Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Analyze This (1999)

(Yes, that is a price sticker over the lamp – it didn’t want to peel off the VHS jacket)

Synopsis: Robert De Niro blubbers, Billy Crystal complains a lot, and Lisa Kudrow stands around looking pretty.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “A mobster’s going a little wacky. His shrink’s afraid of getting whacked. What kind of mental health advice to you give a guy who solves his problems with guns and a sack of cement?”

What Did I Learn?: Nothing sets the mood for “Italian-American gangster movie” quite like four over-used Louis Prima songs.

Really?: The mob boss is a sobbing wreck, so his minions send a nerdy psychiatrist in his place to a meeting of the major mafia families? Come on...

Rating: Analyze This has a few funny moments (Crystal and De Niro enjoy a decent rapport, and it’s mildly amusing when the hardened gangsters just don’t understand psychobabble), but on the whole, it’s a run-of-the-mill, paint-by-numbers Harold Ramis comedy. I don’t think I’ll be reviewing Analyze That. 6/10 stars.

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