Anger Management (2003)


I thought I would really hate this movie. Adam Sandler has not impressed me since the late 90s. His previous few movies like Jack and Jill or Just Go With It have been terrible. He’s a long way removed from his earlier comedies like Happy Gilmore or The Wedding Singer, but I found myself laughing here a lot more than I thought I would.

Jack Nicholson is really funny as the anger management doctor assigned to Sandler’s character after an altercation he has on an airplane. Jack basically plays the same character he has the past few years in films like As Good As It Gets or The Bucket List. He’s a jerky old man who you wonder why he’s not in anger management therapy himself rather than the man dishing out advice for his aggro patients.

The supporting cast is strong. John Turturro and Luis Guzman are fun as two of Nicholson’s patients, as are January Jones and Krista Allen. They star as a pair of porn star lovers with anger issues. The supporting cast and Jack Nicholson save this from being a train wreck on par with some of Sandler’s later turkeys.

Sandler is fine in this. There is a very funny scene where he sings “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story to help curb his anger. It’s very funny to see him deal with Nicholson’s nutty doctor, and let’s face it, when Sandler loses his temper Happy Gilmore-style it can be very funny. Woody Harrelson also has a very funny cameo as a transsexual prostitute that Nicholson uses in one of his anger management techniques.

I think I liked this movie because the expectations were so low. I can’t give this film a huge rating because both leads have been better. In the end, this is a fun film and a good way to waste 90 minutes on a rainy afternoon.

Rating: C+

I don’t expect a lot from Adam Sandler anymore. He was once one of my favorite comedians, having grown up watching him on Saturday Night Live and in great movies such as Happy Gilmore and The Wedding Singer. But as the 2000s dawned he had lost a lot of his appeal for me. His movies started to suck, and I moved on to the likes of Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell, and Tina Fey.

When we sat down to watch Anger Management I wasn’t expecting much. I remembered the movie trailers featured a lot of Sandler and Jack Nicholson yelling, people getting punched in the face, and the two of them singing “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story.

Yeah, so the trailers totally sum up the entire movie. It is just a lot of yelling, punching, and the occasional singing. Some of the jokes are pretty funny, and the supporting cast is solid, but beyond that this is a fairly ordinary comedy. Still, when compared to Sandler’s string of disappointments (Little Nicky, Mr. Deeds, Click, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry…), Anger Management is actually quite good. Still, it’s not vintage Sandler, and the plot is pretty contrived even for this type of comedy.

Rating: C-

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