28 Days

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"The Life of the Party... before she got a life."
  • PG-13
  • 2000
  • 1 hr 44 min
  • 6.1  (53,971)
  • 46

In the year 2000, the film industry saw the release of the movie '28 Days', directed by Betty Thomas and starring Sandra Bullock, Viggo Mortensen, and Dominic West. This movie is a drama-comedy that tells the story of a woman named Gwen Cummings (Sandra Bullock), who is sent to rehab after crashing her sister's wedding while under the influence of alcohol.

The movie begins with Gwen, a successful journalist living in New York City, who enjoys drinking and living the high life. After attending her sister's wedding where she gets drunk and drives a stolen limousine into a house, Gwen is arrested and sent to rehab for 28 days. At first, Gwen is resistant to the rehab process and feels that she doesn't belong there, but slowly she begins to come to terms with her addiction and starts to understand the struggles of those around her.

While in rehab, Gwen meets a diverse group of people, including recovering addicts like Eddie Boone (Viggo Mortensen) and Gerhardt (Alan Tudyk), as well as supportive and understanding rehab workers like Cornell (Steve Buscemi) and Andrea (Elizabeth Perkins). The rehab facility also has its share of unforgiving and unsympathetic workers like the strict counselor, Cornell's boss, and Gwen's mom, who doesn't believe Gwen has a problem and insists on taking her home before completing the program.

Throughout the movie, we see Gwen's struggles to overcome her addiction, including a relapse when she sneaks out to go drinking with her boyfriend Jasper (Dominic West). We also see the relationships she builds with her fellow rehab attendees, as well as her evolving relationship with her sister Lily (Elizabeth Perkins) and her mother (Diane Ladd). Gwen gradually realizes the importance of these relationships as her support system, and also becomes more accepting of her addiction.

Overall, '28 Days' is a poignant and humorous portrayal of how addiction can affect an individual's life and the importance of seeking help. Sandra Bullock's performance as the flawed and endearing Gwen Cummings is outstanding and helped make the movie an impactful story of addiction and recovery. Viggo Mortensen's portrayal of Eddie Boone, a former baseball player struggling with addiction, is also a highlight, as his character provides an interesting perspective on the challenges faced by those recovering from addiction.

One of the main strengths of '28 Days' is its ability to balance comedy and drama in a way that keeps the audience engaged throughout. The movie is not overly preachy or heavy-handed, but rather presents the struggles of addiction in a way that is relatable and accessible. It highlights the importance of a support system, forgiveness, and individual responsibility in the recovery process.

In conclusion, '28 Days' is a well-crafted movie that explores the themes of addiction, recovery, and redemption with sincerity and heart. It features a strong cast of actors who deliver standout performances, particularly Sandra Bullock as the lead character Gwen Cummings. The movie provides a realistic and nuanced look at the complex issues surrounding addiction and offers hope and inspiration for those in recovery.

28 Days is a 2000 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 44 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1 and a MetaScore of 46.

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    6.1  (53,971)
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