Anger Management

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2003

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Director:
Peter Segal
Released:
2003
Rating:
PG-13

Anger Management relates the story of Dave Buznik (Adam Sandler), a mild-mannered pacifist who ends up in anger management therapy after an in-flight misunderstanding escalates out of control. Dr. Buddy Rydell (Jack Nicholson), a celebrated therapist, is assigned to the case but Dave finds his methods a little unusual, to say the least. He's sure he doesn't need therapy, and definitely not from crackpot Buddy. When a second misunderstanding lands Dave back in front of Judge Brenda Daniels (Lynne Thigpen), his situation doesn't improve. Now he's court-ordered to live with his crazy therapist. Far from helping him, the therapy sessions are actually encouraging his anger, and his frustrations soon alienate those he loves most, including his girlfriend, Linda (Marisa Tomei). When Linda breaks up with Dave, he's sure he can win her back, but she's moved on - with Buddy! Completely broken, his life in tatters, Dave has to dig deep to find the strength to repair the damage his therapy has caused. The 2003 film also co-stars John Turturro, Luis Guzman, Woody Harrelson, January Jones, and Kevin Nealon.

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  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    The antics here are strained, graceless and tiresomely crude, the sorts of things audiences feel they're supposed to laugh at rather than well-developed situations that generate ge...

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Undercooked, although it feels enough like a comedy for you to swallow it if you have to.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Though what he does here pretty much defines coasting, Nicholson just fooling around adds an energy to even the kind of hopelessly contrived material that lets you know that the lo...

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