Anger Management

Anger Management

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Director: Peter Segal, Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson, Marisa Tomei

Cast: Peter Segal, Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson, Marisa Tomei

     
 

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Sure to be the success on DVD as it was in theaters, Anger Management presents an overall package that is sure to please. The 2.40:1 anamorphic transfer is up the usual standards, though, at times, some digital shimmering is present. Colors are strong as are the darker scenes, which hold up nicely. As is often the case now, a cut-up, pan-and-scan version is

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Sure to be the success on DVD as it was in theaters, Anger Management presents an overall package that is sure to please. The 2.40:1 anamorphic transfer is up the usual standards, though, at times, some digital shimmering is present. Colors are strong as are the darker scenes, which hold up nicely. As is often the case now, a cut-up, pan-and-scan version is also available separately. As with most comedies, the 5.1 Dolby Digital audio track is centered up front, and doesn't utilize the surrounds in any measurable way; the dialogue is clear and clean throughout. Supplements include a scene-specific commentary from director Peter Segal and star Adam Sandler. Although hardly the most informative track, these two do contribute some amusing anecdotes and plenty of joking with each other. Also included are two featurettes, starting with a brief and bland four-minute cast and crew salute to co-star Jack Nicholson. It doesn't amount to much, but the other one, at 18 minutes, is worth watching. Entitled "Skull Session," this piece isn't much more than studio fluff, but still delivers some fine interviews and location footage. Next up are four deleted scenes which are surprisingly good and could easily have remained in the film. Five minutes of cast bloopers are a real highlight of the extras, in particular those of Heather Graham and her chocolate issues. Finally, along with a relatively entertaining "test" to determine if you need anger management sessions, are numerous trailers, including one for this film, Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights, S.W.A.T., Mona Lisa Smile, Radio, and Peter Pan, along with a few others.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
As with his other films, Adam Sandler has populated Anger Management with talented character actors who have great fun with their roles. John Turturro, John C. Reilly, Woody Harrelson, and Luis Guzman all generate laughs with throwaway lines. Their presence is welcome because at the center of the film Jack Nicholson and Sandler's chemistry fails to generate any comedic sparks. They are not phoning in their performances, but they are not quite on the same page. The big comic set pieces between the two do not have the energy that the scenes with the supporting characters have. Anger Management certainly works as an Adam Sandler vehicle. Once again he has cast himself as an essentially nice and sweet guy troubled by a large reservoir of repressed anger. He squirms in the beginning of the film when confronting people who take advantage of him, and eventually learns to let fly with some patented Sandler temper in order to show that he has a backbone. Punch-Drunk Love showed that Sandler was interested in evolving his comedic persona. This feels like an attempt to take some of what he learned from that film and make it more palatable for his core audience. Sandler fans will not be disappointed, but Anger Management hints at a better film that could have been.
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
A comedy as bracing and furiously right for the moment as it is broad and huggable.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2003
UPC:
0043396100374
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:46:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature-length commentary by Adam Sandler & director Peter Segal; "Skull Session" behind-the-scenes featurette; "My Buddy, Jack" featurette; Deleted scenes; Gag reel; "Do You Have Anger Problems?" game; Bonus trailers; Animated menus

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adam Sandler Dave Buznik
Jack Nicholson Dr. Buddy Rydell
Marisa Tomei Linda
Luis Guzman Lou
Allen Covert Andrew
Lynne Thigpen Judge Daniels
Woody Harrelson Galaxia
John Turturro Chuck
Harry Dean Stanton Actor
Kurt Fuller Frank Head
Jonathan Loughran Nate
Krista Allen Stacy
January Jones Gina
Bobby Knight Himself
John McEnroe Himself
Rudy Giuliani Himself
Judith Nathan Herself
Tony Carbonetti Himself
Bob Sheppard Himself
Robert Merrill Himself
Roger Clemens Himself
Derek Jeter Himself
Lou Rawls Actor
Heather Graham Kendra
Kevin Nealon Sam
John C. Reilly Arnie Shankman
Adrian Ricard Rose Rydell
Peter Spruyt Ricky
Ray Liotta Himself

Technical Credits
Peter Segal Director
Alan Au Production Designer
Jeffrey Beck Set Decoration/Design
Barry Bernardi Producer
Teddy Castellucci Score Composer
Thomas D. Causey Sound/Sound Designer
Allegra Clegg Co-producer
Allen Covert Executive Producer
Mick Cukurs Set Decoration/Design
Derek Dauchy Co-producer
Michael Dilbeck Musical Direction/Supervision
David Dorfman Screenwriter
Michael Ewing Co-producer
Todd Garner Executive Producer
Jack Giarraputo Producer
Jeff Gourson Editor
Tim Herlihy Executive Producer
John Hockridge Asst. Director
John Jacobs Executive Producer
Patricia Klawonn Set Decoration/Design
Ellen Lutter Costumes/Costume Designer
Donald M. McAlpine Cinematographer
Jeff McDonald Art Director
Roger Mussenden Casting
Adam Sandler Executive Producer
Debra Schutt Set Decoration/Design
Domenic Silvestri Art Director
Chris Spellman Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [2:48]
2. Dave Buznik [1:11]
3. "This Seat's Available" [1:08]
4. The In-Flight Movie Incident [4:27]
5. Dr. Buddy Rydell [1:01]
6. The First Session [6:54]
7. Dave & Chuck, Angel Allies [1:37]
8. Andrew [3:52]
9. Tsouris [2:18]
10. Buddy for the Defense [2:33]
11. In the Lair of the Rage Rhino [2:49]
12. Bunkmates [1:59]
13. Breakfast With Buddy [1:52]
14. "I Feel Pretty" [2:58]
15. Frank Head [2:14]
16. Clothes for Fat Cats [3:50]
17. A Walk on the Wild Side [3:17]
18. Miracles of Modern Science [2:17]
19. Shades of Early Emily Dickinson [1:56]
20. Making a Little Room to Back Up [2:42]
21. Kendra [5:28]
22. An Angry Beached Whale [6:36]
23. Arnie the Anger Monk [10:53]
24. Dinner at Mort's [4:43]
25. Potentially Upsetting News [4:01]
26. The Cat Clothing Catalog [2:49]
27. Romance Comes to Yankee Stadium [7:30]
28. "I Feel Pretty" (Reprise) [9:45]

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Anger Management 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anger Management is an enjoyable and often very funny comedy. Although it lacks in parts, Jack Nicholson shines as Buddy, a therepist whose unorthodox methods would make one think that he was in need of ''anger management.'' Sandler also has his moments as the timid Dave, a role that differs from his drunken Billy Madison and anger prone Happy Gilmore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
loved and enjoyed every part of this humorous video. very well directed, extremely intertaining, and it will keep you laughing. a good strong rating of 4/5 suits this movie perfectly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some people hate this movie, but how can you? Jack Nicholson as a scheming anger mangament teacher, and Adam Sandler falling for it? Classic!! Giving a Budhist monk a wedgie for vengeance is extremely funny. Not only is it hilarious, Meatball is the best spokesmodel for fat cat clothing. HaHa!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adam Sandler seems to rely hugely on his the other actors in the film to have the funny lines or exciting scenes. I believe without someone like Jack Nicholason or John Turturro that the film would not have been as funny. i think b/c of that it makes it that much better of a film and we are seeing Sandler come out of his shell of routine comedies.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Adam Sandler's worst movie since Little Nicky and