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Anger Management (2003)

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Viewed at Pacific Place
Rated PG-13; running time of 103 minutes
Genre: Comedy
Written by:David Dorfman
Directed by: Peter Segal
Cast: Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson, Marisa Tomei, John Turturro

WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest

Dave Buznik is a pushover. He never loses his temper or raises his voice. He is just mild mannered and fairly quiet so it comes as a surprise to him that he is accused of being a hostile airline passenger just for asking the stewardess several times for head phones. Before he knows it, he is in front of a Judge Daniels (Lynne Thigpen) trying to stay out of jail. In order to stay out of jail he is to undergo anger management therapy with Dr. Buddy Rydell (Jack Nicholson). Well as luck would have it, Dr. Rydell is also the man he was seated next to on the plane so he figures he can just have him sign the paper releasing him and everything will be okay. Wrong.

Dr. Rydell feels that Dave is just bubbling under the surface and requires him to attend all of the classes and to assigns him to an anger buddy. During an intervention his anger buddy causes a ruckus that lands Dave back in front of Judge Daniels. To prevent him from immediately going to jail, Dr. Rydell decides that Dave needs intensive 30-day therapy, which entails Buddy moving in with him and spending every moment with Dave for 30 days straight. Dave finds out quickly that living with Buddy is enough to make even the most peaceful of men want to commit violent crimes.

Can Dave learn to stand up for himself in 30 days without killing Buddy in the process?

The Dish

This was cute most of the time, hilarious some of the time, and downright ridiculous other times. At about halfway through the movie I realized that I had been snickering at a bunch of lame penis jokes. Had the movie not over done it, I wouldn't have noticed. Jack Nicholson was so-so. Sometimes he cracked me up, other times he made me yawn. I think this sums up the movie perfectly, though. It was extremely uneven.

It was typically Adam Sandler - some funny juvenile humor that gets old fairly quickly. Apparently quickly for the writer as well because generally about the time I start complaining is when the story is rushed and thrown together hurriedly racing to the end - plot be damned.

Nothing beyond mediocre here.

The Directive

Cute date flick. I'd catch the matinee if I were you.

yellow

The script is what needed management


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