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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 counselor 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

Customer Reviews:

  • 28 Days DVD
    I have never received the product. I ordered it March 3, was informed it had been shipped, guaranteed delivery within 15 working days, and my credit card was charged. I have sent emails to both Amazon.com and DVD Legacy, but have not received any information regarding my movies. I ordered 6 copies of the movie "28 Days' for use in a college course I am teaching....more info
  • Recovery Lite
    Addiction is a devastating ailment that destroys lives, relationships, and families. And it's not pretty to look at; for a compelling, yet emotionally draining, look at alcoholism you can really wrap your arms around, check out When A Man Loves A Woman.

    Which is why I'm still torn over 28 DAYS. This film addresses addiction, yet often in a comedic, lighthearted way. And I like that. . .to some degree. Yet I often wonder if this approach somehow sterilizes the ominous undertones and consequences of addiction--and the difficulties of recovery. But enough of my own personal dilemma. . .

    Sandra Bullock plays (and plays well) a boozing, pill-popping party girl who goes on a binge that lands her in rehab; her journey--from being a rebel in denial to a fragile young woman coping with her fragility--is moving and compelling. Dominic West is exceptional as Bullock's equally out-of-control boyfriend; Elizabeth Perkins also holds up her own as Bullock's older, often judgmental sister. Of the fellow recovering addicts, Viggo Mortensen's character was never fully vetted, while Alan Tudyk as a rather flamboyant (and that's putting it mildly) light-in-the-loafers German is hysterical. Overall a great cast that tackles a dark subject in both dark and light tones; here's hoping the lightheartedness of 28 DAYS doesn't sugarcoat a very serious matter.
    --D. Mikels, Author, The Reckoning...more info
  • Sweet Meredith
    Watch Meredith Deane as young Lily in the flashbacks with Katie Scharf who plays young Gwen. They're both adorable and cute and such good actresses. This was Meredith's first role. Then she did "Once and Again." I think she was also in Law & Order. Meredith is sassy in this role and plays the character well. As does Miss Katie Scharf who is talented and looks a lot like the main actress playing the character....more info
  • Intelligent and Moving Look at Insecurity and Addictions
    28 Days is a fabulous movie that stirs many emotions associated with addiction, immaturity, and insecurity. Sandra Bullock plays a character that demonstrates how many perceived strong and "vibrant" people in our lives, are too often driven by hidden insecurities and emotional pain. The movie centers around a beautiful and charismatic woman about 30 years old, that has surrounded her life with equally colorful and insecure people that routinely gather and celebrate in public places, all attempting to demonstrate that they are part of the "in-crowd". Although these people can be perceived to be having the time of their lives, it turns out they really have no life at all - and do a great job of indirectly hurting themselves and their family. Addiction to alcohol and drugs is a common outcome, and I am guessing that we all may know people like this.

    The movie makes you laugh and cry, and really makes you think about those people in your lives that may mask an internal pain, with external friendliness or happiness - maybe even ourselves. I can't imagine a better actress than Sandra Bullock to play this role, and have to say I really enjoyed the intelligence of this movie.


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  • A movie that will provoke a good discussion on addictive behaviors
    I work with adults, families, and adolescents who have addiction issues. I am always on the lookout for both new and older films who are about addiction that I can show to my clients. "28 Days" is one of those films. It chronicles the life of a alcoholic party girl Gwen (played by SAndra Bullock) and an involuntary trip to rehab that she does not take seriously at first. After she is encouraged to get drunk in rehab by her boyfriend, and nearly gets kicked out of rehab and put into jail, she begins to take what her counselor and her other friends in rehab are telling her about her problems drinking seriously. A death of a friend in rehab really wakes her up, and upon discharge she is intent to make changes in her life and stay sober.
    This video is excellent to show to a rehab group who are "on the fence" as to whether or not they have a problem with their drinking and or using drugs (despite the fact to everyone else in their life they obviously are addicted to alcohol and/or drugs). A counselor can process this movie by asking questions such as "How are you like Gwen (the lead character) in "28 DAys?" Who is the enabler in the movie? Why did the clients at the rehab center wear signs? etc. I have found this movie to be very beneficial in producing a discussion of what is problematic, drug addicted behavior compared to social drinking.

