Small town kid, big time right hook.
In this goofy remake of Frank Capra's 1936 Mr Deeds Goes To Town, Adam Sandler is Longfellow Deeds, a loveable smalltown eccentric who inherits $40 billion and the controlling stake in a multimedia empire owned by an unknown uncle. Howevever, the slick M.D. of his uncle's businesses (Peter Gallagher), has plans to dispose of the empire to make a quick megabuck. Meanwhile, no-nonsense female reporter Babe Bennett (Winona Ryder) falls for the charms of Deeds when she's assigned to write an expose on him.
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After a misunderstanding aboard an airplane that escalates out of control, the mild-mannered Dave Buznik is ordered by Judge Daniels to attend anger management sessions run by Doctor Buddy Rydell, which are filled with highly eccentric and volatile men and women. Buddy's unorthodox approach to therapy is confrontational and abrasive and Dave is bewildered by it. Then, after yet another mishap, Judge Daniels orders Dave to step up his therapy or wind up in jail. So, Buddy moves in with Dave to help him battle his inner demons. Buddy himself has no inner demons since he acts out at every opportunity and that includes making lewd comments about Dave's girlfriend Linda and goading Dave into confronting every slight, past or present, head-on. But Buddy finally goes too far and Dave must decide whether to crawl back into his shell or stand up for himself. Could it be that Buddy's confounding and contradictory treatment is just what the doctor ordered?
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