Anger Management (2003)

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After a misunderstanding aboard an airplane that escalates out of control, the mild-mannered Dave Buznik is ordered by Judge Daniels to attend anger management sessions run by Doctor Buddy Rydell, which are filled with highly eccentric and volatile men and women. Buddy's unorthodox approach to therapy is confrontational and abrasive and Dave is bewildered by it. Then, after yet another mishap, Judge Daniels orders Dave to step up his therapy or wind up in jail. So, Buddy moves in with Dave to help him battle his inner demons. Buddy himself has no inner demons since he acts out at every opportunity and that includes making lewd comments about Dave's girlfriend Linda and goading Dave into confronting every slight, past or present, head-on. But Buddy finally goes too far and Dave must decide whether to crawl back into his shell or stand up for himself. Could it be that Buddy's confounding and contradictory treatment is just what the doctor ordered?


  • Adam Sandler
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Marisa Tomei
  • Luis Guzmán
  • Allen Covert
  • Lynne Thigpen
  • Kurt Fuller
  • Jonathan Loughran
  • Krista Allen
  • January Jones

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It contains terrific sequences, and Nicholson and Sandler team up better than one might expect. But the film plays like two characters in search of a story and runs a good 15 minutes too long.

Metacritic review by Kirk Honeycutt
Kirk Honeycutt
The Hollywood Reporter

Anger Management is bearable up to its protracted climax, set in Yankee Stadium, which gets my vote for the most excruciating wind-up of any comedy, ever.

Metacritic review by David Edelstein
David Edelstein

It's good fun for a while, especially the therapy sessions that feature Luis Guzman as a gay hood with a paunch he covers in Day-Glo spandex and John Turturro as Dave's anger buddy. John C. Reilly also scores as a bully turned Buddhist monk.

Metacritic review by Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone