Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal are back in ANALYZE THAT, the sequel to their
hit comedy, ANALYZE THIS. Although the laughs come regularly and often, the
movie suffers from a bad case of sequelitis, and the script wanders aimlessly
from joke to joke without any narrative drive and with little plot or
Mobster Paul Vitti (Robert De Niro) is being released from prison into the
reluctant care of his therapist, Dr. Ben Sobel (Billy Crystal). Ben tries to
help Paul go legit by arranging a series of jobs for the old Mafioso. Typical
of these disasters is Paul's brief time as a luxury car salesman, when he brags
about a trunk's capaciousness by estimating the number of bodies it could
Paul finally discovers his calling when he is asked to provide technical
guidance for the "Little Caesar" television series, which features an
Italian-Australian actor playing an Italian-American gangster (Anthony
LaPaglia). Killing people realistically is something that Paul knows and cares
about, so he throws himself into this position. Meanwhile, one of Paul's old
criminal connections is trying to have him killed. But who?
Hands-down the best parts of the production are a couple of song and dance
numbers that Paul attempts badly but humorously. These musical bits are from
WEST SIDE STORY, and, although they certainly won't encourage De Niro to try a
Broadway musical, they are hilarious.
ANALYZE THAT runs 1:35. It is rated R for "language and some sexual content"
and would be acceptable for teenagers.
My son Jeffrey, age 13, gave it ***. He thought the physical comedy and dialog
were both really funny.
Copyright © 2002 Steve Rhodes