Starring: Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder,
Peter Gallagher, Jared Harris, John Turturro, and Steve Buscemi
Directed by: Steven Brill
you're a screenwriter and you need a new film for Adam Sandler.
You'll want to go back to the tried and true; the silliness
of Water Boy, the canned but effective outbursts of Happy
Gilmore and avoid mention of the Sandler Slip Little
.the only film I enjoyed by the man. So what
do you do? Find an old film at Blockbuster and "adapt"
it. Great idea.
this case the "retelling" is the Frank Capra classic
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, starring that adorable legend
Gary Cooper. Are you getting that ping of pain in your stomach
yet? I admit it Sandler is not my cup-o-Joe. His comedy is a
tad too quasi-cerebral and fart jokey for me. The real guy I
love. Ad's a nice man with a heart of gold. We just disagree
on his film personas. But who am I? I know his fans will even
raise an eyebrow at this ill attempt at comedy riddled with
the patented Adam Sandler smirk and gosh-golly -me responses.
story is one that's been beaten to a pulp a billion times before.
Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler) is a regular schmuck working
and living his life. He owns a small pizza parlor and moonlights
as an aspiring greeting card writer (hardy har) Then he inherits
40 billion dollars and the reigns of a multi-billion dollar
media company (think Wiiliam R. Hearst). So he leaves behind
his normal oh-so-mundane-poor-loser-doesn't-know-he's-a-loser
life for the big city; partly because Maine is too dull to squander
40 billion bucks, partly so we can watch him fumble and succeed
at big business and partly because the first Deeds did.
Sorry, where was I? Right babbling about a movie that already
robbed me of precious hours of my chickbabe life!
in New York - please insert huge apartment, servants the whole
Trading Places look for a visual - Deeds saves a young and beautiful
gal from a mugger's attack. Hmm, it's act two must be the love
Babe Bennet (Winona - catering might be a better career choice
- Ryder) a wilting flower of a girl. Ha. Babe's an ambitchous
journalist that works for a tabloid. She'd do anything for the
story on Deeds....but just can't seem to help but fall for the
quirky simple fellow. Can their new love withstand his new found
it that's the story. But it's a comedy and we don't need plot
twists and clever character developments
and we certainly
don't get them. Hey I'm no snob I still roar over the
bean scene in Blazing Saddles!
we do get is the once unthinkable, bad performances bad John
Turturro and Steve Buscemi. They each have Commander McObvious
SNL type characters designed for the gag. Of course the writer
meant sight gag not actual gagging complete with acid
reflux! YECH and shame on you boys.
Peter Gallagher, who shows as Deeds' corporate nemisis Chuck
Cedar, is wasted too. Pete's a great underrated talent. Somebody
cast this man in something worthy would ya?
are about four laughs in the thing, and that's not good when
your Adam Sandler
.now if he were Tom Green and the film
had a whole four laughs it would be worthy of a full page ad
in Variety and ticker tape parade but Adam? He's better than
this film le poo.
recommendation: Pizza and videos at home
Adam Sandler night filled with his old funny when-he-was-still-fresh