into this I was an angry camper. All
the funniest moments up Ďtil then had been shown in the trailer, so they had
little impact. The people responsible for the trailer should never have
lunch in this town again because they had no faith in their film.
Thereís no excuse for showing the punch lines in a trailer to try
to get people to come to your film.
There, I got that
off my chest. I feel so much better. Next, I think sometime in the near
future Iíll write a review that consists of just two words that will say
it all. Those two words are
ďJack Nicholson.Ē Iím not
one who thinks actors are worth nearly anything like what they get.
$20 million for Sandra Bullock?
Give me a break! But if
anybody is worth it, Jack is. This
guy just seems to get better with each movie.
I canít remember walking out of a Nicholson movie without thinking
that he just canít get any better than that.
Anger Management is no different.
Nicholson is magnificent. If
the filmís P.R. people had the confidence in Jack that he has earned, they
wouldnít have made a trailer so destructive to the enjoyment of the film.
But Nicholson isnít alone here.
His co-star, Adam Sandler, is right up there with him. Together they make this film a big winner.
is a comedy fantasy. By
fantasy, I donít mean people flying and all that.
I mean that the things that happen just couldnít happen in real
life. But, really, neither
could any of the screwball comedies. Can
you imagine a woman living with a leopard as in Bringing Up Baby? The talent
is in making it seem like it would play in real life, and thatís what
Director Peter Segal and writer David Dorfman have accomplished.
I left my
incredulity at the door and entered this fantasy world with no pre-conceived
notions of how things really are. Dave
Buznik (Adam Sandler) is a seemingly mild mannered Caspar Milquetoast with a
gorgeous, sexy girl friend, Linda (Marisa Tomei), and a job that appears to
be some sort of executive assistant for an abusive boss.
He boards a plane to visit his boss when heís manipulated into a
confrontation with a flight attendant.
The judge in the resulting trial orders him into ďAnger
ManagementĒ and a class given by therapist Dr. Buddy Rydell (Nicholson),
who decides to move in with him. From there Buznikís life is turned upside down by Buddy.
His romance is threatened, as is his job. Adding to the pleasure is a
myriad of cameos. Every so
often a familiar face appears to join in the fun.
This film is
delightful, funny nonsense that had me laughing out loud.
April 12, 2003