Analyze This

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Warner Bros. Released 1999

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Director:
Harold Ramis
Released:
1999
Rating:
R

Analyze This brings a heavy dose of comedy to the nebulous world of psychiatry. Starring Billy Crystal and Robert DeNiro, this film follows the interactions between Dr. Ben Sobol (Crystal) and his client (DeNiro) as they work through the insecurities and issues that plague Vitti's life as a mob boss. Dr. Sobol feels unchallenged at work and stressed by his family, and Vitti has his own problems. His position as the Godfather gives him a certain reputation to uphold -- violence, stoicism, and sexual prowess, for instance. But since he can't kill people, has anxiety attacks in public, and has trouble performing, Don Vitti demands that Dr. Sobol cure him of all social issues within fourteen days, when a summit is being held for all the Mafia Dons. At last faced with a real challenge, the psychiatrist certainly gives it his best shot, but life becomes overwhelming at just the wrong times, and when you're on a 24-7 standby for a mob boss, boundaries become just a bit difficult.

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  • 80

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    As he demonstrated in "Groundhog Day," Ramis knows how to handle a high-concept story with unusual cleverness, and he does it again here. It helps to no end that De Niro and Crysta...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The comedy here isn't all on the surface, and Viterelli [the bodyguard Jelly] is one reason why.

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    The gradual dilution of fresh humor is further undercut by a queasy sense that the picture, in the end, is quietly endorsing all the psychoanalytical mumbo jumbo that it has been p...

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Crime