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Analyze This (1999)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 5 March 1999 (USA)
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A comedy about a psychiatrist whose number one patient is an insecure mob boss.

Director:

Harold Ramis

Writers:

Kenneth Lonergan (story), Peter Tolan (story) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Paul Vitti
Billy Crystal ... Dr. Ben Sobel
Lisa Kudrow ... Laura MacNamara Sobel
Chazz Palminteri ... Primo Sidone
Kresh Novakovic ... '50s Gangster (as Kresimir Novakovic)
Bart Tangredi ... Young Vitti Sr.
Michael Straka ... Young Dominic Manetta
Joseph Rigano Joseph Rigano ... Dominic Manetta (as Joe Rigano)
Joe Viterelli ... Jelly
Richard C. Castellano Richard C. Castellano ... Jimmy Boots (as Richard Castellano)
Molly Shannon ... Caroline
Max Casella ... Nicky Shivers
Frank Pietrangolare Frank Pietrangolare ... Tuna
Kyle Sabihy Kyle Sabihy ... Michael Sobel
Bill Macy ... Dr. Isaac Sobel
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Storyline

Ben Sobol, Psychiatrist, has a few problems: His son spies on his patients when they open up their heart, his parents don't want to attend his upcoming wedding and his patients' problems don't challenge him at all. Paul Vitti, Godfather, has a few problems as well: Sudden anxiety attacks in public, a certain disability to kill people and his best part ceasing service when needed. One day, Ben unfortunately crashes into one of Vitti's cars. The exchange of Ben's business card is followed by a business visit of Don Paul Vitti himself, who wants to be free of inner conflict within two weeks, before all the Mafia Dons meet. Now, Ben Sobol feels somewhat challenged, as his wedding is soon, his only patient keeps him busy by regarding Ben's duty as a 24 hour standby and the feds keep forcing him to spy on Paul Vitti. And how do you treat a patient who usually solves problems with a gun? Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Taglines:

New York's most powerful gangster is about to get in touch with his feelings. YOU try telling him his 50 minutes are up.

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Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for language, a scene of sexuality and some violence | See all certifications »

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USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Analízame See more »

Filming Locations:

Bal Harbour, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,383,507, 7 March 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$106,885,658

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$176,885,658
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1.85 : 1
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Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal appeared in The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000) and Analyze That (2002). See more »

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Looking through the viewfinder, pictures taken by the FBI show Pauly walking on the water side to the left of the doctor. Later, when the photos are shown, their positions are reversed. See more »

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Dr. Ben Sobel: Paul, you have to channel all this nice grief into a murderous rage.
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why the rave reviews?
2 April 1999 | by MrsRainbowSee all my reviews

The laughs are few and far between. Analyze This is not subtle, it's not intelligent, it's _not even FUNNY_. I wasn't expecting a brilliant piece of work, but THIS is receiving rave reviews?

Crystal needs his own personal director or else some sort of mental strait-jacket so that he learns that there is a point where less is more. He has a few good lines, but for the most part is merely obnoxious. The last scene with the mob bosses is one of the most embarrassing scenes I've ever watched. Why is it even in the film? It looks to me like it's simply a chance for Crystal to do a bit of stand-up on his own, but it's so bad that you want to take him out behind the barn and end his misery.

I'm a huge DeNiro fan and I find even his performance disappointing. His popular crying scenes are really not that great. They look, dare I say it about the great Robert, poorly acted. I wanted to laugh but it just wasn't there. His "you, you" thing was old the first time he used it. With his track record a miss is allowable. With Crystal it's expected. He should stick to making kid's films about giant actors and such things.

If you want to see a really good comedy in this vein, try Grosse Pointe Blank, about a hitman going to his 10-year high school reunion. It's witty, intelligent, and well-acted. But avoid Analyze This, even if you're a DeNiro fan. If you're a fan of Crystal, well, your expectations of intelligent life have probably been lowered to the paramecium level anyway. So enjoy.


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