Anger Management | Chicago Reader

Anger Management

That loud springing sound you just heard was Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson snapping back into their normal box-office personas after respective dramatic stretches in Punch-Drunk Love and About Schmidt. Sandler plays a keyed-up businessman sentenced to attend an anger-management seminar; Nicholson is the rascally therapist who moves into his home and tries to steal his girlfriend (Marisa Tomei). Scripted by David Dorfman and directed by Peter Segal, the movie delivers a steady stream of laughs (many of them courtesy of John Turturro, Luiz Guzman, and an uncredited John C. Reilly as a violent Buddhist monk). But as a comedy duo Nicholson and Sandler pose no threat to the legacy of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, in part because Sandler is so outclassed, but mostly because everyone involved is playing it safe. 116 min.

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