The mafia's Paul Vitti is back in prison and will need some serious counseling when he gets out. Naturally, he returns to his analyst Dr. Ben Sobel for help and finds that Sobel needs some serious help himself as he has inherited the family practice, as well as an excess stock of stress. Written by
A sequel to the 1999 comedy Analyze This. The mob boss Paul Vitti (Robert De Niro) is released from prison to the reluctant custody of Ben Sobel, his neurotic psychiatrist (Billy Crystal). Sobel has to try to convince Vitti to reform himself and get a lawful job easier said than done. Vitti does find work as a consultant for a mob-themed TV show, but at the same time rivaling gangsters are after him and Sobel is more stressed than ever.
I like the original film a lot and there is fun to be found in the sequel as well. De Niro lampoons his many gangster roles and mob movie clichés in general, while Crystal's role continues the Woody Allen tradition of neurotic worrying. Both have mastered the mannerisms and dialog their roles demand, making the more down-to-earth scenes much funnier than the big action set-pieces, such as the armoured truck robbery in the end. Even though I laughed many times, I don't think the jokes come out as effortlessly as in the first movie, but Analyze That is a very watchable sequel in any case. In his last role, Joe Viterelli also deserves a nod for his performance as Jelly, Vitti's right-hand man.
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