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Analyse That (2002)

Duration 1h 36m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story Effectively a continuation of the first film Analyse This.
Writers/Script Peter Steinfiled, Harold Ramis, Peter Tolan (Characters by Kenneth Lonergan, Peter Tolan)
Additional Info From an estimated budget of $60 million Robert De Nero was paid $20 million.
Director Harold Ramis
Starring Robert De Nero, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow, Joe Viterelli, Anthony LaPaglia
Elevator Pitch The crime boss Paul Vitti pretends to have gone mad in order to be released into the custody of his analyst Ben Sobel. The latter has to task of getting the villain onto the straight and narrow in order for him to appear at his parole hearing in a month’s time. The FBI think that Vitti’s release into the wild with destabilise the criminal fraternity in the city.
Content The madness of the mafia boss is demonstrated, out in the city he makes a hash of a variety of temporary jobs, until he is recruited as an advisor to a TV mafia series. The analyst and the criminal argue a bit, the analyst and his wife argue a lot. There is a car chase and some shoot outs, and scenes in the TV studio. And a bit of a heist.
A View Watching this is a bit like unpacking a set of Russian dolls, but as you do it each revelation is more disappointing than the last. I am currently watching The Sopranos again, where our liking for the characters is tempered by some of their extreme violence, and the exchanges between Tony and the shrink are wonderful. If you are looking for something similar here you will be disappointed. It is terrible stuff.

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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