Longfellow Deeds in “Mr. Deeds” (2002)
Sandler’s naivety skews sweet as a pizzeria owner from New Hampshire called to New York City to inherit mountains of money from his uncle—a media tycoon who died on Mount Everest. Being targeted by men who want his money, and female reporters who want the scoop on the new rich boy in town, Longfellow turns out to be a genuinely kind and caring guy. He’s the good-hearted innocent who stumbles into fortune. In almost all his films, Sandler plays an outsider, and in “Mr. Deeds” that turns out to be a good thing as Deeds reminds cynical city folk just what it means to be a good person.