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Dave Buznik is usually a mild-mannered, non-confrontational guy. But after an altercation aboard an airplane, he is remanded to the care of an anger management therapist, Dr. Buddy Rydell, who could probably use some anger management himself.
Comedy - This is a pretty strange story. As you've likely seen in the
previews and commercials, things happen to Adam Sandler's character
that are totally unrealistic. Like on the airplane when he's
accused of being an unruly passenger. Fortunately, the reason for
some of this craziness is explained later, which helps the
story a lot. Still, those who enjoy quirky comedies are likely the
best audience for this movie.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 17 S-words, 8 A-words, several others. SEX/NUDITY: Not sex or nudity. Quite a bit of sexual talk. VIOLENCE: A couple of fist fights played for laughs. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None ACTION: None COMEDY: The level of comedy totally depends on your taste in humor.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Above Average "The more consistently amusing a movie is, the easier
it is to overlook such flaws. The sporadic nature of Anger Management's
laugh-inducing material makes it the kind of outing that's better suited for
home video watching than a trip to theaters. Except, of course, for Adam Sandler
fans, who will get exactly what they expect.''
Review Average "The concept is inspired. The execution is lame. "Anger
Management," a film that might have been one of Adam Sandler's best,
becomes one of Jack Nicholson's worst.''
Review Above Average "Only a smattering of the potential is realized in
this tolerable disappointment, which is so unworthy of getting angry about that
it will still become a knee-jerk hit.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Below Average "But by the time the big not-so-surprise ending rolls
around — no, nothing that happened was exactly as it seemed — most viewers
will have long since stopped caring.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Adam Sandler still has his grip on the teen audience. They're the ones who enjoyed Anger Management the most, especially the males.
As for the twentysomething crowd, the guys rated it very high, but only about half of the ladies rated it high. The remaining half rated it as average, which isn't too bad.
Adults, both male and female, rated it roughly the same. About half enjoyed it very much and half rated it either average or below average.
This one's a bit of a gamble. If you're an Sandler fan and you tend to enjoy quirky comedies then I can certainly recommend Anger Management. For everyone else, I would advise caution. Your probability of truly enjoying Anger Management is somewhat low.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
First let me say that Anger Management is entertaining, most of the time, but it is a very strange and crazy movie. Just remember, this is Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson we're talking about here. Both of these actors are known for some very crazy movies and this one is certainly no exception.
To fully enjoy Anger Management you REALLY need to be someone who enjoys quirky comedies. Some of the crazy, far-fetched things that happen, happen for a good reason that's later explained. This certainly helps the story, but only after you've seen most of it. If you just keep in mind that it's not really quite as far-fetched as it seems, then I believe most will enjoy Anger Management. However, I still believe that moviegoer opinions will come in quite mixed. It's almost certainly going to be too crazy for many moviegoers.
misunderstanding aboard an airplane that escalates out of control, the
mild-mannered Dave Buznik (Adam Sandler) is ordered by Judge Daniels (Lynne
Thigpen) to attend anger management sessions run by Doctor Buddy Rydell (Jack
Nicholson), which are filled with highly eccentric and volatile men and women.
approach to therapy is confrontational and abrasive and Dave is bewildered by
it. Then, after yet another mishap, Judge Daniels orders Dave to step up his
therapy or wind up in jail. So, Buddy moves in with Dave to help him battle his
inner demons. Buddy himself has no inner demons since he acts out at every
opportunity and that includes making lewd comments about Dave's girlfriend
Linda (Marisa Tomei) and goading Dave into confronting every slight, past or
But Buddy finally goes
too far and Dave must decide whether to crawl back into his shell or stand up
for himself. Could it be that Buddy's confounding and contradictory treatment
is just what the doctor ordered?