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The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  23 May 2014 (USA)
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A curmudgeonly man is mistakenly told that he has 90 minutes to live by his doctor and promptly sets out to reconcile with his wife, brother and friends in the short time he believes he has left.

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Some people have bad days. Henry Altmann (Williams) has one every day. Always unhappy and angry at the world including everyone in it, Henry sits impatiently at the doctor's office when he is finally seen by Dr. Sharon Gill (Kunis). Sharon, who is enduring her own bad day, reveals that Henry has a brain aneurysm. This news makes Henry even angrier, yelling at Sharon he demands to know how much time he has left. Faced with Henry's anger and insults, Sharon abruptly tells him he has only 90 minutes. Shocked and reeling by this news, Henry storms out of the office leaving Sharon stunned by what she has just done in a lapse of judgment. As Sharon goes on a city-wide search, Henry struggles with his diagnosis, determined to make amends with everyone he has hurt in his life. Written by Lionsgate

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Rated R for language throughout and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Mila Kunis said that her parents were from Wisconsin which is where her character in that 70s show was from. See more »

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When Dr. Sharon Gill drives the cab and is pulled over by the cop for speeding, the seats of the cab change. In one scene the seats are without the head rest while the seats appear more modern when she reaches the dance school. See more »

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Henry Altmann: [at Sharon] You told me I was gonna die in ninety minutes, because your cat jumped out a window?
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In the opening credits, certain letters are in red instead of white, spelling out such appropriate words as "anger," "cranky," "grr" and "ire." See more »

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Timely Film About a Dying Robin Williams
20 August 2014 | by (Quezon City, Philippines) – See all my reviews

This film was released in local cinemas almost immediately after Robin Williams tragic and shocking suicide just last week. I watched it without knowing what this was all about, except that Williams was playing the titular "angriest man in Brooklyn." As this black comedy unfolded though, you could not help but think about the probable parallelisms of his character's story to his real life.

Henry Altman is a successful lawyer, but he is one very angry man. He is at odds with everyone around him, be it his wifeBette (Melissa Leo), his son Tommy (Hamish Linklater), his brother Aaron (Peter Dinklage!) or anyone around him. Anything and everything makes him snap, making everyday a bad day for him.

One day, while at the hospital for a checkup, Dr. Sharon Gill (Mila Kunis) tells Altman that he has serious case of a brainstem aneurysm. Altman badgers Dr. Gill for a prognosis. The harassed young doctor, who was having a very bad day of her own, blurts out that he only has 90 minutes to live.

This shocking pronouncement sends Altman out on a personal mission to get together with and make up with all the people he had wronged in the next last hour and a half of his life. However, given his really lousy behavior in the past two years, this quest will not be simple to do.

The whole scenario is a series of highly improbable events happening. The protagonist supposedly only had 90 minutes to live, but he spent the whole of that time running around New York City, instead of driving around. Many scenes, like the scene on the Brooklyn Bridge, or the old friend in the cafe, to mention a few, were awkwardly staged and too melodramatic. Those scenes with the Uzbek taxi driver were the absolute worst in this film.

This is not exactly be among Robin Williams' best films, but he still makes the best out of its flawed screenplay. Only he can make this most miserable and disagreeable character still come out charming and sympathetic. Only Williams can deliver those mile-a-minute lines with such energy and inimitable style.

Mila Kunis also does well in her role as a burned-out young medic struggling to deal with very difficult and demanding patients. I just wished those scenes where she was fornicating with a senior doctor did not have to be shown. It just ran so much against her character. The other impressive names in the cast like Melissa Leo and Peter Dinklage were simple so underused. How I wished they could have had more scenes of interaction with Williams. It was such a waste of an award-winning cast members.

Ordinarily, a film with such a negative topic like this may not really be rated very well or even given much notice. I dare say it might not even be released in local theaters. However, given the real life events surrounding its star, this film's sensitive story line about death and dying gains a different significance.


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