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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Analyze This can be found here.
When big-time Mafia boss Paul Vitti (Robert De Niro) begins having anxiety attacks due to stress, he picks small-time New York psychiatrist Ben Sobol (Billy Crystal) to help him deal with his inner conflict—and to do it within two weeks so that he can represent the famiglia at a summit meeting of all the Mafia's dons and confront rival Don Primo Sidone (Chazz Palminteri). Meanwhile, Ben is set to marry news reporter Laura MacNamara (Lisa Kudrow), the FBI is forcing him to spy on Vitti, and Vitti considers Ben his standby doctor 24/7 regardless of what is going on in Ben's life. And then there's the ever-present guns. Talk about stress!
No. Analyze This is based on a screenplay by American screenwriters Peter Tolan and Kenneth Lonergan along with the film's director Harold Ramis. It was followed by Analyze That (2002). The story idea is said to have been inspired by the TV show The Sopranos (1999-2007). Some viewers have wondered whether the film The Don's Analyst (1997), in which an aging don decides to retire from "the family business" and seeks psychotherapy, might have been an inspiration for both Analyze This and The Sopranos.
As Ben and Vitti are leaving the meting of the families, Primo open fires on them, and Ben takes a bullet that was meant for Vitti. Suddenly, the FBI and police start closing in from all sides. Vitti and Primo are arrested, and Ben is treated by an EMT. Sometime later, ben visits Vitti at Sing Sing Prison where he's doing 18 months of time. Ben informs Vitti that Primo was found dead in a field near LaGuardia, but Vitti denies having anything to do with it. Ben promises to continue the psychotherapy sessions with Vitti while he's imprisoned. In the the final scene, Ben and Laura dance together on their front porch in view of the massive fountain while Tony Bennett personally serenades them with "The Best Is Yet to Come".
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