MPAA Rated – PG-13
It’s 1:43 Long
A Review by:
– The Dude on the Right
Movie Stats & Links
|Starring:||Sandra Bullock, Viggo Mortensen, Steve Buscemi|
|Released By:||Columbia Pictures|
|Kiddie Movie:||Most of the humor is adult oriented. Leave them at home.|
|Date Movie:||It’s a good movie for the both of you.|
|Gratuitous Sex:||Nothing gratuitous.|
|Gratuitous Violence:||Not really violence, but a pretty depressing scene is in there.|
|Laughs:||Some chuckles and cute spots.|
|Memorable Scene:||I’d tell you, but it would really spoil it.|
|Memorable Quote:||Too many to write down.|
|Directed By:||Betty Thomas|
|Produced By:||Jenno Topping|
Can you make a movie about an alcoholic that can treat the subject with a little bit of laughter, with a little bit of seriousness, and get a point across without being preachy? Yes, and the answer is the movie “28 Days.”
“28 Days” stars Sandra Bullock as Gwen. She’s a tad out of control, a happy-go-lucky drunk who mostly has been just lucky. Always partying, waking up wondering how she got there and then cracking open a beer, she’s a party girl with a party lifestyle. She’s out of control and she doesn’t know it. But it’s the morning of her sister’s wedding, she’s running late, grabs her boyfriend and a couple of drinks and ruins her sister’s big day. Wouldn’t that be enough? Nope. Let’s add being drunk, stealing a limo to go buy a new wedding cake, and crashing said limo into someone’s living room. That’s enough to land you in jail or rehab and Gwen opts for rehab. She hasn’t hit rock-bottom yet, that comes a few days into rehab, but eventually she sees the world around her and realizes it’s hers to fix, with a little help from her new friends.
I won’t go into the days at rehab because I think most of that is better found out in the movie-going experience, but the movie does give a comical edge to rehab to keep the movie light, while still throwing in some total seriousness to have you connect a little more with the problems the patients are all facing. And Sandra Bullock with the rest of the cast do this well.
This review is a short one other that to say that “28 Days” is a great movie. I loved Sandra Bullock’s portrayal as Gwen and her transition from party-girl to taking responsibility for what she does. It took a subject that is tough to talk about without either sounding preachy or condescending, or totally making a joke out of it or being so depressing you just want a drink, and made a nice movie that both entertains and tells a story. In the end it’s 4 stars out of 5. I really liked the movie and Sandra is quickly becoming one of my favoritist actresses.
That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!