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Anger Management (film)

Anger Management is a 2003 American comedy film directed by Peter Segal, written by David S. Dorfman, and starring Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson, and Marisa Tomei. It was produced by Revolution Studios in association with Sandler's production company Happy Madison Productions and was distributed by Columbia Pictures.

Anger Management
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byPeter Segal
Produced byJack Giarraputo
Barry Bernandi
Written byDavid S. Dorfman
StarringAdam Sandler
Jack Nicholson
Marisa Tomei
Music byTeddy Castellucci
CinematographyDonald McAlpine
Edited byJeff Gourson
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • April 11, 2003 (2003-04-11)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$83.5 million[1]
Box office$195.7 million


In 1978, a young Dave Buznik is about to kiss the girl of his dreams, when a local bully, Arnie Shankman, pulls down his pants and underwear, embarrassing him in front of everybody. This leaves Dave with lasting trauma about public affection, as well as repressing his emotions. Twenty-five years later, Dave Buznik lives in New York City, working as an associate for Frank Head, an abusive boss who takes credit for Dave's work. His problems also extend to his private life; his girlfriend Linda's ex-boyfriend Andrew is still close friends with her and is condescending to Dave at work.

While flying to a business meeting, a series of annoyances from a flight attendant and a sky marshal cause Dave to lose his temper. The marshal, who also mistakes Dave for a racist, tasers him. Dave is then arrested for assaulting the flight attendant and sentenced to anger management therapy. The therapist is Buddy Rydell, who is revealed to be the man Dave sat next to on the plane. Buddy's unorthodox techniques cause Dave to lose his temper, and Buddy tells Dave he recognizes his problem as passive-aggressive behavior. When Dave is sent back to court, Buddy intervenes on his behalf choosing to move in with Dave and shadow him in his life as part of more intensive therapy. Failure to comply will result in a year of jail time for Dave. Although Dave believes that co-worker Andrew is doing nothing to ruin him at work, Buddy suspects otherwise and tells him that he needs to start fighting back or nothing will change. After receiving a phone call for Buddy informing him his mother is undergoing minor surgery in Boston, Dave jokes to him about its seriousness, prompting Buddy to warn he'll get Dave back with another practical joke.

The two drive to Boston, after in anger, Buddy smashes a car that was behind his in a parking garage. After seeing Buddy's mother, the two stop at a restaurant on the way back to New York. After Buddy pressures him, Dave flirts and goes home with a beautiful young lady he sees at the bar, but then at her home, rejects her amorous advances out of loyalty to Linda. Later, Dave is devastated to learn that Buddy has told Linda on the phone about the woman, but Buddy explains the woman was a former patient of his, having set up the encounter to get revenge on Dave for the "dying mother" prank. The next morning, Buddy apologizes to Dave and says he explained everything to Linda, and the two then take a detour to a Buddhist Temple, so that Dave can confront a reformed Arnie, who has become a monk. While confronting his tormentor at outdoor group meditation, Arnie expresses his sincerest apologies to Dave for bullying him, but he laughs when Dave reminds him of the kiss incident. Buddy and an initially hesitant Dave provoke Arnie by lying about Dave having molested Arnie's mentally ill sister, and Dave and Arnie fight. Buddy teases the monks into a rage and the two are chased off the grounds, with Dave feeling good on having confronted his tormentor. Back in New York, Dave attempts to propose to Linda but loses his nerve, and Linda suggests that they take a break from their relationship. Soon after Buddy begins dating Linda, Dave sees this as the last straw and loses his cool by attacking Buddy. Being called back into court, Dave is given a restraining order by the judge, who threatens to lock him up if Dave has another incident.

Called into work and yelled at by his boss, Dave finally snaps when he learns that his boss intentionally passed him up and gave a promotion to Andrew. Dave calls Andrew out for trying to interfere with both his promotion and relationship with Linda, revealing he wants Andrew out of their lives forever. When Andrew attempts to insult him by claiming he needed Buddy to back him up and doesn't think he's good enough for Linda, Dave knocks him out cold. Using Buddy's advice, he proceeds to humiliate his boss by using a golf club to wreck his office and reminding him of all the years of his loyal services just to be denied of the promotion he wanted so much. Dave then tells his boss that if he gets out of jail within the next two to five years, he expects his boss to do the right thing and give him the promotion that Andrew presumably resigned from. His boss agrees and Dave deliberately steps on Andrew's head as he leaves. Before doing so, Dave warns his boss to treat his obese cat, Meatball, better. Learning from Andrew that Buddy has taken Linda to a New York Yankees game, Dave assumes Buddy intends to steal his proposal idea and races to the stadium. Security captures him and begins to remove him from the stadium but Mayor Giuliani orders them to allow Dave to speak. After admitting that he does have an anger problem, which was to be more confrontational instead of less, and is willing to change, Dave agrees to kiss Linda in front of the stadium in exchange for her marrying him. Linda and Buddy then reveal that the game was the final part of Dave's therapy, and explain that the tormentors and aggravations he has been put through were Buddy's doing to teach him how to unleash his anger in healthy doses to avoid it building up. Many of the people involved, including the flight attendant and the judge are all Buddy's friends, with the exception of the sky marshal who tasered him, whom Linda reveals was just having a bad day.

The three attend a picnic with Buddy's other patients, where Dave plays a final joke on Buddy with a friend holding the group up with a water gun and the film ends with everyone singing "I Feel Pretty" from West Side Story together.


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The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 43% of critics gave the film positive reviews, with an average reviewer score of 5.2/10, based on 192 reviews. The site's consensus reads "Though not without its funny moments, Anger Management is ultimately stale and disappointingly one-note, especially considering its capable cast."[2] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 52 out of 100, based on 38 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[3]

The film opened to #1 at the box office on opening weekend, August 28-30, 2003, to a stunning $42,220,847 and achieved a total U.S. box office of $135,645,823, and a total worldwide box office of $195,745,823.

TV series adaptationEdit

A television series based on the film premiered on June 28, 2012,[4] starring Charlie Sheen in the role originated by Jack Nicholson; the series was Sheen's first acting role since his firing from the hit CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men on March 7, 2011 after eight seasons.[5] The show was produced by the film's producer Joe Roth, and was broadcast on FX in the United States, CTV in Canada and on TBS in Latin America.[6]


  1. ^ Lang, Brent (September 1, 2011). "'Inside the Revolution Library: Where Joe Roth Went Wrong". Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "Anger Management Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "Anger Management (2003): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2008-05-17.
  4. ^ "Breaking News – FX Locks Summer Launch Date for Comedy Series". The futon Critic. Archived from the original on 2012-09-29. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  5. ^ "Charlie Sheen eyes TV return in 'Anger Management'". Yahoo!. Archived from the original on 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  6. ^ "Charlie Sheen's 'Anger Management' premiered during the summer of 2011 on FX". Archived from the original on 2012-08-03. Retrieved 2011-10-27.

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