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At Theaters: 3/5/1999 On Video: 8/17/1999
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 46 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 039901
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Paul Vitti is one of New York's most powerful gangsters. He's grown up in the Mob life and has been well prepared for his future responsibilities but when it becomes time to assume his role as the leader of his crime family, he suddenly starts having trouble breathing. Vitti immediately seeks out the only shrink he's ever heard of, Ben Sobol, and demands that Ben cure his panic attacks. Immediately. Completely.

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Comedy - Analyze This is a high concept comedy about a gangster going through psychotherapy. The premise will be amusing to many, as will Robert DeNiro's performance as the mob boss. Fans of Billy Crystal may also enjoy him in a very familiar type of role. Some viewers may find the humor too scattered, based much more on the situations than the characters, while the plot is sketchy at best. Most likely to be appealing to those for whom the stars and the idea alone make the film seem interesting.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Robert DeNiro (Ronin)
Billy Crystal (My Giant)
Lisa Kudrow (Romy and Michele's High School Reunion)
Director: Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day)
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About The Production
Casting
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Comedy with a Heart and a Brain
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PROFANITY: Extremely strong and extremely frequent
SEX/NUDITY: One scene of sexual motions
VIOLENCE: Several scenes of gunfire, including murders
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Moderate alcohol consumption
ACTION: Gun battles
COMEDY: Situation comedy of clashing personalities
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Below Average
There's at least one thing really right with ANALYZE THIS, and that's DeNiro. As many times as he's gone to the wiseguy well in his career, he always seems to find a new twist to keep it fresh. It's fun watching him nod to his past when he comments on a GODFATHER-inspired dream Ben has, and it's fun watching him show the comic chops he too rarely has a chance to employ. Unfortunately, he's wasting his performance on a movie that doesn't know what to do with its actors, its premise or its character development. ANALYZE THIS is a smaller scale example of what happens to so many summer blockbusters: it's a ready-made marketing campaign to which a film has been attached almost as an afterthought.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 291 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
12
High
83%
13-19Teens (F)
10
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
15
High
93%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
24
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
100
High
95%
30+Adults (F)
130
High
93%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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Paul Vitti (ROBERT DE NIRO) is one of New York's most powerful gangsters. He's grown up in the Mob life and has been well prepared for his future responsibilities by Manetta, his mentor and surrogate father (since his own father was gunned down years before). But when it becomes time for Paul Vitti to assume his role as the leader of his crime family, he suddenly starts having trouble breathing. He can't sleep; he's distant and preoccupied around his wife and kids; his mistress wants to know why his interest in romance has flagged; and his loyal henchmen wonder at his suddenly anxious demeanor.

If the other crime families find out that Paul Vitti is having panic attacks, then how can he run his business? He's supposed to inspire panic, not experience it.

Ben Sobol (BILLY CRYSTAL) is a divorced suburban New York psychiatrist with a young son (KYLE SAHIBY) and a fiancee (LISA KUDROW) he's about to marry. He's a nice guy and a loving dad who's plagued by his relationship with his own father, a highly successful, media-seeking, pretentious Upper East Side therapist. Ben doesn't want to be anything like either of his self-absorbed parents - even if shunning the spotlight means enduring a patient list full of dull, boringly neurotic complainers without a serious challenge among them.

As a result, Ben's life is pretty ordinary - until he rear-ends a car in traffic. Not just any car, but a car driven by Jelly (JOSEPH VITERELLI), Paul Vitti's bodyguard.

Naturally, Vitti's people don't care about insurance reports. But when Ben Sobol presses his business card into Jelly's hand, a relationship is born. Not between driver and driver -instead, it's between doctor and patient.

Paul Vitti confides to his henchman that he's considering finding a therapist, and the ever-loyal Jelly offers his boss Ben Sobol's card. Vitti immediately seeks out the only shrink he's ever heard of- Ben Sobol - and demands that Ben cure his panic attacks. Immediately. Completely. Before the impending crime-family meeting, at which Vitti will have to face the other Mob leaders and demonstrate that he has what it takes to be a Don.

Ben wants no part of this. He's looking forward to a quiet wedding and a peaceful family life, that suburban nirvana that has always eluded him. But something inside of him is fascinated - this is the most exciting case he's ever encountered. Could he handle it?

What kind of mental-health advice do you give a guy who solves his problems with a gun and a sack of cement?

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