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.
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(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.