28 Days [DVD] 
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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.
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 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: DVD.
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Very good film, recommended!
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...
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.
Sandra Bullock is one of those actors that you can't help but like. Here she is in a more serious role as Gwen,who is a very lively drunk who appears to be laughing and having a great time and people around her appear to be having an equally great time.
However, we see the layers of the onion gradually being peeled away. She turns up late and already drunk at her sister's wedding, smashes the wedding cake and then steals and crashes the wedding limo while attempting to buy another cake. She exercises a choice after this by going to Serenity Glen rehabilitation centre for 28 days rather than go to prison. The setting of the centre is truly beautiful with a lovely lake and woods. However, the experience appears be as uncomfortable and cheesy to the audience as it does to Gwen. There is chanting and lectures and many of the other inmates are a strange mixture of embittered and cynical people. Gwen is also held back by her charming but irresponsible boyfriend (played by Dominic West).
Gradually, Gwen starts to confront her demons. It turns out that her mother was a similar fun drunk like Gwen, who frequently passed out and eventually died when her children were still young. Gwen's sister, despite having the same upbringing has become much more buttoned up and seemingly in control but also very judgemental of her sister. In many ways, these are the most painful moments of the film to watch.
It's not all grim though. There is plenty of comedy along with the seriousness with a strange fixation with a dreadful American soap opera.
The film is hopeful and is one that I am happy to watch again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
nice film. Sandra Bullock is always a great actress. At moments the film becomes funny, making such a heavy subject, like the addiction lighter.Published 7 months ago by Laura79