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Analysis Date: April 11, 2003
CAP Score: 44 out of 100
CAP Influence Density: 1.76
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(2003), PG-13 ...one does NOT have to embrace the sin to embrace the sinner.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Happy Madison, Jack Giarraputo Productions, Revolution Studios
Distribution (US): Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director(s): Peter Segal
Producer(s): Barry Bernardi, Allegra Clegg, Allen Covert, Derek Dauchy, Todd Garner, Jack Giarraputo, Tim Herlihy, John Jacobs, John L. Jacobs, Joe Roth, Adam Sandler
Written by/Screenplay: David Dorfman
Cinematography/Camera: Donald McAlpine
Music: Teddy Castellucci
Film Editing: Jeff Gourson
Casting: Roger Mussenden
Production Design: Alan Au
Art Direction: Domenic Silvestri
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6, Granbury, Texas
David Buznik (Adam Sandler) is on his way to meet with company executives about a promotion. Leaving his girlfriend, Linda (Marisa Tomei) with no more than a light kiss since Buznik has a thing about showing affection in public, Buznik boards a plane and begins his bizarre journey into the twilight of sanity.
Upon boarding the plane, a rather obnoxious character is in Buznik's seat. When confronted with this, the character advises Buznik to find another seat since the character was involved in showing off to the ladies around his seat. Now pipes up another passenger, telling Buznik the seat empty next to him was ... er ...empty, inviting Buznik to sit there. Buznik accepts the invitation innocently, knowing not what is in store for him.
The guy next to Buznik is watching a movie and is laughing loudly while Buznik tries to get some shut-eye. Failing to convince the guy next to him of his need for quiet, Buznik compromises and asks the flight attendant (Marisa Chandler) for a headset so he can at least listen to the show. After several times of being treated as an interruption rather than a reason for her job, the flight attendant keeps insisting that Buznik lower his voice and calm down. What we see as polite courtesy, the characters on the plane see as uncontrolled anger -- crazy! An air marshal (Isaac C. Singleton Jr.) enters the episode and repeats the flight attendants wishes to Buznik. Within seconds, the air marshal "subdues" Buznik with a tazer. The next scene shows Buznik in court. The Honorable Brenda Daniels (Lynne Thigpen) orders Buznik to undergo 20 days of anger management therapy under the care of -- who else? The guy who sat next to him on the plane. Dr. Buddy Rydell (Jack Nicholson). Fresh off Peter Fonda'a motorcycle in Easy Rider. Or at least looking like he got off a motorcycle.
So, poor ole Dave has to suffer the slings and arrows of Dr. Buddy Rydell's often unorthodox anger management therapy. Part of which was for Rydell to move in with Buznik. And sleep with him. In the same bed. Nude. At least Rydell was. Here is a note that the trailers do not always match the finished product. In the trailers were unmistakable scenes and dialogue of Rydell trying to "spoon" with Buznik. Much of that footage was not there in the cut I saw. Spooning was mentioned when Buznik suspected some rough behavior by Rydell the next morning was because Buznik would not spoon with Rydell. Gooood material for 13 year olds, dontcha know? Well! That's what the rating caption says. "Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13." That says, mom/dad, that all material is appropriate for 13 year olds and above. No matter what God says. No matter what you say. By the way, the "spooning" is not by any means the extent of same-gender sexual immorality in the show. Not by any means. [Mark 7:21]
Several mishaps happen to Buznik while under the care of Dr. Rydell, some because of Dr. Rydell. In one case, Buznik tries to defend someone in a bar and a blind man starts hitting Buznik with his cane. In a defensive maneuver, not knowing the man was blind, Buznik breaks a waitress' nose and takes the cane away from the blind man. Back in court, Buznik is sentenced to a year in the state penitentiary, depending on how well he complies with Dr. Rydell's therapy, which was lengthened to 40 days.
There is a twist to the plot not even hinted to in the previews and trailers. I'll not reveal it should you feel this movie to be acceptable to your family after reading the findings in the Findings/Scoring section.
Now to provide a little summary of the reason you parents visit us: the emboldening and desensitizing assaults on morality and decency. Anger Management is another R-13
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Offense to God (O)
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|"There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|