Featuring the unlikely pair of Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler, “Anger Management” is distinct. The film takes a psychiatric look at people who are implosively and unnoticeably angry.
Dave, Adam Sandler’s part, is letting people walk all over him and his anger is building up. Dave goes through a few incidents which land him in anger management.
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Buddy, Jack Nicholson, is Dave’s anger management therapist who is widely praised…and INSANE!
Buddy invades Dave’s life in order to help him manage his “anger monkeys”. Dave is certain that Buddy is out to ruin his life, humiliate him, and split him and his sweetheart up.
Dave thinks he is the last person to be in anger management, but Buddy wants to work on his implosive anger. He says, “Implosive is the cashier that takes the coupons day after day then one day pulls out a gun and starts shooting... you’re the cashier.”
Digging into Dave’s past, Buddy uses almost inhumane methods to force Dave to confront his grudges. Dave learns not to bury his fury inside, but rather express it. It turns out that Buddy is a psychiatric genius, and makes Dave a better person by teaching him to take charge of his life.
Dave learns to pronounce his feelings for Linda, Marisa Tomei, and proposes in front of everyone at the Yankee Stadium. There is a bombshell at the denouement of the show when Dave discovers that Linda was responsible for assigning him to anger management therapy because she wanted him to be content.
The acting by all three lead roles was meritorious. Every scene was packed with hilarity and the movie was based on an intriguing idea. The only short-coming in “Anger Management” was the final scene. The singing and dancing was overly cheesy and not fitting for many of the actors, particularly Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson.
This movie is suitable for a movie night with friends and will have you in stitches.
Sadly, this movie deserves a 4.5 out of 5 star rating. “Anger Management” barely misses perfect.