"Yeah, I know I drink a lot, I know I do because I'm a writer and that's what I do, I drink. I'm not like those people out there, I can control myself! I can, if - that - if I wanted to, I could, if I wanted. I can! I can!"
— Gwen Cummings
Gwen doesn't have a problem. She and her boyfriend Jasper just like to have a good time. One Saturday morning after a heavy night of drinking Gwen and Jasper arrive 45 minutes late for Gwen's sister's wedding. Completely drunk and high, Gwen and Jasper dance a little too roughly, knocking over the wedding cake. Gwen insists she will fix it, sheds her icing covered bridesmaid's dress, and hijacks the limousine in a search to replace the missing cake. She ends up driving into a house.Gwen is sentenced to 28 days hard rehab. Thus our story begins.28 Days is a Dramedy film starring Sandra Bullock and directed by Betty Thomas, released in 2000. It explores Gwen's struggles to understand and accept her problem, and also explores the other patients she is in rehab with.Definitely not to be confused with 28 Days Later.
All for Nothing: Andrea is set to go home. She's finished her rehab. Gwen and her friends put on a play and give her some kind words. Andrea dies of an overdose before even leaving the clinic.
Big Screwed-Up Family: Gwen and Lily's father left them when they were young. their mother was a raging alcoholic and probably died because of it. Gwen and Lily were raised by their Aunt. Lily managed to avoid the chemical dependency, but Gwen didn't.
Conveniently Empty Building: Evidently no one was hurt when Gwen crashed into the house, or we would have heard about it. Lampshaded when Cornell tells Gwen that the lawn jockey she ran over could have been a four-year-old.
Precision F-Strike: The writers had to deliberate over the best place for Sandra Bullock to use the F word, it being a PG-13 movie. In the end, they dropped "Fuck Mr. Rogers" and went with the more perfunctory scene in which Bullock's character defends herself in a group circle. "Would you please just BACK THE FUCK OFF?!"
Prison Rape: Jasper reassures Gwen that rehab is a preferable alternative to prison.
Jasper: You never hear about anyone getting raped by a plunger in rehab.
Gwen: Well, no, you don't hear about it because they cover it up.
Reality Ensues: Gwen really is lucky no one got hurt the day of her sister's wedding, or she would be in jail.
"Hey, listen. This isn't the last lousy day you're going to have here."
Take Our Word for It: The back of the DVD case and blurbs say that Gwen is "a successful N.Y. Journalist", but we never see any proof of that, and it doesn't really come up.
Title Confusion: This movie, called 28 Days came out in 2000. The zombie film 28 Days Later came out in 2002. Two years is within a tight, but still reasonable time frame to produce a sequel, so some people did wonder if 28 Days Later was a sequel - until the trailers came out. 28 Days Later went on to become a big hit, spawning its own also-similarly-named sequel 28 Weeks Later. 28 Days, however, is less well known.
Title Drop: When it's mentioned how long Gwen's court-ordered treatment must last.