Analyze That Reviews
Picking up from the last one, mobster Paul Vitti's stay in prison hasn't been an easy one. Afraid of how his mental state will affect him and the other inmates, the prison officials decide that maybe the best thing to do would be to release Vitti into the custody of his psychiatrist Dr. Ben Sobel, who has his own issues to deal with, namely struggling to cope with his father's death, and added pressure to take over his father's own psychiatry business. On top of all this, Vitti tries to 'go straight', but Sobel (and the FBI) suspect that he's really just using that as a cover as he goes back to his old life.
I'm not sure if this was really totally necessary, but I wouldn't say it's completely pointless either. They at least try to build on the story, and the scenes of Paul trying to have a regular job are pretty funny, but, by and large, they don't do enough to push things forward, and this ends up being just a rinse and repeat of the first film, only not as funny, clever, or interesting.
It does have its moments, but overall I was not really engaged here. Sometimes the performers seem like they're trying, but it mostly just comes off as a cash in, devoid of heart and soul. It is nice seeing Cathy Moriarty and De Niro share the screen once more, although I knew to not expect their pairing here to have the same impact that it did in Raging Bull.
See it if you want, but it's honestly okay if you don't.
"Back in Therapy"
Analyze That is a major disappointment for me after how much I liked Analyze This. It feels like a lazy re-do of the first one, with basically the same things happening. With Analyze That, everything just feels too average about it. It's nowhere near as funny as the first and the supporting cast weren't as effectively used.
With all that said, I still can say I liked seeing De Niro and Crystal onscreen together again, even if that was all I liked about it. If this was made by itself, without Analyze This ever being made; I would have liked it a little more. But you have to compare it to the first and when I do that it shows that this is inferior to the first. It has it's moments of being funny and entertaining, but not near as many as it should.
I still don't hate this as much as a lot of people. I don't regret watching it; I'm just disappointed that it wasn't better. It feels like everyone involved just didn't try as hard to make a quality spoof/mob-comedy as they did the first go around.
The sequel is also directed by Harold Ramis, and it's painfully formulaic. You do chuckle a bit watching De Niro feign nuttiness in order to get out of prison, including crooning tunes form West Side Story, including 'I Feel Pretty'. "I'm half a fag already," he says summing all of the script's wit in that one line. That's all you need to know.