Anger Management (2003)

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Critic Consensus: Thought not without its funny moments, Anger Management is ultimately stale and disappointingly one-note, especially considering its capable cast.

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A man comes face to face with the rage he didn't know he had in this comedy. Dave Buznick (Adam Sandler) is an even-tempered businessman who, after a series of strange misunderstandings on an airline flight, finds himself accused of air rage. A judge sentences Dave to undergo anger management therapy, and he soon finds himself in the care of Dr. Buddy Rydell (Jack Nicholson), a celebrated therapist. However, Dave's group therapy sessions with a handful of truly disturbed individuals -- among them jumpy ex-con Chuck (John Turturro), obsessive sports fan Nate (Jonathan Loughran), slow-burning Lou (Luis Guzman), egocentric Andrew (Allen Covert), and bisexual porn stars Gina and Stacy (Krista Allen and January Jones) -- leave him far more unsettled than when he arrived. Later, when Buddy decides to move into Dave's home for intensive therapy, he soon discovers Buddy has more than a bit of his own anger to resolve, and that no one brings out Dave's deeply buried inner rage quite like Buddy. Anger Management also stars Marisa Tomei as Dave's girlfriend, Linda; in addition, the film features a number of notable actors in cameos, including Woody Harrelson, John C. Reilly, Ray Liotta, Heather Graham, and Harry Dean Stanton.
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PG-13 (for crude sexual content and language)
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Comedy
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Cast

Adam Sandler
as Dave Buznik
Jack Nicholson
as Dr. Buddy Rydell
Allen Covert
as Andrew
Lynne Thigpen
as Judge Daniels
Robert Merrill
as Himself
John C. Reilly
as Arnie Shankman
Nancy Carell
as Flight Attendant
Kurt Fuller
as Frank Head
Rudy Giuliani
as Himself
Adrian Ricard
as Rose Rydell
Bob Sheppard
as Himself
Roger Clemens
as Himself
Cody Arens
as Himself
Bobby Knight
as Himself
John McEnroe
as Himself
Derek Jeter
as Himself
Judith Nathan
as Herself
Ray Liotta
as Himself
Marisa Chandler
as Flight Attendant No. 2
Heather Charles
as Waitress
Don Diamont
as Man in Seat
Stephen Dunham
as Maitre d'
Kevin Dunigan
as Angry Man No. 1
Aaron Fiore
as Peanut Vendor
Gina Gallego
as Cocktail Waitress
Tony Genaro
as Cabbie
Conrad Goode
as Bailiff/Lexus Man
Lori Heuring
as Anger Management Receptionist
John Kirk
as Cocktail Waitress' Lawyer
Jeff Morris
as Porter
Paul Renteria
as Angry Latino Man
Ken Rosier
as Buddy's Lawyer
Clint Black
as Masseur
Rob Steiner
as Dave's Co-Worker
Lorna Scott
as Lady in Restroom
Bonnie Hellman
as Wife at Table
Joe Howard
as Husband at Table
Kevin Grady
as Baseball Fan
Sid Ganis
as Neighbor
Larry Morgan
as Pool Player
Mike Arthur
as Police Officer
Jonathan Osser
as Young Dave
Alan James Morgan
as Young Arnie
Lindsay Weber
as Arnie's Sister
Halley Eveland
as Wedgie Boy
Taylor Segal
as Laughing Girl
Nicole Segal
as Girl Playing in Water
Nancy Walls
as Flight Attendant
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Critic Reviews for Anger Management

All Critics (189) | Top Critics (42)

Unless you're 15 at heart, you may need anger management yourself after sitting through this aggressively crass comedy, which alternates between mean-spirited slapstick and arbitrary uplift.

Full Review… | October 31, 2007
Newsweek
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

No, it doesn't make much sense, and yes, it's irredeemably phallocentric -- but that is, perhaps, its saving grace.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Has hell frozen over? Not only is Jack Nicholson starring in a buddy movie alongside Adam Sandler, but of the two, Sandler's low-key approach is preferable.

May 2, 2003
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Strenuous, spottily amusing.

Full Review… | April 24, 2003
Slate
Top Critic

This is the kind of coarse comedy where a fart serves as a punch line.

April 20, 2003
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Anger Management

½

You would assume, considering the obvious typecasting of Nicholson and Sandler as two angry guys, that here is a comic gold mine waiting to be plummed. No such luck. While Nicholson and Tomei endeavor mightily to deadlift this carcass they are given nothing really to grab ahold of to work it. And Sandler (however much he has been laughing all the way to the bank and at America's expense) lays another turd.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Anger Management is too boiled up and ultimately doesn't strike a chord. The film has its moments, especially from the addition of Jack Nicholson, but it stumbles from being merely a one-trick-pony of comedy films. 3/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Very irritating movie with a good ending.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

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