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28 Days (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 14 April 2000 (USA)
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A big-city newspaper columnist is forced to enter a drug and alcohol rehab center after ruining her sister's wedding and crashing a stolen limousine.

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Betty Thomas

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Susannah Grant
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Bullock ... Gwen Cummings
Viggo Mortensen ... Eddie Boone
Dominic West ... Jasper
Elizabeth Perkins ... Lily
Azura Skye ... Andrea
Steve Buscemi ... Cornell
Alan Tudyk ... Gerhardt
Mike O'Malley ... Oliver (as Michael O'Malley)
Marianne Jean-Baptiste ... Roshanda
Reni Santoni ... Daniel
Diane Ladd ... Bobbie Jean
Margo Martindale ... Betty
Susan Krebs ... Evelyn
Loudon Wainwright III ... Guitar Guy
Katie Scharf ... Young Gwen
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Storyline

New York based writer Gwen Cummings knows that she drinks a lot but doesn't believe it's a problem, and if she decides that it is an issue that she could stop drinking on her own. She and her live-in boyfriend Jasper fuel each other's hyperactivity with this excessive alcohol consumption, "a normal life" is not in either's vocabulary. Between Gwen and her older straight-laced sister Lily, Gwen more closely resembles their larger than life mother, who was also an alcoholic and who died because of that when they were children. Lily believes that Gwen's addictions makes her a difficult if not impossible person to love. While Gwen is in a drunken stupor at Lily's wedding, Gwen causes one issue after another, ruining the day for Lily. Gwen is forced to examine her drinking with the culmination of bad events she caused at the wedding, leading to her being court ordered to enter into rehab or jail for twenty-eight days, which is only marginally more tolerable an idea to her than the ... Written by Huggo

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The Life of the Party... before she got a life.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving substance abuse, language and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

28 Days See more »

Filming Locations:

Asheville, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$43,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,310,672, 16 April 2000

Gross USA:

$37,170,488

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,198,945
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Having sex in the handicap elevator is based on a true story of sex addicts in rehab sneaking off to have sex in the handicap elevator. They thought it was the one place they would not get caught. See more »

Goofs

When Gwen is talking to her sister by the lake, we see them embrace before it cuts to a shot of their reflection in the lake. In the reflection Gwen has sunglasses on her head - which she wasn't wearing before that shot. See more »

Quotes

[after Andrea has cut herself]
Andrea: Just so you know, I wasn't trying to off myself or anything.
Gwen Cummings: Okay.
Andrea: It's just something I do sometimes.
Gwen Cummings: Doesn't it hurt?
Andrea: Feels better.
Gwen Cummings: Than what?
Andrea: Everything else.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits a scene is shown where a new patient is arriving at rehab. The new patient is the actor playing Falcon in the soap Santa Cruz which is the favorite of both Eddie Boone and Andrea. Eddie Boone asks Falcon for an autograph. See more »

Alternate Versions

TV version changes Gerhardt's greatest wish. In the original it is to have his foreskin back, this is changed to wishing for an 'Abba (I)' box set. See more »

Connections

References Dateline NBC (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Days Are Here Again
(1929)
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Performed by Mitch Miller
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Accurate and smart; great performance by Sandra Bullock. *** out of ****.
4 May 2000 | by Movie-12See all my reviews

28 DAYS / (2000) ***

"28 Days" is one of the most accurate movies about alcoholism and drug addiction I can remember. The film does not glamorize or poke fun at its thematic content, but instead shimmers in truth depicting the problems in which a nowhere life can lead. Why would anyone want to see a movie about someone spending time in rehab, regardless of how well crafted it is? Because "28 Days" is an interesting, sometimes funny, and involving tale with empathetic, down to earth characters. Do not let this production pass by you without a watch.

The film's main character is named Gwen Cummings and is played by the talented Sandra Bullock. She lives a wild, crazy life with her boyfriend, Jasper (Dominic West). Gwen is an alcoholic and a drug addict, and does not get much support from her similar love interest. As the movie opens, the two get drunk at a club, come home, have sex, and put out a fire with wine. The next day, Gwen arrives late to her sister's wedding, only to destroy an expensive dessert and crash a limousine into a house.

The Gwen Cummings character is developed clearly and effectively. We learn about her lifestyle, recognize faults, and are shown a dark history through painfully real flashbacks. This is one of the things that make "28 Days" so involving. We discover elements about the character and notice inner changes as she learns of them herself. I really cared about this character.

Gwen is given a choice, she can serve jail time for her wrongdoing or can waive that and spend 28 days in a rehab clinic. She chooses rehab. The head counselor is Cornell (Steve Buscemi), who shows empathy but also coyness. Also present at his heath clinic is an assortment of characters who sing sappy melodies and share group love, including Daniel (Reni Santoni), with thick glasses and medical capabilities, Andrea (Azura Skye), Gwen's young roommate, and Eddie Boone (Viggo Mortensen), a famous baseball pitcher with a drinking problem.

Gwen's experiences in rehab seem truthful and accurate. Her withdrawals and agonies are realistic and knowledgeable. It is obvious the filmmakers and Sandra Bullock thoroughly researched the stresses and details of rehab.

Sandra Bullock performs with the right amount of immaturity and charisma. This wonderful actress is set free in this kind of heart filled role; she is best when the main character. Here, Gwen is free to tread the surface of the movie and still allows other characters to contribute to her defining.

About half way through, the movie losses its much needed focus on Gwen and drifts into detailing relationships, friendships, and other characters. While most of the events that take place surround Gwen, the movie was on the right track with its first half. "28 Days" is smart enough to recognize its blunder, however, and by the final scenes it regains the emotionally correct material and concludes with high standards.

The filmmakers are advertising it as a comedy, but only an isolation of sequences offer hilarity or slapstick. This movie teaches us lessons through its characters. And the lessons are well taught.


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