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Analyze This

4.1 out of 5 stars 264 customer reviews

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Rackets, extortion -- hey, it can put a lot of pressure on a guy. De Niro is a stressed-out crimelord and Crystal is the put-upon psychiatrist recruited to help him -- or else!

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Cast Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal together in a film and it should be a sucker's bet as to who's going to be funnier and who's going to give the more nuanced performance. Somehow, though, De Niro walks away with most of the laughs in Analyze This, a buddy action-comedy about a mob boss (De Niro, natch) suffering from panic attacks who makes a nebbishy shrink (Crystal, natch) an offer he can't refuse--actually, it's not really an offer, it's a command. The good doctor is forced to help the gangster get in touch with his feelings. Had the brilliant TV series The Sopranos not underscored how thin and watery and shticky director-cowriter Harold Ramis's approach to such potentially rich material actually is, the movie--a hit in theaters and De Niro's biggest film ever--would seem more fresh and kicky. De Niro's definitely a hoot as the ever milder menace, and Crystal actually concentrates on giving a credible performance opposite the acting legend (alas, he doesn't turn his character's fear of his patient into inspired comedy, as Alan Arkin did in Grosse Pointe Blank). The conclusion devolves into the requisite gunplay, and Chazz Palminteri and Lisa Kudrow are criminally wasted as an opposing mob boss and Crystal's fiancée, respectively, but overall, it's breezy fun. --David Kronke

Special Features

  • Gag reel full of outtakes

Product Details

  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow, Chazz Palminteri, Kresh Novakovic
  • Directors: Harold Ramis
  • Writers: Harold Ramis, Kenneth Lonergan, Peter Tolan
  • Producers: Billy Crystal, Bruce Berman, Chris Brigham, Jane Rosenthal
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 17, 1999
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JGPE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,028 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Analyze This" on IMDb

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By Matthew Horner on March 22, 2002
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Once again we have a movie centered on the Italian Mafia. There have been so many movies, both serious and comic, on this subject that we tend to know in advance every possible outcome. The twist here is rather clever. Mob boss Paul Vitti [Robert De Niro] is having an emotional crisis that is interfering with his work. He confides in his right-had man, Jelly [Joe Viterilli]. Coincidentally, Jelly's car was rear-ended the day before by a prominent psychiatrist, Ben Sobel [Billy Crystal]. They go to Sobel's office, where Vitti demands to be cured of his problem. Sobel agrees to treat him. It's not as though he has much of a choice.
Sobel now has a number of problems to deal with. His profession deals with people's emotions. Vitti is from a world where real emotion is thwarted by a macho code of behavior. Only Jelly knows he is seeing a shrink. For the rest of the mob to know would bring dishonor. Sobel is also about to get married, or he thinks he is. What he quickly finds out is that working for Vitti means he is on call twenty-four hours a day. This ensures that the wedding day will be a disastrous one. Soon the FBI is investigating Sobel for gang related activities. His life is seriously disrupted, yet he secretly finds it exhilirating.
There are several good sight gags in Analyze This. When Sobel runs his car into the rear of Jelly's Lincoln, the trunk pops open to reveal to all the world a man tied up inside. Jelly's efforts to distract Sobel are hysterical. There are also several clever dream sequences, which play havoc with Freudian psychology.
This is the first picture in a long time where the talented Billy Crystal is always in command, even in his scenes with the great De Niro. His character gives him an opportunity to stretch his comedic abilities.
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This film is hilarious. It borrows from all the gangster themes and really works as a comedy with an original story with elements of a spoof too. Crystal and DeNiro are superb, as are the supporting cast of gangsters. However, who cast Lisa Kudrow in this? She has shown yet again that the only role she can play is Phoebe. Her part is small but she still manages to be just as annoying as always. Really out of her depth in this company.
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I love when Robert De Niro does comedy, he is a natural. Of course, all of his other more serious roles are excellent too - but in this film, which plays off of his gangster characters over time just makes him even funnier in this role. Of course, Billy Crystal is excellent as well and the chemistry between the two is just super.
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What could beat this!!! Sad to say, I just saw it after all these years and realize how much the Sopranos series "borrowed" from this excellent film. Really a must see for any De Niro fan, which should be everyone!
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I wouldn't resort to superlatives with regard to the film, but there are a sufficient number of amusing moments to make it worth watching. Neither star goes the entire length of the movie without embarrassing moments, times when what they are doing must give them an itch of discomfort; probably few in the audience did not have the same problem, sequences which just weren't funny but had to be endured. Overall, though, the average viewer, not a particular fan of either Star, should enjoy watching if the price of doing so is modest.
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Robert De Niro plays the role of a Mafia Don, who is in great emotional distress, ready for a melt-down, and chooses Billy Crystal to be his psychotherapist. The doctor of course is not thrilled to treat a patient, who is the leader of the Mafia, so he tries over-and-over again to dismiss his duties to treat him. However, the Mafia gives the doctor an offer, he simply cannot refuse. Treat the patient, or swim with the fish. Therapy sessions begin, and each session is more-and-more hilarious, with laugh-out-loud entertainment.

Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal deliver Superb acting performance, and this movie made me realize that De Niro can be as funny, as he can be the evil guy in other movies. This comedy entertains from start to finish, and the rest of the cast were also funny. If you like De Niro and Billy Crystal, you will enjoy this movie. There are hysterical moments in scenes that grab your attention, and have you craving for more comedy entertainment. When this movie was released, it was one of the Best comedies of the year to many viewers. If you like comedy, you will love this! We have watched it countless times, when in the mood for a comedy, and found it as entertaining and funny as the first viewing. Highly recommended!
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I loved the movie but was a bit upset that I had to pay to view it when it was listed as a Prime Instant Watch, then reverted to a paid viewing when I went to order it. I hope this doesn't happen a lot or I won't be using Prime anymore.
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The premise of the movie - gangster needs a shrink - has a lot of humorous potential. Unfortunately for me and for my husband, that potential is never realized. When a movie begins, sometimes it's a slow start and the movie builds on that start to create great entertainment. Unfortunately, that never happened in this movie. Basically the Dr. character wants to get married and every time the wedding gets close, the gangster shows up and hilarious hi-jinks ensue. But they don't. Just the same joke numerous times. I wouldn't call this a complete waste of time, but it was very disappointing.
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