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Anger Management (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 11 April 2003 (USA)
2:27 | Trailer
Dave Buznik is a businessman who is wrongly sentenced to an anger management program, where he meets an aggressive instructor.


Peter Segal


David Dorfman
3,467 ( 202)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
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


Mild-mannered timid businessman Dave Buznik 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. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for crude sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Buddy's car is a 1995 Land-Rover Range Rover County LWB Series I. See more »


When Dave is on the phone with his lawyer, talking about the tape a blue van in the background changes to a white van between shots. See more »


Chuck: You come down here before the black wolf swallows my brain! AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!
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Crazy Credits

Our thoughts and prayers go out to LYNNE THIGPEN and her family. She was a great actress and a great lady. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the TV version, Chuck's line "Oh, sorry. That's a letter I'm writing to Geraldo Rivera" is changed to "Oh, sorry. That's a letter I'm writing to my father." See more »


Referenced in The O.C.: The Anger Management (2005) See more »


On & On
Written and Performed by Stephen Bishop
Published by Stephen Bishop Music Publishing Co.
Courtesy of Dominion Entertainment, Inc.
Under license from Spirit Music Group
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Typical Adam but full of laughs
2 May 2003 | by WalterFrithSee all my reviews

Wait! If you like Big Macs you don't stop eating them because they're all the same, do you? If you like Coke, you don't stop drinking it because every serving tastes the same, do you? Well, with Adam Sandler you sort of get the same thing. His movies all have a climax that usually deals with resolving silly situations, getting the girl, both or something almost the same with his blue collar and juvenile humour thrown in for honest laughs whether you think it's funny or not. Sometimes you find yourself laughing at these kinds of jokes even though you probably would not in another movie like it. Adam plays a man who is wrongly convicted of air rage and is sentenced to pay a huge fine and is forced to serve 20 hours in anger management sessions. His doctor (Jack Nicholson) is a hostile and irritating boob who increases Sandler's anger. Sandler violates the court order and is threatened with a year in jail unless he spends his sessions with Nicholson in a very close manner for 30 days. The ending has the movie making sense more than you thought it would after you've questioned it all the way through and Peter Segal's frat house style of direction is just right for this mix that puts the characters in ridiculous situations that you may find infectious. Sandler's movies are like the Three Stooges: others are better at what they do but the low brow stuff has a strange kick to it! Cheers to Jack for trying a film far below his talents, making his character work and having a blast at being second banana!

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Release Date:

11 April 2003 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,220,847, 13 April 2003

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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