Analyze This (1999)
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as Dr. Ben Sobel
as Paul Vitti
as Laura MacNamara
as Primo Sindone
as Isaac Sobel
as Carlo Mangano
as Michael Sobel
as Dorothy Sobel
as Nicky Shivers
as Salvatore Masiello
as Marie Vitti
as Michael Sobel
as '50s Gangster
as FBI Agent Steadman
as Paretti's Family
as Jimmy Boots
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Critic Reviews for Analyze This
[De Niro and Crystal] would seem to be perfectly cast as this oddest of odd couples, but something has gone wrong with the comic chemistry.
What De Niro ends up doing is simply burlesquing himself, much as he would do if he were guest-hosting Saturday Night Live.
What we learn -- yet again -- is that potentially terrific comedies are often whacked by filmmakers who feel the need to spread a little therapy themselves.
Audience Reviews for Analyze This
Billy Crystal and Rober DeNiro shine in this great comedy.
In January of 1999, The Sopranos made its TV debut, and it was a revelation to see a show that not only featured a mafia figure undergoing psychiatric therapy, but took it seriously. Then, just two months later, Harold Ramis directed this comedy that took that same concept, but turned it into a smart, and sharp witty comedy.
On the verge of a major mafia summit, kingpin Paul Vitti finds himself suffering panic attacks and going through a serious meltdown...all on the verge of a major meeting of the country's crime bosses. Desperate for help, he gets his main man Jelly to help him out. Coincidentally, Jelly had a run in with Dr. Ben Sobel, a psychiatrist whose practice isn't really going anywhere, who also happens to have his mind on his impending marriage.
Well, whether Sobel likes it or not, Vitti seeks him out, and, impressed, basically forces Sobel to take him on as his primary client. Surprisingly, some progress is made, but of course, things don't go all that smoothly, and the results are hilarious.
Okay, so the film isn't a masterpiece of comedy, but the writing is sharp enough, the concept is fun, if not all that original, and yeah, it is pretty funny. I think what makes the film work the most are the performances. De Niro has type casted himself in comedic roles for continually recycling the schtick of poking fun at his tough guy persona (like he does here), but what really sells it is that he plays the role straight, and his reactions to all the absurd farce are where the laughs come from, instead of being painfully forced. Crystal is wonderful, as has great chemistry with all the tough guy actors, and it's fun to see him gets stuck in all these nutty situations.
Some of the jokes are well played, despite being obvious, but hey, the film does deal with the material a lot more intelligently than the majority of the National Lampoon's output or those countless spoof movies like Epic Movie.
All in all, this makes for a pretty enjoyable movie. It's funny, has a great concept, decent execution, and features fun performances from a solid cast. Give this one a go.
Crystal and De Niro make a very funny duo and become an unique satira of Mafia films.
Analyze This Quotes
|Paul Vitti:||You're turning me down?|
|Ben Sobel:||When I got into family therapy, this was not the 'family' I had in mind.|
|Paul Vitti:||You, with your schmucky little office in your schmucky little home, you're turning *me* down? For what, so you can go back and listen to housewives piss and moan about how nobody fucks 'em right anymore?|
|Ben Sobel:||I'm also known to the people who know me the best as, The Fucking Doctor.|
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