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Still shot from the movie: Mr. Deeds.

Mr. Deeds

When a pair of corporate moguls arrives at Longfellow Deeds' (Adam Sandler) small town pizzeria informing him of a $40 billion inheritance, the trusting shop owner agrees to accompany them to New York City and "sign a few papers," unaware of the businessmen's plan to prevent the simpleton from meddling in executive management. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C-
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: C-
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: C
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MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Director Steven Brill says: “It’s nice to see a lead character who is actually decent and not corrupt or morally bankrupt in any way. And on top of that, there’s tons of jokes and funny set pieces and great performances.”

Do you think the character of Mr. Deeds is a positive role model? What is his motivation in punching people? As a whole, do you think the movie is a serious attempt to convey a message about Deeds’ honorable character, or is the lead man simply a foil to provide comedic contrast for the many strange characters surrounding him?

In his autobiography, Frank Capra said: “Beginning with Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, my films had to say something. From then on my scripts would … integrate ideals and entertainment into a meaningful tale.” Based on this statement, how do you think Capra would react to the new Mr. Deeds?

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