Management, Dir: Peter Segal - Cert: 15
the opening titles started to roll I discovered that this is indeed an
Adam Sandler film. By this I dont mean that he is one of the stars
of the film but rather its his production company that is behind
the film. Most of these / his previous films follow a very similar pattern:
Sandler is an annoying prat with some behavioural problem that manifests
itself in either a psychological or physical condition and that is countered
by some blatant character / audience manipulation, giving the Sandler
character some inherent positive, polictally correct attribute. This is
essential to get his character on the side of the audience.
Virtually all his movies follow this pattern of overcoming this affliction
while teaching a moral lesson and trying to give laughs along the way.
Generally I find the films quite simplistic, slap-stick and a best inconsistently,
So you can imagine my heart sinking when I saw that Anger Management was
a Sandler production. Being a fan of Jack Nicholson and I wondered if
he had become a bit short of cash, especially as he looked like playing
second fiddle to the slightly irritating Sandler1.
Anger Management is the simple story of Dave Buznik (Sandler), embarrassed
in his pre-teens when about to have his first kiss and thus resulting
in certain expressive and confrontational problems in his adult life.
It is the role of Jack Nicholson (as Buddy Rydell) to lead Sandler through
a series of experiences and confrontations thus resulting in a cathartic
process of healing for the Sandler character. While the narrative and
its conclusion are never in doubt and the premise simplistic and naïve,
the film is actually quite enjoyable and funny and only briefly annoying
This moderate comedic success is almost entirely down to Jack Nicholsons
110% performance. In years 50 years time I think the cinematic and performing
communities will appreciate him even more than they do now. He offers
such gusto and energy to almost all the roles he takes he is enjoyable
to watch even though some performances seem variations on a theme.
The film is also peppered with other subtle references, one to Nicholsons
own temper problems when he smashed a motorists windscreen with
a golf club. There are quite a few cameo appearances by other big names
too, most notably the beautiful Heather Graham, and most annoy cameo goes
to ex-New York mayor Rudi Giuliani who takes over the role of the You
can do it! line that is ever-present in the Sandler films. The usual
culprit being Rob Schneider. Bring back Rob!
If you want a good, solid comedy with another great performance by Jack
Nicholson then you will not be disappointed. 7/10 (6 is maybe a little
harsh, but Im undecided)
(Sandler pocketed a huge $25,000,000 + a percentage of the films