columbia went to such an effort to include so
    much supplemental material on a feature like
    this. It was then I remembered that somehow,
    this film managed to become a #1 box-office hit.
    So, after having tortured myself just watching
    this film, I now had the task of going through
    what seems to be a shopping list of extras.
    There's a full-length commentary by Director
    Steven Brill and writer Tim Herilhy. Both these
    guys are very easy to listen to -- just a bunch
    of cool guys sitting around and sharing some laughs.
    We get to hear a great deal about the Connecticut
    town of New Milford which was just perfect for the
    film's story. How does Wendys fast food get product
    placement in this film? Perhaps it was in thanks
    for allowing a helicopter to be landed in their
    parking lot. Steven and Tim talk about it! Their
    favorite part of the film was having the cast break
    out into David Bowie's Major Tom. The guys
    tell a great story about shooting a huge church
    funeral in Los Angeles with a thousand extras, trying
    to get done in time to catch a U2 concert in Anaheim.
    Of course, Steven can't help but to talk about how
    great the concert was. One of the engines that came
    to the rescue during the World Trade Center crisis
    is featured in a New York location fire. This
    is actually one of the better dual-person
    commentaries thanks to the fact that these guys
    have such warm personalities and a great sense of
    humor. I feel really bad about trashing their film.
    Five deleted scenes are presented here.
    They include:
    * As Deed's chopper heads from small town to big
    town a citizen wears a fake cop hat as he holds
    back the crowd. (:28)
    * Aboard the chopper, Sandler tells a story about
    his friend that had his hand chopped off by a
    ceiling fan. (:48)
    * Elevator man and Mr. Deeds exchange some
    jokes. (:21)
    * As Deeds and Dawson walk through town, Dawson
    points to the cherry tree she fell out of. Problem
    is -- it isn't a cheery tree. (:42)
    * The guy who faked a cop in the first deleted
    scene returns as an astronaut. (:19)
    * How does Steve Buscemi most enjoy his pizza?
    Check out where he stuffs it. (:19)
    Would you believe that there are actually three
    featurettes dedicated to this film? Let's
    take a look at them...
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    From Mandrake Falls to Manhattan sort of
    sums of my feelings about this film in its first
    30 seconds. Sandler tells this story about an
    elderly man that approached him and asked what his
    next film project was going to be. When Sandler
    replied, "Mr. Deeds goes to Town", the old man had
    a less-than-enthusiastic reply. Certainly Producer
    Sid Ganis and Director Steven Brill had confidence
    in the actor, as they talk about why they felt
    Sandler fit the part. This featurette compares
    the two films, looking at the elements and issues
    that were updated for this new film and those that
    were not. There are interviews with all the major
    cast members including (gulp!) Reverand Al Sharpton.
    And where did the filmmakers find the perfect town
    to film in? None other than New Milford Connecticut.
    (length: approx. 18 minutes)
    Spare No Expense concentrates on New York,
    the city that became the big contrast for the
    small-town guy. In order to convey the sense of
    wealth, some of the most lavish locations and
    set designs sought for this film. A perfect
    example is the helicopter used in the film, whose
    insides were furnished with a Picasso painting
    amongst the wood and brass walls.
    (length: approx. 6 minutes)
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    Clothes make the man introduces us to
    Costume Designer Ellen Lutter who talks about
    dressing Sandler, Ryder, and the rest of the
    cast. Ryder was a fun experience for the costume
    designer because it was a dual-character role that
    required two styles of clothing. She goes from
    being sleek and sexy in the beginning of the film
    to having a more laid-back look at the end.
    (length: approx. 6.3 minutes)
    The film's original music video, Where
    are you going
    by the Dave Matthews Band is
    presented in its entirety.
    Even the outtakes reel doesn't garner too
    many laughs as we watch cast members try to struggle
    with their lines, find the correct window in a
    fiery blaze, and get the middle fingers properly
    coordinated.
    (length: approx. 1.4 minutes)
    Now this was actually funny! A complete
    set of Deeds Greeting Cards are opened and
    read by the author himself. I just love the Easter
    Card about Grandma's beard.
    Rounding out the extras here are a set of cast
    and director filmographies, as well as
    trailers for Mr. Deeds, Master of
    Disguise, Men in Black II, I spy
    and Adam
    Sandler's 8 Crazy Nights
    (which looks like
    another dud).
    DVD-ROM content lets you view the film
    while reading the script, allows you to read
    more Deeds greeting cards (that you can send to
    others), as well as linking you to the Adam
    Sandler website.
    Final Thoughts
    Mr. Deeds is yet another Sandler project
    that follows an utterly predictable formula with
    absolutely no surprises or laughs. It's totally
    bland and uneventful. Fortunately, for those of
    you that actually enjoyed this film, Columbia has
    provided an eye-opening transfer and a remarkable
    amount of supplemental content.
    To close my review, I'd like to read you my own
    Mr. Deeds greeting card...
    Mr. Deeds is so uninspired
    It leaves me feeling yucky and tired
    Perhaps there's a better use for this screener DVD
    Anyone care to join me in a game of frisbee?

