Anger Management
2 out of 5 stars
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Once again, Sandler's Happy Madison production company presents a comedy that simply squanders its premise and cast for the cheapest, easiest laugh. Yes, it's funny, but it never bothers to make much out of its ingredients. Dave Buznik (Sandler) is a mild-mannered geek with a gorgeous girlfriend (Tomei) who somehow gets himself arrested for picking a fight with a flight attendant. Sentenced to anger management therapy, his life gets even more surreal when his counselor, Dr Buddy Rydell (Nicholson), moves in with him for intensive 24-hour treatment. His neat and ordered life is about to get very, very messy indeed.

First of all, it doesn't take too long to figure out where this is all heading. This isn't necessarily a problem, but the lazy script never makes the most of the situations, relying entirely on Nicholson's charm and goofiness to carry the film (at least he's more than up to the task). It is fun to watch, simply because Nicholson is very funny on screen. He can make us laugh with just a flick of those eyebrows. Sandler is much better than usual, because he's playing a normal, believable guy for a change (rather than his usual comedy sketch character stretched way to thin). And a string of silly cameos helps keep us entertained. But the dialog is uninspired, the gags are derivative and only half thought through, and the cast is mostly wasted. It's a real shame, because there is promise in the idea and more than ample opportunity for hilarity. But it's only about a fourth as funny as it should be. Which means it's yet another Hollywood product suited only to people who don't ask for much.

cert 12 themes, language, innuendo 24.Apr.03

dir Peter Segal
scr David Dorfman
with Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson, Marisa Tomei, John Turturro, Luis Guzman, John C Reilly, Heather Graham, Woody Harrelson, Kevin Nealon, Lynne Thigpen, Allen Covert, Kurt Fuller
release US 11.Apr.03; UK 6.Jun.03
Columbia
03/US 1h46

Feel the love. Dr Buddy teaches Dave a thing or two about being angry (Nicholson and Sandler)...

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send your review to Shadows... feel the love karlapalem hanumantha rao, Secunderabad, India: "it is not a great film, but a truly good one, enjoyable for its premise and flow. As the main content is meant for time-passing, in that way it suceeded. You dont feel bored or nagging anywhere. once you start watching the film you sit till the end. I liked the film for its straight narration, unlike other hollywood flicks. even the second time in my home on video, i enjoyed it thoroughly. forget critical viewers standard measurements, this is really a nice movie to watch, even sitting with kids." (18.Apr.05)
2003 by Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall

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