They locked up mob boss Paul Vitti in Sing Sing and that's where he sang sang - bellowing West Side Story tunes and convincing officials he's more suited for a nut house than the Big House. Better yet, the Feds say, let's ... more »release Vitti into the custody of his therapist Ben Sobel. ROBERT DE NIRO (Vitti) and BILLY CRYSTAL (Sobel) reprise their Analyze This roles and reteam with filmmaker HAROLD RAMIS (Caddyshack) and co-star LISA KUDROW.DVD Features:
Ursula S. from BRANFORD, CT Reviewed on 7/19/2014...
Billy Crystal at his best!
Kimberly B. (TheBookHunter) from SALEM, OH Reviewed on 10/16/2008...
good movie, De Niro & Billy work good together.
Deanna | Maryland | 11/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Mob boss Paul Vitti (Robert De Niro) is about to be released from Sing Sing after serving his term, but the FBI agents who have been monitoring him are confused. New York's most notorious Mafia figure walks around his cell in a semi-catatonic stupor, occasionally breaking into songs from West Side Story. Is Vitti having a nervous breakdown because of the recent threats on his life by a rival family or is his odd behavior merely a ploy to get out of jail early? The FBI isn't sure and neither is his former shrink Ben Sobel (Billy Crystal), who gets called in to consult on the case.The last time Dr. Sobel treated Paul, he attempted to get to the source of his anxiety attacks, but barely scratched the surface. It will take time to examine Paul's mind and help put him get back on the right track, but Ben has problems of his own. His psychiatrist father has just died, plunging him into an identity crisis in both his personal and professional lives. Furthermore, he knows his wife Laura (Friends' Lisa Kudrow) will be furious if he allows Paul back into their lives. But when Paul is granted a release into Ben's custody, becoming his patient again and his house-guest, the reluctant Ben finds that he has no choice. In order to get peace back in his life, he must help the troubled gangster sort out his life and find gainful employment.The sequel to 1999's hilariously funny Analyze This is a must see movie! The great news is that Joe Viterelli (Jelly) is back to play Paul Vitti's bodyguard. You may have to watch it twice to catch the dialogue overshadowed the first time by the continuous laughter."
AN UNFUNNY SEQUEL...
Lawyeraau | Balmoral Castle | 05/30/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"My twenty one year old son is home from college for the summer, and, as it was raining out, he decided to rent some films from the local video place. Being a huge Robert De Niro fan and, having really enjoyed "Analyze This", the prequel to this film, he rented it, expecting a very funny film. We hunkered down to watch it together, waiting for the film to make us laugh. We had a very long wait.It is hard to believe that Harold Ramis, the same director who successfully directed the very funny "Analyze This", as well as other successful comedic gems, such as "Groundhog Day" and "Bedazzled", could turn out such an unfunny clunker of a film. Ham handed, leaden, and obvious would best describe this effort. Of course, he is hampered by the material with which he had to work. There is only so much one can do with a script that is torpid, stupid, and just not funny. The director is lucky that he had such an excellent cast with which to work. Who knows how much worse this film would have fared in the hands of less talented and skillful actors.Reprising their roles in "Analyze This", Robert De Niro, as Mob boss Paul Vitti, and Billy Crystal, as his reluctant shrink, Dr. Ben Sobel, do all they can to raise the material with which they had to work to another level. In the final analysis, they are unable to do so, and the film fails to deliver. In fact, the viewer ends up feeling almost embarrassed for them, so forced and contrived are their performances. They are simply not very funny. The actual premise of the film is simple. Paul Vitti is in prison, on the cusp of completing his sentence, when he realizes someone is trying to kill him. He feigns insanity by singing show tunes and being seemingly catatonic, at times. The Feds call in Dr. Sobel, who is forced to take Vitti out of prison into his care and custody, with orders to get Vitti in shape for his parole board hearing and onto the straight and narrow. Once free, however, Vitti reveals to Dr. Sobel that his actions were merely part of a ruse to get out and discover who is trying to kill him. Moving in with Dr. Sobel, Vitti disrupts the doctor's life. He fails to take to holding down a regular job, as he has socialization problems. When Vitti finally hooks up with a gig he can tolerate, as consultant to a TV series about a mob boss, he uses the job as a front for bringing his old crew together and finding out who is trying to ice him.Lisa Kudrow, as Dr. Sobel's wife, is not given much with which to work, and the little material with which she has to work is not particularly funny. Cathy Moriarty, who once played De Niro's wife in "Raging Bull", the film about boxing great, Jake LaMotta, is teamed up with De Niro again. Looking none the worse for wear, she appears here as a rival mob boss. She, too, does the best she can do with the hand that she has been dealt. In fact, the only person in this film who is remotely funny is Anthony LaPaglia in the role of the mob boss on the television series for which Vitti is a consultant. Unfortunately, his is but a small role.Still, this is a film that devoted Robert De Niro or Billy Crystal fans may wish to see. In that case, rent it rather than buy it."
