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Analyze That
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by MP Bartley

"The least required sequel ever? Probably"
2 stars

It's up there with Legally Blonde 2, Jeepers Creepers 2 and Gregory's Two Girls. Sequels that just make you scratch your head and think, why? Sure, the first one was decent enough, but...a sequel?

Billy Crystal is still Ben Sobel, psychiatrist, and Robert De Niro is still Paul Vitti, mobster who is currently locked up in jail. After feigning insanity, Vitti is released into Sobels care. Hilarity ensues. Or not.

I'm a fan of the first movie, 'Analyze This'. It was funny (very funny) in parts to see De Niro playing up his ruthless gangster image against Crystal's weedy and terrified shrink. It was funny to see De Niro solemnly promise to Crystal "I go fag, you die", and it was very funny to see Crystal fantasising screaming at a patient.

Contrast that to this movies similiar scene: Sobel is at his fathers funeral, delivering a eulegy when he snaps and delivers a tirade of insults to his dead father. Death can be funny, when it's used in black comedy and at the right time, say 'Very Bad Things' for example. But 'Analyze That' is not a black comedy, it's a multiplex player, one for the masses and this scene is mis-placed and mean spirited.

Crucially it's also not funny and sums up 'Analyze That's main problem: it's just not funny the second time around. We've seen it all before, the clash of Vitti's criminal past to Sobel's domestic bliss, and it's not a strong enough joke to last two films.

And if it was funny to see De Niro develop a comedy bone in the first and take it further in 'Meet The Parents' then he takes a backward step here. If you thought his 'are you talking to me?' spoof in 'The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle' was bad enough, prepare to cringe as the man who was Raging Bull sings excerpts from 'West Side Story' and pretends to whack off, over the thought of dinner. It's excruciating to watch. Ladies and gentlemen, we may be watching the death of De Niro: the serious actor.

The 'West Side Story' joke also illustrates another main problem: the joke is stretched far too far and just becomes silly. So Vitti thinks the only way to feign convincing insanity and get out of prison is to sing songs from a musical? But of course he would!

And as a job, he becomes an advisor on a 'Sopranos' type tv programme? Of course he would!

And by the time Crystal becomes involved with an armed robbery I'd lost all interest in the why's and what's of the film. And as a running punchline "I'm grieving. It's a process" isn't really up there with "Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop smoking/quit drinking/quit sniffing glue"

It flirts dangerously to one-star ignimony, but it isn't even that bad. It's just very, poorly average. It isn't funny, period, and that is the biggest flaw any comedy can have. Admittedly I did chuckle at a scene where De Niro has a job in a jewellers (as stupid a concept that an ex-con would get a job in a jewellers is) and struggles with the temptation to turn the place over. But one good joke in a ninety-minute comedy? That's not a good percentage.

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User Comments

9/16/17 morris campbell unfunny sequel 1 stars
8/19/09 Jeff Wilder Mobsters and shrinks. An amusing concept that can really only be used once as this proves. 2 stars
6/12/05 Charlie A good performance by Robert De Niro. 4 stars
4/29/04 Ray Boring!!! 2 stars
6/26/03 cochese Very bad followup, Its just not funny, its not fun. 1 stars
6/11/03 Brannie not bad, prettuy funny 4 stars
5/28/03 Dr. Bitterpants Introductions are in order: Mobster Cliché, meet Psychologist Cliché. 2 stars
5/27/03 Charles Tatum Funny in parts 3 stars
12/12/02 Greg Edmiston If you absolutely loved the first one, you will find this interesting/entertaining. 3 stars
12/08/02 Karl Marx Weak, some simple unoriginal but redeeming jokes. And fuck the 30 minutes previews. 2 stars
12/08/02 syrius i didn't laugh much 2 stars
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