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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Anger Management

**** Anger Management. Comedy/drama.

Directed by: Peter Segal.
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler.

We watched this one courtesy of Netflix. This is one of those times when the ending absolutely makes the movie. For much of the movie, I was holding myself back a bit. The situations were funny, but they were extreme, and while I don't mind unbelievable situations in movies, I enjoy them more from a distance. When I got to the end, though, it all made sense, and the movie went from a 3-star, average comedy to a 4-star comedy/drama.

Dave (Adam Sandler) is on a plane and people start completely overreacting to his simplest request, accusing him of being belligerent. It escalates, and he finds himself arrested and sentenced to anger therapy with Dr. Buddy Rydell (Jack Nicholson). Again, things escalate, and Buddy ends up moving in with Dave and shadowing him everywhere, even moving in on Dave's girlfriend (Marisa Tomei).

I started out the movie being angry on Dave's behalf, then gradually became irritated with him for allowing all these things to continue happening to him--in retrospect, it was a very effective bit of filmmaking, because that's exactly what I believe the audience was intended to feel.

Adam Sandler was believable as the mild-mannered, put-upon young businessman. Jack Nicholson, however, seemed way over the top, until, as I said, the end, at which point he seemed perfect.

Much fun, and better than I expected. It was a good way to spend a family evening, and even engendered serious conversations about the management of anger.


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I've Anger Management on my Netflix queue list. I just hope this won't be as bad as it was with Crank.

OMG I watch Crank and didn't enjoy it much. I think this is the unusual movie that the actor role in. Not the usual movies I see him in with the others that are great. This one was sorta different, crazy, fun and lot of actions but just not my favorite LOL
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