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28 Days [DVD] [2000]


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  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Viggo Mortensen, Dominic West, Elizabeth Perkins, Azura Skye
  • Directors: Betty Thomas
  • Writers: Susannah Grant
  • Producers: Celia D. Costas, Jenno Topping
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Uca Catalogue
  • DVD Release Date: 12 April 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XLW26
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,463 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When her alcoholic misdemeanors land her in court on a drunk-driving charge, Gwen Cummings (Sandra Bullock) is sentenced to 28 days in rehab. Arriving at the clinic, Gwen at first resists the discipline and emotional honesty required by her treatment, but she soon forms bonds with the other inmates and builds up the courage to tackle her problem. Also starring Steve Buscemi, Viggo Mortensen and Elizabeth Perkins.

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To appreciate 28 Days, it's best to be thankful that director Betty Thomas hasn't forced Sandra Bullock into a remake of Clean and Sober. Instead Thomas has balanced her comedic sensibility (evident in Dr. Dolittle and Private Parts) with the seriousness of alcoholism and substance abuse, and she succeeds without compromising the gravity of the subject matter. Some critics have scoffed at the movie's breezy, formulaic portrait of 27-year-old boozer and pill-popper Gwen Cummings (Bullock), but this smooth-running star vehicle does for Bullock what Erin Brockovich did for Julia Roberts, focusing her appeal in a substantial role without taxing the limits of her talent. It's no wonder that Susannah Grant (who wrote both films) was one of the hottest new screenwriters of 1999. She writes "Hollywood Lite" without insulting anyone's intelligence.

As played by Bullock, Gwen is an alcoholic in denial whose latest bender with boozer boyfriend Jasper (Dominic West) ruins the wedding of her sister (Elizabeth Perkins) and lands her in a month-long rehab program with the requisite gang of struggling drunks and junkies. Newcomer Alan Tudyk steals his scenes as a gay German rehabber who might've dropped in from a Berlin performance-art exhibit, and Steve Buscemi aptly conveys the weary commitment of a counsellor who's seen it all. Thomas has surrounded Bullock with a sharp ensemble, and the addition of singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III (as a kind of Greek chorus crooner) is sublimely inspired. Certainly no surprises here--the warring sisters will reconcile, and at least one rehabber will fail to recover--but there's ample pleasure to be found in Bullock's finely tuned performance, and in Thomas's inclusion of flashbacks and tangents that add depth and laughter in just the right dosage. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Seamus Martin on 29 Mar 2005
Format: DVD
Sandra Bullock plays a habitually drunk or hung-over, pill popping party girl who arrives late and dishevelled for her sister's wedding and dances so wildly that she goes careering into the cake. In an attempt to buy a replacement, she then steals the wedding limo and ends up sentenced to 28 days in rehab for crashing it into a house. So far, so wild and outrageous. The bulk of this thoughtful movie deals with her character's efforts to get sober, despite her carefree boyfriend's sabotaging visits. There is a fine ensemble performance from her fellow inmates. Steve Buscemi also puts in brief appearances as her counsellor. This is not Bullock's usual light-hearted fare. She shows she can cut it in a serious role too. Worth watching.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jan 2005
Format: DVD
This is the kind of film that everyone would like... Its the kind of thing you could watch during the day for something to do, its easy going, lighthearted, and makes you laugh.
Sandra Bullock plays 'Gwen' a woman who lives her life from party to hangover to party again- and as a result of getting wasted at her sisters wedding, and behaving badly she is asked to spend 28 days in rehab.- It might sound depressing, but it really isnt, its very very funny...
A well done movie with a subtle message...
Essential DVD
A*****
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 May 2001
Format: DVD
Although this is a very serious subject, the film does not make light of it in any way. Bullock is perfect in this role as the outrageous sister who's cake splattering antics ruin her sister's wedding. Buscemi is the 'seen it all' counsellor whom she has to fight to stay put, and although his part isn't huge, he's almost the sober voice of God in her struggle to become clean. However, if we're talking howls of laughter here, then the prize goes to the camp German guy, who was just so wonderful I can't begin to describe him. It's almost worth watching this just to see what he's going to say next. All in all - kind of predictable in places, but Bullock is so watchable, you don't want the film to end.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Emma Simpson on 1 April 2006
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Sandra Bullock usually has a pretty reliable formula in films - a bit ditzy, hippy-ish, lovable and girly while kicking butt the whole time. Not here - In 28 Days she plays an entirely different character, and the result is quite surprising. This is a great film that takes you through the trials of addiction, but not at all in a depressing way. In fact, considering the subject it's actually really uplifting as you follow Gwen (Bullock) through coming to terms with her problems and learning to help herself. You laugh, you cry, you think about it and you come away feeling pretty good. It's good in that it doesn't try to preach to you or impart some cheesy moral, but still makes you think about addiction without being too serious.
If you're a fan of Sandra Bullock's more conventional style movies then it does take a few minutes to adjust to Gwen's persona & a more serious plot line, & for a while you can't help but expect a lighthearted chick flick. Do stick with it, Bullock pulls it off much better than you'd expect.
This is a fab film & well worth watching, especially if you're already a Bullock fan. It does have a good few funny moments & makes for enjoyable viewing, & doesn't ruin its originality with any expected romance sub-plots - all in all it's a great film & definitely worth a look.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Jan 2003
This was a great film to watch. Sandra Bullock plays Gwen Cummings who has a drink problem but hasn't realised it/won't admit it. At here sisters wedding she turns up late and drunk. But she doesn't stop, the wedding is a bit of disaster with Gwen wrecking the cake. She goes to find another cake and ends up crashing a car... drunk. She then has to spend 28 days in rehab, hence the name 28 Days! Its got humour, emotion and a message about life. Its even funnier to watch with friends but just as funny watching it on your own. Viggo Mortenson plays a good part too, didn't recognise him to start with!
Very good film, recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Dec 2000
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Sandra Bullock just never fails to impress me! She was sensational in Speed, incredibly cute in While you were sleeping and brilliant in Demolition Man. Now she's come back with a film to rival them all. Playing another character that you inevitabely fall in love with (as is always the case with any Sandra Bullock character it seems)she pulls off a truely heartwarming and genuinly funny film that will have you reaching for the DVD time and time again! A real must for all Sandra Bullock fans and a great first film to see if you are still unknown to the wonder that is Sandra! Definitely recommend!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Sep 2003
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Sandra Bullock is brilliantly casted as main character Gwen in this equally brilliant film! Gwen is a wild girl who doesn't seem to notice that her partying and drinking is getting out of hand until she ruins her sisters wedding and crashes a car while she's drunk. She then has to spend 28 days in rehab or she'll have to go to jail otherwise. This films potrays how serious addictions are and the hell that addicts go through. You don't just finish watching it and think 'that was a good film', along with that you start to think about life in general and people who are in Gwens situation (both the adult and child Gwen). Although the film is serious in some parts, there are also some very funny moments which lightens the film up nicely. Look out for a german man with glasses in it - he is hilarious and has all the best comedy lines!
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