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Mr. Deeds (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: June 26, 2002
CAP Score: 42
CAP Influence Density: 1.39
MR. DEEDS (PG-13) -- From that deception grows love.
Production: Columbia Pictures Corporation, Happy Madison, New Line Cinema, Out of the Blue... Entertainment
Distribution: Columbia Pictures, New Line Cinema, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director(s): Steven Brill
Producer(s): Joseph M. Caracciolo, Allen Covert, Sidney Ganis, Jack Giarraputo, Adam Sandler, Alex Siskin
Written by/Screenplay: Clarence Budington Kelland (short story Opera Hat), Robert Riskin (film Mr. Deeds Goes to Town), Tim Herlihy (screenplay)
Cinematography/Camera: Peter Lyons Collister
Music: Teddy Castellucci, Dave Matthews (song), Pete Townshend (song "Let My Love Open the Door")
Film Editing: Jeff Gourson
Casting: Roger Mussenden
Production Design: Perry Andelin Blake
Art Direction: Steve Carter, Stephen McCabe
In an act of devil-may-care, daring-do defiance of severe weather and in defiance of the strong advice of his mountain climbing chief, Preston Blake (Harve Presnell), CEO of multi-billion dollar Blake Media throws caution to the wind -- snow storm wind -- and continues to the top of Mt. Everest without the rest of the climbing party. Mr. Blake is next seen frozen to the very tiptop rock of Mt. Everest. He made it, but he didn't. Blake left a f-o-r-t-u-n-e ... $40 billion.
After a wicked extensive search, wicked Chuck Cedar (Peter Gallagher) and pipe chewing Cecil Anderson (Erick Avari) of Blake Media find the only known living relative of Preston Blake in Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler). Preston is Longfellow's great uncle. Longfellow, who would rather be called just Deeds, owns a pizza shop in Mandrake Falls, New Hampshire. During pizza deliveries by Deeds, Cedar and Anderson explain the message ... your are rich, $40 billion rich. Deeds' reaction was more of "Excuse me" while he reaches around Cedar and Anderson to deliver one of his pizzas to Crazy Eyes (Steve Buscemi) in jail. After a lengthy dissertation of the importance and magnitude of Deeds' inheritance, Cedar and Anderson convince the country bumpkin to come to New York with them to sign some bothersome but necessary papers for the piddly nuisance issue of control of the Blake empire. Little does Deeds know that Cedar is trying to sell off Blake Media a piece at a time, never mind the 50,000 jobs that would be lost. But to do that, Cedar needs Deeds' controlling ownership.
Arriving in New York by Blake helicopter, the secrecy Cedar was trying to maintain about who got the Blake billions is broken by an enterprising photographer of a tabloid trash TV show "Instant Access" run by a wicked nogoodnik Mac McGrath (Jared Harris) with Babe Bennett (Winona Ryder) as one of its producers. Babe takes an "I'm all over it" approach regrading finding out some dirt about Deeds. To do that, Bennett believes she needs to become Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farms to match the nuts-n-bolts, down-to-earth, salt-of-the-earth country boy character of Deeds. So, to assume a wholesome and pure sweetness to match of Deeds' character, Babe becomes Pam Dawson, virgin school nurse from (I believe) Willmingtonfieldsville. Dawson stages a mugging using officemate Marty (Allen Covert), who later shows the world his backside -- all of it, head to toe. Playing the weak and helpless damsel in distress is sure to be a sure lure for the innocent country boy types. And it works. From that deception grows love.
Though Willmingtonfieldsville was a lie of Bennett's (only one of many lies), Deeds finds it. And takes Bennett - er - Dawson to it. Strangely enough, nobody in Willmingtofieldsville remembers her. Dawson spoke to Deeds of her childhood in a special house with pillars on the porch and blue window shutters. Deeds finds it ... in Willmingtonflieldswille. Knocking on the door, three young boys let Deeds and Bennett/Dawson enter. Now there is a fine example to set for the 13 year olds and younger watching the show, especially when Bennett saves the life of one of the boys with the Heimlich Maneuver . Alas, the boys reveal that their father built the house six years ago. Still, the bumpkin in Deeds wants to believe the love of his life.
The trailer scene with the servant brutalizing Deeds' right foot is of Deed's inherited manservant, Emilio (John Turturro) who was manservant to Preston Blake for 30 years. Inherit the money, inherit the manservant I guess. Emilio is a little odd. He has a fetish for feet. He kept trying to find a reason to touch Deeds' feet. Also as part of the oddness, Emilio is faster than Speedy Gonzales. Here one moment, gone the next -- with a whoosh! However, Emilio plays another and a much more significant role in Deeds' life which I will not spoil for you if you chose to sit through this R-13 bare backside bonanza of boiler room language and sexual improprieties.
Among the programming making this a R-13 includes 37 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, three uses of the most foul of the foul words and no uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive but 13 without it [Prov. 22:11, Cor. 8:7]. While the only nudity is the entire backside of Allen Covert (while rubbing his gluteous maximi under a shower), the number of sexual innuendo, comments, talk and crude comedy earned this movie a Sex/Homosexuality Investigation Area score of 29 out of 100 [Gal. 5:19]. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will reveal all that was found. Please consider it somberly before deciding whether to let your kids watch this show.
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Offense to God (O)(2):
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