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Anger Management


by Peter Malone,19-8-2003

Anger Management

Director: Peter Segal
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler, Marisa Tomei
Duration: 106 minutes

After Jack Nicholson's two previous films, The Pledge and About Schmidt, Anger Management seems rather frivolous. The theme is serious enough, the anger and rage that lurk beneath the surface of so many 'ordinary' people, people who feel put down and have a low self-esteem, and can erupt at the most unexpected times. However, the general setting is portrayed as realistic, the treatment is more like farce, situations for a sitcom. And, when the final twist is revealed at the end, it makes it all seem too unbelievably contrived.

Perhaps Jack Nicholson had his eye on the popular success of Robert de Niro's two 'Analyze' films - even to singing songs from West Side Story where Nicholson has it all over de Niro! The formula is some what the same except that the psychiatrist is now the seemingly crazy extravert and the client is the meek and submissive type. Jack Nicholson looks as if he has been overdosing on his performances in The Shining and The Witches of Eastwick to create his Buddy, the anger management therapist. It is left to Adam Sandler to bring the quiet and reflective atmosphere until Buddy challenges him to self-assertion and he is able to propose in front of thousands at the Yankee Stadium, urged on by Rudoph Giuliani and the fans.

In the meantime, poor Dave (Sandler's character who designs clothes for outsize pets) is caught up in assaults in a plane and in a bar which are not really of his doing. As a favour to Buddy, David is sentenced to a month's anger management with Buddy moving in and controlling David's life - and, it seems, stealing the affection of his girlfriend, Marisa Tomei. There are therapy groups with John Turturro and Luis Guzman leading the rage group. David has to persuade a girl in a bar (Heather Graham) to date him; he has to confront his childhood bully who is now a Buddhist monk (John C.Reilley); he has to challenge his boss who has overlooked him for promotion.

Many of these sequences are quite funny, especially with Sandler capitalising on his hangdog style rather than just being stupid as he has tended to do in many films. But, overall, cast expectations would lead audiences to expect something a little funnier and a little less silly.

 


 

 



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導演:彼得薜高
演員:積尼高遜、阿當桑迪拿、瑪莉莎杜美
片長:106分鐘

本片跟積尼高遜兩齣前作〈血色死約〉及〈薯嘜先生〉比較,明顯看來較輕率膚淺。電影的主題相當認真,談及有關潛伏在普通人心裡的憤怒:他們總覺得被欺壓,自我形象極低,他們的憤怒往往在預料之外爆發出來。本片的佈局雖然包裝得現實,但有關的治療卻似一場鬧劇,正如處境喜劇般。加上最後的結局舖陳,使整齣電影看起來令人難以信服。

或許積尼高遜目睹了羅拔迪尼路兩齣〈教父咪搞〉電影成功,因此在演繹〈夢斷城西〉的歌曲時,也充滿了羅拔迪尼路的影子。本片跟〈教父咪搞〉的橋段類似,除了精神病專家瘋狂地活躍,他的顧客則是溫順及唯命是從。積尼高遜是次的表現,跟過往在〈閃靈〉及〈冤鬼捉伊人〉一樣,過份地演繹一位控制憤怒的治療師畢迪。阿當桑迪拿帶出寧靜及反思的氣氛,直至畢迪挑戰阿當作自我肯定,阿當最後鼓起勇氣,在棒球場內數千人前、在朱利亞尼及球迷的催促下,向女朋友求婚。

故事講述戴夫(阿當在片中的角色是負責為體積巨大的寵物設計衣服)在飛機及酒吧裡,與人發生爭執被捕,實際上他是無辜的。他被判跟畢迪接受為期一個月的「憤怒治療」,從此畢地控制了戴夫的生活,甚至偷去戴夫女友瑪莉莎杜美的「感情」。片中另有兩個由尊托圖路及路易士吉士文領導的治療憤怒小組。戴夫必須在酒吧中說服一女子(希芙嘉咸)跟自己約會;他亦須與童年好友,但現在已是佛教僧侶的尊懷利對抗;他要挑戰老闆,批評他忽略了自己,沒有得到晉升。

片中有許多有趣的場面,尤其是桑迪拿放棄以往的詐癲扮傻,改以羞怯的方式演繹。但整體而言,電影的演員陣容使觀眾預期片中有更多有趣的場面及少一點傻氣。

翻譯:TMG
編輯:王慧慈

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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