ANGER MANAGEMENT

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Release Date: April 11, 2003

Starring: Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson, Marisa Tomei, Luis Guzman, Lynne Thigpen, Woody Harrelson, and John Turturro

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Teenagers and adults REVIEWER:
Eric Rice Adam Sandler is Dave
Buznik, a mild-mannered junior
businessman in New York, who,
through a series of
"accidents," is sentenced by a
court to go into an "Anger
Management" group led by
eccentric, but famous, Doctor
Buddy Rydell, played Jack
Nicholson. As it turns out,
the group is stranger than he
could imagine, and the harder
Dave tries to leave, the more
entangled he becomes with Dr.
Rydell. After several more
mishaps, Dr. Rydell is in
complete control of Dave's
life, and the life of Dave's
girlfriend, Linda, played by
Marisa Tomei. It quickly
becomes apparent that "Buddy"
is suffering from anger
problems of his own. ANGER
MANAGEMENT sounds fun, but it
has several major problems.
First, the significant plot
device in the movie revolves
around Dave's insecurity about
his "manhood" and how it
"measures up" to the general
populace. A boyhood
embarrassment trauma shades
all of Dave's actions.
Secondly, the movie has every
deviant behavior one could
imagine to "color" the film,
including scatological humor
and distasteful homosexual
jokes. These objectionable
elements add only mildly to
the humor of the story and
drag the movie quickly and
permanently into the category
of, "13-year-old, locker room
humor." There are a few
humorous scenes, like when Dr.
Buddy forces Dave to face his
childhood nemesis, who is now
a Buddhist monk. Of course,
like in many Adam Sandler
movies, a fistfight breaks
out, and the anger management
doctor and his patient must
run from the angry monks.
There's also a scene where Dr.
Buddy makes Dave sing, "I feel
pretty, oh so pretty. . ."
while stopped on a busy bridge
in Brooklyn during rush
hour! The hilarious trailers
for ANGER MANAGEMENT, where
Jack Nicholson is shown
annoying Adam Sandler's
character, may entice many
moviegoers to see this movie.
The childish homosexual and
scatological humor, however,
outweigh the positives. ANGER
MANAGEMENT also contains
plenty of gratuitous foul
language and some comic
violence. Please address your
comments to: Amy Pascal,
Chairman Columbia
Pictures John Calley,
Chairman/CEO Sony Pictures
Entertainment 10202 West
Washington Blvd. Culver City,
CA 90232-3195 Phone: (310)
244-4000 Fax: (310)
244-2626 Web Page:
www.spe.sony.com/

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 90 minutes

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Content:

(PaPa, HoHo, LLL, VV, S, N, A, D, M) Strong mixture of pagan and homosexual worldviews with characters relying on strange psychology to fix root issues and many overt homosexual/lesbian portrayals; about 35 obscenities, three profanities, 10 jokes about body parts, 10 homosexual references or jokes, five other sexual references or jokes, and six instances of scatological or earthy/body language humor; violence includes hitting, tackling, tazer shock, smashing car window with a bat, etc.; sexual depictions are mostly homosexual, with lesbian girls kissing, hugging and Woody Harrelson's cross-dressing character tries to seduce another man; scantily-clad women and men portrayed and men shown urinating in bathroom while speaking of male anatomy; alcohol use; smoking; and, lying and cheating.

GENRE: Comedy

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Summary:

In ANGER MANAGEMENT, the mild-mannered Adam Sandler gets wrongfully accused of a crime and is teamed up with the zany but questionable Jack Nicholson, who proceeds to make his client's life miserable during therapy. Despite some good writing and acting from these comedy stars, the film is regrettably marred by excessive foul language, violence, crude humor, and homosexual themes.

Review:

Adam Sandler is Dave Buznik, a mild-mannered junior businessman in New York, who, through a series of "accidents," is sentenced by a court to go into an "Anger Management" group led by eccentric, but famous, Doctor Buddy Rydell, played Jack Nicholson. As it turns out, the group is stranger than he could imagine, and the harder Dave tries to leave, the more entangled he becomes with Dr. Rydell. After several more mishaps, Dr. Rydell is in complete control of Dave's life, and the life of Dave's girlfriend, Linda, played by Marisa Tomei. It quickly becomes apparent that "Buddy" is suffering from anger problems of his own.

ANGER MANAGEMENT sounds fun, but it has several major problems. First, the significant plot device in the movie revolves around Dave's insecurity about his "manhood" and how it "measures up" to the general populace. A boyhood embarrassment trauma shades all of Dave's actions. Secondly, the movie has every deviant behavior one could imagine to "color" the film, including scatological humor and distasteful homosexual jokes. These objectionable elements add only mildly to the humor of the story and drag the movie quickly and permanently into the category of, "13-year-old, locker room humor."

There are a few humorous scenes, like when Dr. Buddy forces Dave to face his childhood nemesis, who is now a Buddhist monk. Of course, like in many Adam Sandler movies, a fistfight breaks out, and the anger management doctor and his patient must run from the angry monks. There's also a scene where Dr. Buddy makes Dave sing, "I feel pretty, oh so pretty. . ." while stopped on a busy bridge in Brooklyn during rush hour!

The hilarious trailers for ANGER MANAGEMENT, where Jack Nicholson is shown annoying Adam Sandler's character, may entice many moviegoers to see this movie. The childish homosexual and scatological humor, however, outweigh the positives. ANGER MANAGEMENT also contains plenty of gratuitous foul language and some comic violence.

Please address your comments to:

Amy Pascal, Chairman

Columbia Pictures

John Calley, Chairman/CEO

Sony Pictures Entertainment

10202 West Washington Blvd.

Culver City, CA 90232-3195

Phone: (310) 244-4000

Fax: (310) 244-2626

Web Page: www.spe.sony.com

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