Review Date: April 07, 2003
Director: Peter Segal
Writer: David Dorfman
Producers: Jack Giarraputo, Todd Garner
A tiny nod also goes out to Marisa Tomei for playing her part of the "adorable girlfriend" as "adorable" as can be, and to Heather Graham for, once again, gracing us with a clean shot of her wonderful package in undergarments. Thanks babe...I needed that!! Another thing that surprised me about this movie was its reliability. You know how a lot of these comedies start off strong for the first half an hour but then steamroll into zero laughs and unfunny gags up the wazoo? Well, this film started the same way but surprisingly maintained a pretty consistent quotient of laughs throughout (except for the finale, which went for the inevitable Sandler "romantic corn"). And while the plotline is obviously not a revolutionary one, they still managed to spice things up with a left turn here and a right turn there. Some of the more memorable moments included lesbians in action, Mayor Giuliani getting the honors of Sandler's trademark "You can do it!" line, eclectic anger management sessions, fun with fat cats, fun with fat monks and the underlying humorous notion of Sandler being misdiagnosed in various situations as well as plenty of the proverbial Sandler staples like dick jokes, gay jokes, cameos galore, swearing and folks getting angry and going loopy. On the negative tip, the editing seemed a little choppy with some scenes feeling short or even left out and the revelatory ending, a little lame and somewhat unrealistic. Certain jokes also didn't work for me including the "West Side Story" shtick, which I thought was taken a little too far, and the Woody Harrelson cameo, which seemed like a "funny" concept, but didn't play all that well (although it's nice to see that he's alive and well...or high?) Then again, not every joke works in any comedy, so that's par for the course. In the end, I certainly don't foresee folks doing cartwheels over this production, but if you're looking for some "easy" laughs with a couple of big-time movie stars, and several funny supporting characters, having a blast with an entertaining screenplay, ANGER MANAGEMENT might just be for you.