    ...okay, I'll just stick to doing reviews.
    Release Date: October 22, 2002
     
  2. Ron-P

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    Yeah but, it's got my favorite thief in it. Damn! I may just have to buy it anyway.
    Peace Out~[​IMG]
     
  3. Ricky Hustle

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    Since Ron got the bad poetry ball rolling...

    Ron, he said "Yuck!,
    This film really does suck",
    I said "It's got Winona!,
    And she gives me a b**ah"!

    I'll rent it, thanks for the heads-up not to buy it, Ron.
     
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  5. Robert Crawford

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    You've got that right! By the way, the original came out on dvd a couple of years ago and it's a Columbia release.




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    How is the picture quality of the original Mr. Deeds Goes To Town?
     
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    Sandler deserves a medal for dividing critics and audiences so distantly. Nearly every Sandler film has been a hit, and every Sandler film (up to MR. DEEDS) has received critical loathing.

    I like Sandler movies, and MR. DEEDS was a decent one. The plot is about as routine as you get, but Sandler has a charm that can appeal to the masses, whether you are male or female, or young or old. It is also fun watching his films to point out the recurring players, often in heavy disguise (like in the films of PTA). I'd never buy the DVD for this, but I will admit I enjoyed the film for what it was; a Sandler movie. His films consistently pull in 100 million for a reason, they are funny.
     
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    Ron:
    If you are gonna use the disc for a frisbee, why not just give it to me so I don't have to go buy it?? [​IMG]
    ~~Brent
     
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    I personally thought this movie was worth the price of admission and will definately join my collection. Much better than Sandler's other latest fair like Little Nicky and Big Daddy. It was more in the tone of my favorite Sandler flicks like Wedding Singer and Happy Gilmore. Glad to see that the dvd got some great treatment along with some extensive extras.

    So Ron, I couldn't quite figure out if you liked this movie or not. :b
     
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    This is one of those I must purchase this DVD because my wife grew up in New Milford CT type of movies [​IMG]
    So of course we saw it in the theater....The theater in New Milford that you can see in A few scenes in the movie. Apart from the novelty I wasn't that impressed with the movie. I'll always have a soft spot for Adam after Happy Gilmore but his movies have gone way down hill.
     
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    They sure didn't wait on this one did they?
     
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    Chuck, did you post your comment to the right thread? I'm looking, and I don't see any mention of censorship...?
     
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    I thought this film was very enjoyable. Buying it or not depends on you but definitely worth a rental. A lot of laughs found in this movie, but I guess you have to enjoy "stupid funny" type of jokes.
     
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    Tom, the section that you mention in your post regarding censorship in my post, is my signature...not the post itself...
     
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    Can I put my hand where Winona has her hand in the 6th picture? :b
    Sadly, I need to have this just for my Winona "Sticky Fingers" Ryder habit. What she was thinking when she signed onto this, I can't imagine. [​IMG] Maybe she thought she owed Sandler one for putting her in his 'Jews' song....
     
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    IMO, Mr. Deeds is a good movie. I saw this movie on July 6, 2002 (it was a double feature. Men In Black 2 followed by Mr. Deeds). I will add this movie to my collection since it is coming out on DVD in about a week. It's not the best Adam Sandler movie but, IMO, it isn't bad either.
     
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    Comparing this film with the original just isn't a fair treatment. I realize the basic premise is the same, and they did keep some of the names intact, but this is hardly a screwball comedy with themes of the Great Depression, nor should it have been. As a Sandler-esque, all out crazy comedy, I felt it worked great. Does it hold the same weight and significance as the Frank Capra classic? Not at all. Did I laugh consistently throughout the film? Absolutely. I put this right up with the earlier Sandler greats - Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, and The Wedding Singer.
    "Never under-estimate the sneaky-sneaky!" [​IMG]
     
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    Sorry, but when they borrowed the basic premise along with part of the original's title then comparisons are unavoidable.





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    So we shouldn't compare The Waterboy and The Freshman (the Harold Lloyd comedy), The Bachelor and Seven Chances, Psycho 1960 and Psycho 1998...even the 1925 and 1959 versions of Ben-Hur?
     

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