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The story of Gwen Cummings, a successful New York writer living in the fast lane and everyone's favorite party girl - until she gets drunk with boyfriend Jasper, borrows her sister's wedding limo and earns herself a stay in court-ordered rehab. There, Gwen comes face to face with a unique set of rules and rituals embraced by an assortment of interesting characters.
Drama Comedy - 28 Days is a comedy-drama about characters in alcohol and
rehabilitation. Fans of Sandra Bullock may be most likely to enjoy
the film, though the role is not typical for her. Some viewers will
likely find the story slow and somewhat manipulative, but the comedy
could appeal to those who like feel-good stories.
PROFANITY: Strong and moderately frequent SEX/NUDITY: Brief nudity; some sexual content VIOLENCE: A punch, some self-inflicted violence DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent scenes of alcohol use, some drug use ACTION: A car accident; an attempt to crawl out a window COMEDY: Somewhat dark comedy based on addiction
I've got to hand it to director Betty Thomas for lending 28 Days a little dark edge, and to screenwriter Susannah Grant for delivering a few more solid laughs than I was expecting. Unfortunately, they're still not able to overcome the basic flaws in their story. There are more than a few good gags to be
found in the interaction between the support group members, but there's
nothing driving the narrative forward once Gwen decides to go straight.
It's not that the process of recovery ends with one decision, of course.
In 28 Days, however, the process of drama does end with that one
descision, leaving the film to grab at relationships and confrontations
that never go anywhere.
Gwen Cummings (Sandra Bullock) is a successful New York writer living in the fast lane and everyone's
favorite party girl - until she gets drunk with boyfriend Jasper (Dominic West),
borrows her sister's (Elizabeth Perkins) wedding limo and earns herself a stay
in court-ordered rehab.
There, Gwen comes face to face with a unique set of rules and rituals
embraced by an assortment of interesting characters - Counselor Cornell (Steve
Buscemi) and fellow re-habbers Eddie (Viggo Mortensen), Gerhardt (Alan Tudyk),
Oliver (Mike O'Malley), Andrea (Azura Skye), Roshanda (Marianne
Jean-Baptiste) and Bobbie Jean (Diane Ladd) - and eventually
realizes that life is not one big party!