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  • Too Predictable
    Sandra Bullock gets into a car accident, is sentenced to 28 days in rehab, goes to rehab, everyone hates her, she might get kicked out, then everyone loves her and she leaves rehab all happy and her problems are long gone. This formula is so predictable, yet so wrong. This movie tries to add a few laughs with a gay character, but I don't think this is the type of movie that should be generating any kind of laughs. I didn't like this movie from the start and ended up laughing at it instead of walking away from it knowing that I've learned something....more info
  • Excellent movie!
    I don't recall this movie being released in Australian cinemas, so seeing it on DVD was a first for me. I'm fast becoming a big Sandra Bullock fan because she is as comfortable with drama as she is with comedy. It's rare that I get to have a good laugh during a movie AND shed a tear (or three!) This is a really enjoyable movie, shot at some beautiful loactions with a nice soundtrack as well. Highly recommended....more info
    Although Sandra Bullock does a pretty good job considering her limitations as an actress, I found this film essentially boring. The romance angle is unconvincing as well as are the meant to be colorful members of her AA froup. It's been a while since we've had a propoganda vehicle for AA, e.g., "I'll Cry Tomorrow," "Days of Wine and Roses," so to me, the picture seem dated in that sense. AA is not as successul as motion pictures would have us believe. although it surely is better than nothing....more info
  • A disservice to people in recovery!
    Hollywood films have long been the locus both of expression of asocial emotions and their discipline, rather than their genuine taming. This was identified in the case of TV in the 1950s by Theodore Adorno who watched a woman in a "quality" USA program (probably one written for Playhouse Ninety) desire personal liberation, only to realize at the finish that her liberation consisted of...the conventions. Adorno saw a lack of movement found in Jerry Seinfeld's cynicism about his friends' very ability to have meaningful lives, and this lack of movement exists in 28 Days.

    28 Days is a disservice to people in recovery from alcohol and drugs. Because of its deep structure it may itself cause people to relapse.

    The most amusing part is the first five minutes in which Ms Bullock (an appealing *gamin* with an attractive vulnerability) trashes the wedding of her uptight sister in the company of her drunken boyfriend (apparently an Aussie, Brit or Kiwi who is later punched-out in good old Americano style by a more sober chap.)

    Like old Three Stooges comedies in which the Republican dowager gets a pie in her face as a protest of real inequality (for in 28 Days, a dowager gets the canapes on her derriere), 28 Days cynically exploits real, if buried anger, against a classist binarism in which one is EITHER a free spirit, but economically disadvantaged, OR a sober resident in an "upscale" community.

    This is hegemonic for it equates spiritual recovery, and salvation itself, with a nice car and house as trashed by one's daemonic, but salvageable, kid sister.

    Missing is the very possibility that alcohol and drugs enforce for material reasons (known as "protecting one's supply") a great deal of highly conventional behavior, and that recovery can involve downward mobility.

    So attractive is the liberation of the first five minutes that many people in recovery may turn off the new DVD player after Ms Bullock trashes the wedding, go to the nearest bar, put The Clash on the juke-box, and get well and truly wasted.

    Recovery is not a matter of images but of texts. It is no accident that recovering people talk amongst themselves and read books, rather than watch videos. As the movie cleverly portrays, the very chemical effect of alcohol, its destruction of short-term memory, causes life to degenerate into freeze frames, at first snapshots of liberation, later on, of horror.

