Analyze That (Widescreen)
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Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal are back as the mob boss and hisreluctant psychotherapist from Analyze This in the hilarious AnalyzeThat. Day after day, Paul Vitti (De Niro), New York's most notoriousgangland figure, shuffles semi-catatonic around his prison cell,occasionally breaking into show tunes. Is Vitti having a nervousbreakdown, or is his behavior a ploy for an early release? The FBI isn'tsure ... and neither is his former psychotherapist, Ben Sobel (BillyCrystal). It will take time to examine the demons lurking in Vitti'smind--time that Sobel doesn't want to give. Not to Vitti. But thereluctant psychiatrist has no choice: Vitti is released to Sobel'scustody, becoming his patient again and, even worse, hishouseguest--bringing his demons and would-be hit men, both imagined andreal.]]>
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But upon picking Vitti up from prison Sobel finds out that the mafioso's been faking his symptoms because he's been targeted by his old cronies who literally want his head on a plate. So it's up to Sobel to attempt once more to help Vitti go straight. The first job opportunity that comes along seems talior made for Vitti: as a Creative Consultant on a Mob movie, which predictably turns sour. So it's not long before Vitti's back to his old ways, joining crime lord Lou Rigazzi and his "family" to help plan a gold heist, which Ben finds himself dragged into.
With Crystal and Barry Levinson serving as Executive Producers, and again Directed and Co-written by Harold Ramis, the man behind the wonderful GROUNDHOG DAY and the amusing MULTIPLICITY; ANALYZE THAT is a huge disappointment which pales in comparison to its predecessor. Obviously just an attempt to cash in on the success of the first movie, it's lacking that crucial something: A good script.Read more ›
The sequel, and I don't know why they bothered(actually I do - $$$$$$$$), is depressing viewing simply b/c most of it is just a re-hash of the first film. The brief out-takes provided are funnier than the entire film.
With "Analyze That", we have Crystal's Dr. Sobel grieving the loss of his own father at the beginning of the film and we're treated to Sobel saying at least 5 times throughout: "I'm grieving. It's a process." We got it the first time you said it. And it wasn't very funny to begin with. We also get to go over the whole assassination of Vitti's father thing, with the requisite flashbacks, and how that has scarred him. This territory was mined in the first film and they didn't need to go there again. But they do. The only difference in this film is that we have Vitti faking lunacy(this is where we have to sit through the painfully unfunny scene of Deniro doing a few Broadway show tunes in prison) and being entrusted to the care of Crystal's Sobel with much hilarity ensuing. Not even close.
One of the best things about the first film was the character Jelly and some of Crystals reactions & line readings. I didn't find Deniro funny at all in the first film. But in "Analyze That", Jelly has hardly anything to do at all and isn't remotely funny. Crystal has a couple of lines I laughed at and Kudrow is again wasted along with Cathy Moriarty, whom I usually love. Vitti & Sobel get to cry again. Ugh!!! Why is it so often necessary to weigh down comedic films with mawkish sentimentality.Read more ›
As Crystal's character grieves the passing of his father, DeNiro's character's schemes a way out of prison in order to keep from being the victim of a plot to put him on ice, permanently. DeNiro fakes mental illness in order to get placed in Crystal's custody so he can get out of Sing Sing. The rest of the movie is spent with DeNiro trying to regain his status as mob while trying to figure out who attempting to bump him off. Crystal tries desperately to stay out of the way, but as you can imagine, gets hopelessly involved in DeNiro's affairs. Numerous predictable scenes (as well as copious amounts of gratuitous vulgar language) occur that seem to be part of the movie because of the lack of imagination and skill shown by the writing team.
Unfortunately the talents of two fine actors are wasted in this turkey. Both men put up a good front, but appear to be sleepwalking their way through the movie. A fine supporting cast, including an underused Lisa Kudrow and Cathy Moriarity-Gentile aren't enough to make this a memorable experience. In fact the only genuinely funny character is DeNiro's "right hand man", Jelly.
It's too bad because if you liked the first movie, you'll really go into this show with high hopes. The only good news is, at least, you'll only be out the cost of a VHS or DVD rental instead of movie ticket "sticker shock".
(unfortunately) NOT RECOMMENDED
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"WITH A MIDGET!!!" If you've seen the movie you know what I'm talking about. A great movie, worth watching. Couldn't stop laughing!!!Published 1 day ago by Daniele A.
"Who do you gotta bleep to get some bacon around here?" The whole team that put this sequel together are all masters of their craft. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DALEN ZEMONT
The language is maybe needlessly filthy but it's still funny to watch, just not as surprising and witty as the fist one.Published 3 months ago by Dessislava Boneva