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Film: Mr. Deeds

Mr. Deeds is a 2002 romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler. It is loosely based on Mr. Deeds Goes to Town.


Tropes include:

  • Accidental Truth: A small Brick Joke in the movie. Babe/Miss Dawson claimed to be from Winchestertonfieldville Iowa. It was a flat out lie, but Deeds manages to actually find the place. Especially the house she described.
  • The Ace: Deeds himself.
  • Adam Westing: John McEnroe.
  • Alliterative Name: Babe Bennett continues the trend for Sandler's love interests, though unlike some of the others, her initials aren't V.V.
  • Big Good: With or without money, Mr. Deeds always finds a way to invoke this trope. He even goes as far as rescue a woman and all of her cats from a tall, burning apartment building.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Early in the movie, Emilio claims that Preston Blake always treated him like a son. Guess who turns out to be Blake's illegitimate son at the end?
  • Cool Old Guy: Blake is arguably considered this according to Emilio, and to top it off he dies scaling a mountain, with a smile on his face.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Chuck Cedar.
  • Crying Wolf: Tabloid journalist Babe Bennett pretends to be a Distressed Damsel, getting mugged in order to meet Deeds and dig up dirt on him. Later, when she is really in trouble, he doesn't believe her.
  • Flipping the Bird: "ˇOlé!"
  • Funny Foreigner: Emilio
  • Go Out with a Smile: Preston Blake did.
  • Groin Attack: Does not work on Jan, apparently whatever's down there is not normal.
  • Heel Realization: Babe has a very emotional one when she realizes she is falling for Deeds, in spite of having lied to him about everything.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: When Deeds rescues a woman and her seven cats from a burning building, the TV tabloid show for which Babe works makes it look as if he killed the cats and sexually assaulted the woman.
  • Honor Before Reason: This following line plays with this trope.
    Deeds: If it weren't for Miss Dawson being here, I'd probably knock your heads in.
    Babe: Oh I don't mind.
    Deeds: Ok *Cue Curb-Stomp Battle.*
  • Human Popsicle: Preston Blake was found as this on Mount Everest, kicking off the entire plot.
  • Jerk Ass: Mac, Babe's boss, as well as Chuck Cedar
    • The fake mugger qualifies after what he did to get Deeds out of the way just to win Babe's love.
  • Karma Houdini: Mac. He humiliates Deeds on multiple occasions and blows Babe's cover just because he can. NEVER gets any sort of punishment.
  • Love Redeems: Babe.
  • Malicious Slander: Again, Mac. See Karma Houdini above.
  • Mama Bear: Jan was willing to cut Pam/Babe for hurting Deeds....with a pizza cutter of all things.
  • Mood Whiplash: When Deeds makes Emilio puncture his "black foot":
    YOU'RE SICK! YOU'RE SICK! WHY WOULD YOU DO THA-aaaaa I'm just kiddin'.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: What Deeds gives to Babe's "mugger".
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Emilo, almost to supernatural levels. Able to go from standing right next to Chuck Cedar all the way to a balcony several hundred meters away in a matter of seconds without being seen. Mostly, this is just for Rule of Funny.
  • Product Placement: The gratuitous trip to Wendy's.
  • Rescue Romance: Deeds states that this is how his father met his mother, and this is how he himself meets Babe. Subverted in the latter case, however, as her mugger was a friend of hers putting on an act.
  • Rich Bitch: Inverted. Deeds may have a multi-million dollar inheritance, but that does not stop him from being so kind to others. See Big Good above.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: Deeds as the rich suitor; Babe's coworker and fake mugger as the poor suitor.
  • Seamless Spontaneous Lie: Babe's lie about Little Winchestertonfieldville, Iowa turns out to mostly come true, and Deeds is too naive to notice the inconsistencies.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Emilio makes this a Running Gag.
  • Throw It In: Deeds's faux-agony over Emilio puncturing his foot was ad-libbed by Sandler, without telling John Turturro, whose reaction is genuine.
  • Unexpected Inheritance: Deeds had no idea his mother had a wealthy uncle before said uncle died. And Emilio is just as shocked to learn he's Preston Blake's illegitimate son.
  • Wrestler in All of Us

Minority ReportFilms of 2000 - 2004 Morvern Callar

alternative title(s): Mr Deeds
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