    Anne Wilson Schaef has called aspects of our society, as replicated by the Hollywood dream factory, addictive, and the best movie about alcoholism (The Lost Weekend) failed at the last minute; for in the novel on which The Lost Weekend was based, the hero does NOT recover, whereas Ray Milland appears to. 28 Days is in the tradition of this dishonesty and in my (layman's) opinion, anybody who watches this film in early recovery is in danger of a slip. People without addictive tendencies and people with a year of sobriety will be mildly diverted by Sandra's adventures, even in the rather boring recovery home (a home which, it should be noted, is completely unavailable to most addicts and alcoholics.)...more info

    This is a very entertaining and touching movie, I enjoyed it with my family! Sandra Bullock at her best and Betty Thomas show us that a movie about drunks and alcohol doesn't need to be rated 'R'....more info
  • absolutely amazing!!!
    I'm from the UK and every review i read for this film gave really bad review but i was pleasantly surprised. Sandra Bullock pulls of this part brillantly and this film touched me in a big way. With the comedy of Gerhardt it made me laugh but also made me cry at the end. i totally recommend this movie u wont be disappointed...more info
  • Much better than I thought it would be. A big surprise!
    28 Days

    Score: 72/100

    Boy, it has been some time since Sandra Bullock has made a good movie. Speed 2: Cruise Control and Forces With Nature were both serious flops with critics around the globe, and she hasn't been very well respected for a long time. But, this will be the film that puts her on track. 28 Days is a well-made and thought-provoking film that is much better than it looks, and it deserves a wide audience.

    Gwen Cummings (Sandra Bullock) is a New York writer who just can't say no to drink or drugs. After crashing her sister's wedding car and ruining her wedding cake, Gwen is ordered into a rehabilitation centre, where she spends the next 28 days. At first she doesn't have much respect for the centre and tries to escape, but as her toxic levels come down, she gradually realises that maybe she can turn her life around.

    The plot may sound lousy, but it isn't. It deals with human emotions properly and in a moving way, and 28 Days is able to put a smile on your lips and make tears come out of your eyes. Bullock is a stunner in this film, she is perfectly cast as Gwen, while Steve Buscemi is as brilliant as he always is, no doubt about that. Azura Skye, who co-stars as a friend of Gwen's, lights up the screen in an ignored performance which deserves praise. Susannah Grant, scriptwriter, seems to have a thing for making good actresses come back to their great standards. In the same year of release as 28 Days, Grant wrote Erin Brockovich, a brilliant legal drama that made Julia Robert's get the career-best nod. Now she can fix Sandra Bullock, and this could very well be Bullock's best film.

    It has it's problems, some major ones, but 28 Days remains a worthy watch for all ages....more info

  • Pretty Good
    This was a rental, and it was a pleasant surprise, as this film seemed to have not done too well at the box office. Sandra Bullock proves why she's one of Hollywood's top actresses -- she can act and people like her! She always seems to saturate her performances with sincerity, inviting audiences to relate to her characters, and it's no exception with Gwen. She's convincing and humourous as the alcoholic-in-denial, and we watch her come to terms with her addiction as the film progresses. Azura Skye also turns in a strong and sympathising performance as the drug addict who befriends Gwen. Viggo Mortensen, who was wonderful in A Perfect Murder, turns in a good performance; unfortunately, his character, Eddie, is underdeveloped, and one wonders why he's in the film to begin with. But despite that, the film is pleasant. It's not earth-shattering or a must-see (the ending is rather predictable), but it's a lot better than what else is on Blockbuster's shelves....more info
  • Great acting, decent delivery
    The movie starts out with an interesting setup. Gwen Cummings (Sandra Bullock) is a young woman with an obvious alcohol problem. After a night of drinking, she wakes up late to her sister's wedding. She spends the entire time going to the wedding drinking and ultimate ruins her sisters wedding by falling in the cake and then wrecking the limo going to get another one. For her actions, she is given a choice of rehab or jail. She chooses rehab.

    Interesting film with some great acting. However, the plot twists are a bit contrived. At first, she is just doing time, but, in a moment of insanity realizes that she needs help and begs to stay.

    From then on, her turnaround, from doing time to cooperative inmate, is almost on the verge of miraculous. And, this is where certain parts of the plot stop working and break the illusion created by an otherwise excellent film. This is not all that bad, but a bit more work on the script, and this could have been an award winner.

    If you have ever read Syd Field's book Screenplay, you can see the plot devices coming out. From lifting a horse's hoof to possible rehab romance, this movie is formula all the way.

    But, it works. Somehow, through all of the veneer created, a touching story shines through. If you decide to see this one, don't expect another Sandra Bullock comedy. While there are some funny moments, the tragedy of the characters' problems overshadows most of the humor....more info

  • Forgetable Film
    My actual rating for this film would be 2.5 stars.

