Mr Deeds – Edited

Theatrical Release: June 28, 2002
DVD Release: January 5, 2004


Note: six minutes of objectionable content has been removed in this edited version. Adam Sandler stars in this updated version of the 1936 classic comedy Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. When a New York media mogul dies, the frantic search for his closest heir turns up a great-nephew, Longfellow Deeds (Sandler). A popular member of the small town of Mandrake Falls, New Hampshire, Deeds owns the local pizza parlor and writes poems he hopes will be used by Hallmark Cards. Although amazed by news of his forty billion dollar inheritance, Deeds remains rooted in his small town values. Chuck Cedar (Peter Gallagher), CEO of the media conglomerate is hoping to dazzle Deeds with New York high life long enough to buy out Deeds stock shares and own the company. Babe Bennett (Winona Ryder), reporter for a local tabloid television wants to know more about the mysterious benefactor of the mogul’s estate. Pretending to be Pam Dawson, a school nurse from a small town in Iowa, Babe dates Deeds and learns more than she wanted to know. In fact, she discovers his honesty and good acts are the real thing, which challenges her idea about truth. Emilio (John Turturro), long time valet for the mogul, helps Deeds discover more about his great-uncle, but it’s Babe that turns up the real surprise. A new generation will enjoy this humorous contrast of values.

Dove Review

Adam Sandler (Deeds) is an all-around nice guy. He is honest and caring toward everyone, as well as warm and giving. He is well loved in his hometown, where he demonstrates kindness to people in various ways. When approached and informed that his uncle left him $40 billion, he is unphased. He does, however, go along to New York to check things out. Despite having unlimited funds, Deeds continues to enjoy people and also enjoy life in general. He is intelligent, yet simple, and overall an enjoyable character to watch. He is happy to discover that his uncle was also a good guy who tried to always do the right thing. When Deeds finds that he had been lied to by Winona Ryder (Babe), he is hurt and disillusioned. He donates the entire $40 billion to charity and returns to his former life. Babe is affected by all of this and is forced to look at her own life and “who she is.” In the end, the greedy “bad guy” loses, and the forgiven Babe follows Deeds back to his small town with a happily-ever-after ending.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Writer: Clarence Budington Kelland and Robert Riskin
Director: Steven Brill
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 85 min.
Starring: Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder, John Tururro, Peter Gallagher, Jared Harris, Erick Avari, Peter Dante and Conchata Ferrell
Reviewer: Linda Eagle