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Fresh from seeing Jack Nicholson in fine form at the Oscars as a nominee for About Schmidt we're just about to see him again in a vastly different but still malevolent mode in Anger Management.. Adam Sandler once again plays an overly mild-mannered character, he's Dave Buznik, a down-trodden designer of pet accessories who can't bring himself to propose to girlfriend Linda, Marisa Tomei, let alone kiss her in public. When he flies off to a business meeting a series of incidents on the plane leads to him being accused of making aggressive, racist statements. He's hauled up before the court and assigned to a 20 session anger management course, run by none other than his companion on the plane therapist Buddy Rydell, Jack Nicholson. Dave joins Buddy's group but is led astray by Chuck, John Turturro, in a barroom brawl where a waitress is hurt. Back to the court for Dave - and it's thirty days intensive therapy with Buddy. Having seen the trailer for this film I thought there wouldn't be very much more to offer, but despite the frankly incredible set-up, I found myself enjoying Anger Management way beyond expectations. The combination of Nicholson and Sandler works, Marisa Tomei fits, director Peter Segal keeps things hopping, and there are numerous amusing cameos by such luminaries as Heather Graham, John C. Reilly, Harry Dean Stanton, Woody Harrelson, John McEnroe and former mayor of New York Rudolph Giuliani. Anger Management's over-the-top fun. Comments by David Stratton Yet another Hollywood comedy which starts with a good premise and then gets dumber and dumber as it unfolds. The opening scene, with Dave's mild request for a head-set being construed as plane rage by a airline stewardess who insists "these are difficult times for America" sets up a very contemporary idea about how the American character is getting more aggressive. But the film doesn't follow-through. It's too content for Adam Sandler to play silly buggers and Jack Nicholson to over-act. Disappointing.

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