    The film was based on a woman who was sentenced to an Addictions Center by the Court. The most talented actor in the film, Steve Buscemi had a comparitively small roll. You tend to want to compare it to Michael Keaton's 'Clean and Sober', but in reality there is no comparison which is disappointing. All in all a very forgetable film. The Theatrical trailers had little to offer as far as insight. Just Actors and Directors patting each other on the back.

    If you want to see a film that explores this type of content with a little more realism and understanding of a complex subject, purchase Clean & Sober....more info

  • Very Good...
    Well my girlfriend twisted my arm for ever to watch this movie. I finally gave in and I was VERY mich suprised. It was a really nice decent movie, I recommend it. You just might earn some brownie points with your girlfriend....more info
  • close, but no martini...
    All in all, this movie had some interesting insights into the world of acoholism, which I think were candid, honest and well-thought-through. It had all the markings of a great movie - solid cast, interesting premise... but it really didn't live up to its promise as a "great" movie.

    Essentially, the movie fizzles at the end. It takes, the safe, predictable road. I don't think a recovering alcoholic really gets to wrap up conflicts with pretty little ribbns like that. And c'mon: An alcoholic who doesn't care about anybody and doesn't think she has a problem goes into rehab? You already know what's going to happen! And to use Steve Buscemi (I'm a huge fan!) in such an uninteresting way (re: a rather boring guidance counselor) is a travesty. Mr. Buscemi must have been returning a favor by doing this one.

    In short, it's probably worth watching if you're a Sandra Bullock fan, but don't expect to be blown away....more info

  • Good star turn by Sandra Bullock
    I didn't want to see "28 Days" in which Sandra Bullock plays a writer with a pill and booze problem sentenced to rehab. Much of the film - in which Bullock is the only really recognizable face - seems to be what I expected, but I enjoyed it despite myself. Surviving what could have been a fatal DWI accident, Gwen is sentenced to Rehab in some upstate facility that seems pretty nice to anybody not in immediate need of chemical stimulation. Cigarettes are about the closest items of sin permitted, and even they're subject to war-time rations.

    The directors keep the focus on Gwen, Sandra's charachter, but they compensate by restraining the urge to reduce her fellow patients into one-note charachters good only for comic relief. Some of the best charachters seem both funny and sad at the same time. Gwen's need for perpetual stimulation stem, not suprisingly, from her mother, a manic alcoholic in her own day. Flashback scenes in which a younger Gwen and Mom sled down snowy hills would seem hysterical, that is until the moment we see the oncoming cars.

    Gwen's and her friends' addictions come in all different categories - though most seem to share shameless addictions to simple things like "Santa Cruz", a vile soap opera, fatalism and a brooding unwillingness to admit their problems. The challenge of the story is getting past the obvious addictions to the ones that really make these charachters weaker people but stronger charachters. For Gwen, the addiction is to anything that keeps the world from slowing down enough to reveal its bleakness. When Gwen's mother took a break from the party, she could be found napping on the kitchen floor, dreaming of a liver that worked. Robbed of her pills and her beer, Gwen handles the slowdown of withdrawl badly. Breaking her leg, Gwen wakes in the Clinic's infirmary, looking at her own reflection as if it were a stranger's - she looks ugly! If they could hand out Oscar's for the best split second of self-realization, Bullock would win for that moment alone....more info

