Besides a few obviously adlibbed gags from Crystal, the film's only funny moments occur in outtakes during the ending credits. There is simply nothing else remotely humorous. All attempts at comedy are merely slapstick wackiness pasted onto the plot; unlike the first film, none of it emerges naturally from the characters or situations. DeNiro gamely does anything the filmmakers ask him to do, from singing much of the West Side Story score to mugging his way through a series of first days on the job. Crystal seems oddly restrained by an overcomplicated plot that barely lets him do what he does best: talk fast. It's breezy enough to be watchable, and everyone somehow emerges with their dignity intact. But this is one of the most leaden sequels in memory. What a waste.
dir Harold Ramis |
scr Peter Steinfeld, Harold Ramis, Peter Tolan
with Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow, Joe Viterelli, Anthony LaPaglia, Cathy Moriarty-Gentile, Frank Gio, Callie Thorne, John Finn, Kyle Sabihy, James Biberi, Pat Cooper
release US 6.Dec.02; UK 7.Mar.03
I feel pretty. Vitti (DeNiro) performs a few showtunes for the cheering prison crowd...
|"This is a sequel made because the first one, Analyze This, was such a funny hit. In the sequel all the players are back - and I gotta say, it is even funnier. It made us laugh out loud and some of the others in the theatre were literally guffawing. The outtakes at the end are worth sticking around to watch also. Go see this movie; if you liked the first, you will like the second even more." --Laurie T, Minneapolis 8.Dec.02|