Saturday, April 12, 2003

Anger Management

Whoa, Nellie! There's more plot surprises in this than an M. Night Shamalamadingdong film, which would be fine if it was, but this is an Adam Sandler film! Adam Sandler films aren't supposed to have a big plot, damnit! That's not right! What is right is the chemistry between all the actors, Adam, Jack, Luis Guzman, John Turturro, and a few cameos!

"Anger Management" starts out pretty innocently, with the classic, bully-depants-kid, sorta thing, then we see Dave Buznik (Sandler) being... normal. Buznik is just a normal guy, with not much of a temper, but don't tell that to everybody else. Quickly we find out that it seems that the entire city of New York is out to get him, and thus, this get's him assigned to an anger managment class. Who teaches the class? Jack. Classic.

The casting is perfect. The timing is right on, but something is missing. The end of the film is just pretty weird. I hate those "it was all a dream" endings. No, that's not exactly how it ends, but I don't want to spoil it for you. Something just seems lacking...I can't put my finger on it...it's one of those films that seems to be building up to something that never materializes.

There's some funny scenes with cameo's, by two blond-ish actors, and the male cameo practially steals the show. Sandler and Nicholson are on their games, and Marisa Tomei is gorgous as ever, and also on her game. So, what's lacking? The acting, writing, and timing are all there, but the directing isn't. Yes folks, this film lacks direction, which is kinda surprising as this is by the same guy who brought us "Tommy Boy".

Recommendation: I was dissappointed, but there's still great one-liners, cameo's, and the chemisty between Jack and Adam cannot be missed. So get to the theater, order some popkorn, and enjoy this one. Oh yeah, the kids will enjoy it too. There's nothing real "risque" here. Pretty safe.

4 comments:

  1. Uhhhhh...Boz.I saw this today too and liked it alot, thought it was funny, but as for the kids..are you forgetting about the 15 million "penis size" jokes in this movie? I had a kid sitting near me (probably about 8 or so) that kept asking mommy "What does that me? his wienie?? what?? " It was embarassing.lol (for the mom, not me)I wouldn't tell anyone to bring a kid to this movie at all.

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  2. Nah, penis size jokes can't keep kids from a movie..they'll either get the joke or they won't. There's no graphic sex or sex at all, so this is safe for the kids.

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  3. I'm with you on this one, I thought it was disappointed!! Although, I did think him kicking the monks ass was funny as hell!! :)

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