  • Scared Straight
    You won't want to go into rehab after you see this movie. The girl next door is a boozer and she breaks her sister's heart. She learns that her friends are her fatal flaw and her character is all that can save her. I've never been to rehab but I know the power of faith and the value of relationships with quality people. Weak people tend to become the kind of people they hang around with. This movie trys to say that change can only come from within if it is supported externally. It's too bad they don't get into the value of character....more info
    I don't know if anyone who hasn't been through rehab should be reviewing this movie. Anyone who has been through it knows that there is as much laughter as there is pain. And for those of you who object to the "stereotypical" characters, I can tell you that there is every kind of person imaginable in rehab. There were many painful and dramatic scenes here that balanced out the "zany" ones. I've been there, and although my facility wasn't quite as nice as this one, this movie was very real to me....more info
  • Pleasantly surprised
    Its possible that some of the viewers who were disappointed that the movie wasnt serious enough may have missed the point. You just cant compare it to movies such as When A Man Loves A Woman because 28 Days is a dramatic COMEDY. The director says so herself in the special features. But just because it partly fuctions as so doesnt mean its showing addiction as entertaining. The comedy was to show how sometimes humor can help people get through difficult situations. And it did this without making addiction seem lighthearted. There were numerous scenes in the movie that made it absolutely clear how destructive addiction can be on one's self and those around them, such as the scene where the children are telling their mother how much her using has hurt them. Not to mention portraying the desperation that could cause someone to jump out of a window, ruining a loved one's wedding, relapses, and overdose. A movie that touches on all of these certainly cant be called a fluffy film. But that it can do so and also make you laugh is something special. The only real complaint I can find is that the scenes between Sandra's character and the ball player were a bit contrived, underdeveloped, and didnt always totally connect. But other than that Bullock and the rest of the cast were quite charming in a film balanced well between seriousness and laughter. ...more info
  • A little light but still meaningful
    Some movies are just fluff, while some can change lives. 28 Days falls solidly into the second category, although it is by no means it is a documentary. It is a light Hollywood treatment of a serious topic. You can take the point of view that at least maybe people who ARE addicted will see it without realizing the full import up front, and realize they need help.

    We begin with Sandra Bullock's character, who is a New York lady living the high life with her boyfriend. After a night of heavy drinking, she wakes up late for her older sister's wedding. She completely destroys the wedding, crashes the wedding limo and ends up in rehab.

    You get the typical transition from surly, angry newcomer to understanding, coping recovery person - learning more about her past and the characters around her along the way. Situations are extremely two dimensional and oversimplified, but to be fair, the movie only has so many minutes in which to tell the story. There are the traditional set-backs and problems, and small victories.

    So where is Viggo, the 2nd billing, in all of this? If you're a Viggo fan, you spend about half the movie waiting for him. He eventually shows up as a baseball pitcher tossed into rehab to fix his drugs-and-girls habit. He's got southern charm and a laid back personality, as always. And yes, there are horses. It seems Viggo likes to be in horse-movies. In this case, the horse is one of the key "characters" - it symbolizes Sandra's ability to finally let things go and trust in life.

    It's actually suprising that Viggo got second billing here. He doesn't have many lines, and he isn't even a 'romantic partner' for Sandra. In fact he is quite innocent when Sandra's boyfriend accuses Viggo of stepping into the situation. Viggo does deliver the final message to her as she leaves rehab, though - to learn how to forgive, and to cut her boyfriend loose in order to face a new world alcohol-free. Sure enough, it turns out her boyfriend is trying to drag her right into the same world, and she does better to go it alone.

    The scenes with Viggo were a little contrived, but they had their own charm. Viggo had his low key country charm, but punched Sandra's boyfriend pretty quickly when things got rough. He showed Sandra how to pitch, and had her throw the ball with her eyes closed, to teach her trust. On the other hand, he was literally caught with his pants down, showing that he hadn't quite given up the sleeping around yet.

    The only thing missing here in the "Viggo Standards" was another language - Viggo only gets to speak "southern American" in this film!

