027: We Tried to Watch Mr. Deeds
Premise: A sweet-natured, small-town guy inherits a controlling stake in a media conglomerate and begins to do business his way.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 22%
This Happy Maddison film isn’t as offensive as previous contenders — we’re looking at you Master of Disguise — but it’s not a standout picture.
Even with Adam Sandler giving an insincere performance, Winona Ryder playing a one-note character, and John Turturro playing a weird, stereotypical Latino character, this film has all the makings of a groan-worthy film. However, Mr. Deeds is basically just boring.
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Premise: A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory.
Up until this point, the most recognized spy thrillers were the James Bond movies, but at this point in history were the cheesy Pierce Brosnan films. With The Bourne Identity, we were introduced to a frantic, stylistic world that reflected our concerns in a post-9/11 society.
From the very start, what The Bourne Identity does right is leave you as confused and in the dark as the main character. As he learns more about himself, the audience does, too.
This comes to a head from the moment Clive Owen’s assassin shows up to take out Bourne. We’re walking with Bourne as he implements his counter-attack, yet we’re figuring out his actions at the same time as the assassin.