DeNiro is HUGE Comic Talent
carol irvin | United States | 01/06/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The script needed more work. Billy Crystal is hardly funny at all and serves more as a prop for Deniro. Yes, these are all flaws but one thing will keep you laughing through most of the movie: Robert DeNiro is a comedic treasure. No, it was no fluke with his terrific comedy turns in "King of Comedy," "Meet the Parents," and "Analyze This." The man is as brilliant a comic as he is a dramatic actor. The film starts off with someone attempting to kill him while he's serving his sentence in Sing-Sing and his going nuts as a result, being put in a padded cell where he performs non-stop every song from "West Side Story." When he isn't singing, he's in a catatonic state where he fixes his face into that of a bassett hound's droopy face. From there, you see him attempt to hold down minimum wage jobs on the outside to satisfy parole but his "true" nature emerges with every attempt and he "smashes" off the job. Hard to believe that this man emerged from parents who were both fine artists, the father a well known abstract expressionist painter in New York. Should you wait for it on DVD? You easily can but if you are having a bad day and need some laughs, DeNiro will provide them. Crystal just is not in the same league and that shows whenever he is on camera without DeNiro. I used to think Crystal was really funny and now can't figure out why."
How many F_ words can you fit into a movie?
Boy Rocket Scientist | Thousand Oaks, CA United States | 07/24/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Robert De Niro is my favorite actor, and it pains me to see him in this unfunny, vulgar, insipid movie. The screenwriter strained to insert the F_ word into every sentence, whether the situation calls for it or not. Wit is replaced by vulgarity. I laughed only once throughout the entire movie. A total waste of acting talent and my time."
Painfully Obvious Retread
Danny Rizzi | Santa Clara, CA United States | 05/23/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
""Analyze This" was somewhat amusing but not a film that stands up to repeat viewings. Especially since the freshness of the idea has been completely dampened by the successful & far superior HBO series "The Sopranos". The sequel, and I don't know why they bothered(actually I do - $$$$$$$$), is depressing viewing simply b/c most of it is just a re-hash of the first film. The brief out-takes provided are funnier than the entire film. With "Analyze That", we have Crystal's Dr. Sobel grieving the loss of his own father at the beginning of the film and we're treated to Sobel saying at least 5 times throughout: "I'm grieving. It's a process." We got it the first time you said it. And it wasn't very funny to begin with. We also get to go over the whole assassination of Vitti's father thing, with the requisite flashbacks, and how that has scarred him. This territory was mined in the first film and they didn't need to go there again. But they do. The only difference in this film is that we have Vitti faking lunacy(this is where we have to sit through the painfully unfunny scene of Deniro doing a few Broadway show tunes in prison) and being entrusted to the care of Crystal's Sobel with much hilarity ensuing. Not even close. One of the best things about the first film was the character Jelly and some of Crystals reactions & line readings. I didn't find Deniro funny at all in the first film. But in "Analyze That", Jelly has hardly anything to do at all and isn't remotely funny. Crystal has a couple of lines I laughed at and Kudrow is again wasted along with Cathy Moriarty, whom I usually love. Vitti & Sobel get to cry again. Ugh!!! Why is it so often necessary to weigh down comedic films with mawkish sentimentality. And believe it or not, they have Vitti again pointing his finger at Sobel: "You.....you're good. You got a gift." This was something that brought a wan smile to my face in the first film but director/co-writer Harold Ramis must think we all find this a scream because they do it several times here. And if that isn't enough to put you off watching this, the film ends with Vitti, Sobel & Jelly entertaining us with a final show tune. YUCK!!! And not funny!!! That said, if you LOVED the first film and have very low expectations and aren't too picky you may find yourself entertained for 90 minutes. Certainly possible considering some of the positive reviews here but if you're like me, and find that a sequel need not be the same-old same-old, don't bother with this by-the-numbers, playing-it-safe sequel."