    Interestingly, this was Viggo's last movie before the Lord of the Rings series. So he went from a very understated role, to one which made him world famous....more info
  • drunks on parade......
    While the film was entertaining, I do not find anything in the least entertaining about the subject matter of drug addiction. In Gwen's book it was booze and Vicodin......a killer combo.....Alcoholics are often seen as hilarious, but in reality most of the time they leave a trail of tragedy not only for those who are closest to them, ie families and their friends, but they create pain in the lives of total strangers.....witness Gwen's destruction of a limo and a residence when she left her sister's wedding reception. I suppose we should be happy she did not end up on the freeway with the limo.
    I found the characters in this film just too cute.....From what I have seen on COPS, they don't appear to be that cute in reality, or maybe if you have the 50K, which rehabs centers like Gwen was staying at cost, perhaps you see a different bunch of addicts....more info
  • Santa Cruz & Gum Wrapper Chains
    Sandra Bullock's character goes to rehab. She hates it at first then sees she should be sober. Its a funny movie thats not very preachy and it has good characters. The dvd has cool features like how to make that gum wrapper chain thing, and actual scenes from Santa Cruz....more info
  • 28 days is great
    This is a fantastic film!
    OK, so I only bought it because Viggo Mortensen features, but I was pleasantly surprised.
    Sandra Bullock was fantastic, giving a fantastic performance as Gwen, and Viggo was hot, hot, HOT as Eddie.
    This film gives a sometimes lighthearted look at rehab, but the message is touching and the actors performances are great...more info
  • Look at my package!
    I myself am not a huge fan of Sandra Bullock, but I do respect her a lot more after viewing this film. Like most guys, I was made to watch this for the sake of a woman. I thanked her right after the credits.
    Bullock is forced, by court order, to under go detox after a series of bad drunk moments. She tackles a very sensitive subject head on in this film and really shows a side of her talent that is incredible. Of course, she has a superb cast behind her including Steve Buscemi and an always great Viggo Mortensen.
    Trust me this is not a "chick flick". It is a funny and touching story that I never would have thought by the title. Pick it up, you can thank me later....more info
  • An Unappreciated Movie
    Most people haven't seen this movie, which is a shame, since it's one of Sandra Bullock's best movies, and also features Viggo Mortensen (of Lord of the Rings), who is almost unrecognizable, but definitely hot, as baseball player Eddie. The other actors are wonderful too, even the minor characters shine. This movie has some great moments of humor, but also delivers some great life lessons. It's also interesting to see Sandra Bullock do drama, which she pulls off wonderfully. I would highly recommend this film to everybody....more info
  • One of Sandra Bullocks shining moments
    We love Sandra Bullock movies in this house. This one is no exception. Sure there are a couple of cheesy moments, but for the most part, this one is probably her best, performance wise. It's not easy to play a believable addict without resorting to over-used Hollywood cliches, and she plays it well without overdoing it. A few nice examples are the sugar-addiction that most addicts experience when giving up the drug of choice. The gum-wrapper chain was also very close to the truth. That nervous "sober" energy needs to be used up somehow! I was married to an alcoholic and everything she went through looked very familiar to what my ex-husband experienced. Anyways, even if you are not familiar with addiction, this is still a very entertaining movie, as are all her other movies. I would recommend this movie, ......more info
  • Standard Bullock Film
    If you like Sandra Bullock, you will like this movie, plain and simple. 28 DAYS is about a woman named Gwen (Sandra Bullock) who enters rehab after she gets before and during her sisters wedding, destroying a cake, and crashing a limo into someone's house. She enters rehab and there is a lot of conflict when she doesn't mingle well with the other patients, and refuses to participate in their chants or chores. Eventually she comes around, befriending others in her group. Through flashbacks we see where Gwen's problems may have come from. There is plenty of comedic moments in the movie, making it funny, but the movie also has a dramatic edge. It's a fun Bullock film fans of the actress will love....more info
  • Girl, Interrupted/One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - better.
    On buying this DVD in the shops today, at a bargain price, I thought it would be pretty good, and did the whole sad eyes thing to my mum, to get her to buy it for me. On getting it home - the DVD wouldn't work. But it eventually did. Anyway! The DVD wasn't as good as I expected it to be. The only special feature I enjoyed was the Moment By Moment featurette, although it repeated quite a lot of the film. The film itself. It doesn't sound like a rehash of Girl Interrupted, but I think it was. Girl Interrupted is a modern day One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, and 28 Days is a rehab version of Girl Interrupted. Am I making sense?! The character who played Sandra Bullock's boyfriend, got on my nerves, as did the German guy, but who was also quite good. Steve Buscemi (sp?) should have got a bigger starring role in this. The bit I hated, was when I started crying when Andrea (Azura Skye) killed herself. This is a good film for Sandra Bullock fans (ie. me), but not very funny at all....more info