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Anger Management

Feel the Love 

Year: 2003 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: The level of subtitling in this film is unknown to WSC 
Directed by Unknown 
Starring: Unknown  

Dave Buznik (Sandler) is stuck in a job where he is completely unappreciated. His life seems to be getting him down, and he’s not doing anything to stop it. After a thoroughly confusing bout of air rage, Dave is ordered by a judge to take part in one of Buddy Rydell’s (Nicholson) anger management classes. But after taking one look at Dave, and after yet more “anger” issues raise more problems, Buddy decides that one session is nowhere near enough, and advises Dave to subject himself to a more intensive form of treatment. And so, Buddy invites himself to move into Dave’s apartment, intruding on both Dave’s professional life, and his relationship with his girlfriend, Linda (Tomei). The question is, does Buddy’s unorthodox style of treatment have a point, or is the man just terrifying?

Essentially, Anger Management is the ultimate showcase for both Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler, each of whom seems to delight in the company of the other, and each of whom is given ample screen time to display their talents.  Sandler does what he does fairly well, but is ultimately overwhelmed by Nicholson, who effectively gives a comic acting master class.  The supporting cast is outstanding, particularly Luis Guzmán and John Turturro as two of Buddy’s anger management patients, and “Ooh look!  It’s him again!” actor du jour, John C. Reilly, pops up for a glorious, albeit all too brief moment. If that wasn’t enough, the celebspotting continues with an appearance by Woody Harrelson and an uncredited cameo from Heather Graham, both of which add to the madcap fun.

All in all, Anger Management might not be the most intellectual of films you’ll see this term, and you may very well spot the ending a mile off, but a number of set pieces and Nicholson’s quality ensure that the film is fun, frothy, and full of some truly funny moments.

Laura Watson

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Screenings of this film:

2003/2004 Autumn Term (35mm)
2003/2004 Autumn Term (35mm)