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A.J.'s Rating: 1 Sandler Star
Anger Management
Directed By:  Peter Segal
Written By:  David Dorfman
Starring:  Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler, Marisa Tomei
Rated:  PG-13 (on appeal for crude sexual content and language)
Running Time: 106 Min.
    Do you like comedies?  I know I do. Clever comedies, silly comedies, quirky comedies, romantic comedies, even just plain stupid comedies.  The ones I like best are funny comedies.  You know the ones I mean.  The ones that make you laugh.  The ones that make you laugh real hard. 
   
    They say that laughter is the best medicine.  Did you know that?  Yeah, it's true.  Now, I don't know who 'they' are, and, to be perfectly honest, I don't really care.  Who 'they' are doesn't matter.  What does matter is that, in this case, 'they' seem to know what they're talking about.  Laughter is good stuff, and, I'll be the first to admit it-  I'm easily entertained. 
   
    Anger Management stars Adam Sandler, Marisa Tomei, and some old guy named Jack.  It's a comedy, and it wants to make us laugh.  It wants to make us laugh real hard.  Everything about this movie just screams 'Hey, you in the audience!  This is funny!  Laugh, dammit, laugh!"  But, that's not how good comedy happens, at least, not in my humble opinion.  Good comedy has to occur effortlessly... naturally... organically.  You know, like when someone gets hit in the crotch by a football.
   
    Now, nothing against the fine actors and actresses in Anger Management, and nothing against Mr. Adam Sandler, either, but this movie just isn't funny.  I can't blame the actors.  That would be wrong.  After all, funny on the page doesn't always equal funny on the screen.  I understand this.  What these filmmakers should understand is that they can spew out all the goofy looks, one-liners, cameo appearances, and illogical situations they want, but if it ain't funny, you won't see me chuckling with mock amusement.  Got it?  And don't spoon feed it, either.  Do you think I want to be force fed my humor?  Do you actually believe I'll laugh with delight while you shove your so-called comedy down my throat?!  Forget about it!  In fact, that won't make me laugh, that'll just make me angry!  You don't want to make me angry... you wouldn't like me when I'm angry.
   
    Now then, where were we?  Oh, yeah... Anger Management. While I must admit that Jack's eyebrows are fantastic in this film, they just aren't enough to save this exercise in forced neurotic merriment.  If you've seen the trailer, then you've seen everything worth seeing. 
   
    My mistake was in hoping that this was a Jack Nicholson movie with Adam Sandler in it, when it's actually the other way around.  Perhaps a laugh-track would have helped... perhaps not.  Anyway, none of it made me laugh very much.  Though, I'll give them this; they tried hard.  They tried real hard.
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Review published
April 12, 2003
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