Anger Management

April 11th, 2003


Anger Management

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Sandler plays a businessman who is wrongly sentenced to an anger-management program, where he meets an aggressive instructor.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 6.1/10 (84,984 voted)

Critic's Score: 52/100

Director: Peter Segal

Stars: Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler, Marisa Tomei

Mild-mannered timid businessman Dave Buznik who works for a pet clothing company out of New York City. He's got an abrasive boss named Mr. Frank Head who frequently takes credit for his work and steps on him in return. He's got a loving girlfriend, Linda, whose best friend is her condescending college ex, Andrew. But when a misunderstanding aboard an airplane goes haywire, Dave is ordered by the court to undergo anger management therapy at the hands of specialist Dr. Buddy Rydell, who is an unpredictable, psychopathic character. As the relationship between Dave and Buddy becomes more tense, when the unorthodox treatment wreaks havoc Dave's life, and Buddy might be the only one who can save him from a problem he recognizes right away in his patient, that could only get worse.

Adam Sandler - Dave Buznik
Jack Nicholson - Dr. Buddy Rydell
Marisa Tomei - Linda
Luis Guzmán - Lou (as Luis Guzman)
Allen Covert - Andrew
Lynne Thigpen - Judge Brenda Daniels
Kurt Fuller - Frank Head
Jonathan Loughran - Nate
Krista Allen - Stacy
January Jones - Gina
Woody Harrelson - Galaxia / Security Guard Gary
John Turturro - Chuck
Kevin Nealon - Sam
Conrad Goode - Bailiff / Lexus Man
Gina Gallego - Bar Waitress

Taglines: Feel the love


Official Website: Sony Pictures |

Release Date: 11 April 2003

Filming Locations: Bronx, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $42,220,847 (USA) (13 April 2003) (3551 Screens)

Gross: $133,756,285 (USA) (15 June 2003)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The shots of the Boston Medical Center are actually of Alfred Lerner Hall, the student center at Columbia University.

Continuity: In the scene where Dave, is on his balcony of his apartment speaking on the phone, there is a boat passing in the background. The wake from the boat disappears when it goes under the bridge, but re-appears when it is on the other side.

Dr. Buddy Rydell: Now then we need to go over some ground rules. You are to refrain from any any acts of violence including verbal assault and vulgar hand gestures. You may not use rage enhancing substances, such as caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, crack cocaine, slippy-flippy's, jelly stingers, trick sticks, bing bangs or flying willards.
Dave Buznik: How 'bout fiddle-faddels?
Dr. Buddy Rydell: Under my supervision. Also, if you are unable to stop masterbating please, do so without the use of any pornographic images depicting quote, unquote 'angry sex.' That having been said, I'm a pretty good guy and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised how much fun we can have together.

User Review

Jack definitely takes over Sandler, Anger Management is good for a few laughs

Rating: 7/10

I saw this movie in the theater with my father and I have to say even though Sandler can annoy me most of the time, this is one of his better comedies. I think he owes that to Jack Nicholson's performance, since Jack can carry a film so well he also makes the jokes into perfect cues and great laughs. Adam does a good job as well, both actors worked very well together and actually have great chemistry. I think everyone would agree that their version of "I feel pretty" was just so awesome and beyond hilarious. It was also nice to see that this wasn't a typical Sandler film filled with predictable cameo's of his friends, so it showed that he could carry the film without doing the common predictability.

Dave is a man who designs cat suits for fat cats, he has a beautiful girlfriend, Linda, and seems to have it together, only he's actually pretty taken advantage of by his boss and Linda's ex boyfriend. He lets a lot of things go. One day when he is on a plane, he is accused of "assulting" a flight attendant and racist marks, despite the situation actually being the opposite. But he is sent to anger management anyways and is being mentored by Dr. Buddy Rydell, a bit of a psychotic, but this proves Dave's "internal" anger and turns out to prove that Dave does need help and who might be crazier in life.

Anger Management is sometimes a bit silly, but I love this comedy, it's always good for so many laughs. Buddy was just so awesome in that scene where he has to pull his car out of the parking spot, but there is another car blocking him and he just handles it "his way", you'll have to see. Adam and Jack were great together and I would recommend this film for anyone. Like I said, it's not a typical Sandler film and really works well.



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