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At Theaters: 4/11/2003 On Video: 9/16/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 41 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 399972
Studio: Sony Pictures Inc.
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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.
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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 wrongly 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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Adam Sandler EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS, PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE, MR. DEEDS
Jack Nicholson ABOUT SCHMIDT, THE PLEDGE, AS GOOD AS IT GETS
Marisa Tomei THE GURU, THE WILD THORNBERRYS, IN THE BEDROOM
Luis Guzman WELCOME TO COLLINWOOD, PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE, TRAFFIC
Lynn Thigpen TV's - THE DISTRICT
Woody Harrelson PLAY IT TO THE BONE, EDTV, PALMETTO
John Turturro MR. DEEDS, COLLATERAL DAMAGE
Director: Peter Segal NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS
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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.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full 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.''

Roger Ebert  Full 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.''

USA TODAY  Full 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 Online  Full 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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Based on an Exit Polling of 136 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
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Would
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Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
23
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
26
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
10
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
17
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (M)
26
Fairly High
92%
30+Adults (F)
34
Fairly Low
76%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

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.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
After a 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.

Buddy's unorthodox 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 present, head-on.

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?

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