Anger Management

2003

Anger Management

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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.

Cast

Adam Sandler
as Dave Buznik
Jack Nicholson
as Dr. Buddy Rydell
Lynne Thigpen
as Judge Daniels
John C. Reilly
as Arnie Shankman
Nancy Carell
as Flight Attendant
Kurt Fuller
as Frank Head
Adrian Ricard
as Rose Rydell
Bob Sheppard
as Himself
Cody Arens
as Himself
Bobby Knight
as Himself
John McEnroe
as Himself
Derek Jeter
as Himself
Ray Liotta
as Himself
Marisa Chandler
as Flight Attendant No. 2
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
Conrad Goode
as Bailiff/Lexus Man
Lori Heuring
as Anger Management Receptionist
John Kirk
as Cocktail Waitress' Lawyer, Cocktail Waitress's Lawyer
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
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  • Aug 02, 2017
    The quality of Adam Sandler's track record dropped considerably after Click. Anger Management was released in the latter half of his glory days, and my god, is it hilarious. Sandler, a notoriously goofy and funny actor is paired with the legendary dramatic actor Jack Nicholson. On paper, they're an unlikely duo, but go incredibly well together on-screen. Dave (Adam Sandler) meets Dr. Buddy (Jack Nicholson) on a plane. Afterwards, circumstances bring the two together and Dave undergoes Buddy's anger management program. What makes it so hilarious is that Dave is always calm while Buddy gets outraged over something as minor as having his eggs cooked the wrong way (followed by him slamming the plate against the wall). It's worth pointing out that almost every single line is memorable and quotable. My favorites include "I do what I want whenever I want you little Spanish fruit topping" and "Might I have your first name Mr. Head, and tell me it isn't Dick." Absent are the Sandler veterans like Steve Buscemi and Rob Schneider, but they're replaced by a huge number of cameos; from Derek Jeter to ex-mayor Rudy Giuliana to Heather Graham and Woody Harrelson, both of whom have the funniest bits in the entire movie. Some may be turned off by the love triangle between Nicholson, Sandler, and his character's girlfriend (played by Marisa Tomei) which is cheesy and cliche. The twist the plot is hinged on is a lazy, easy way out for the writers... but you're not watching it for the plot. You're watching it for the ridiculously profance lines and actions of Jack Nicholson and the ironically innocent way Adam Sandler reacts to them. Over the 13 years since it's 2003 release, I've seen Anger Management countless times and every viewing is funnier than the last. This is easily my favorite Adam Sandler movie.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2013
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2012
    Though not entirely funny, Anger Management is a solid and fun time, due too it's two hilarious leads. Adam Sandler does what he does and his an appealing guy, but it is Jack Nicholson who will make you laugh the most, his comedic timing is excellent and great, he really nailed it. The script was not great but good, a lot of funny moments, Marisa Tomei was cute, Sandler and Nicholson were hilarious, nothing but a fun time, its worth the watch if you like comedies.
    Angel G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 09, 2012
    Very irritating movie with a good ending.
    Dead A Super Reviewer

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