96 Min | Comedy – Crime | December 2002
IMDB Rating: 5.9
Director: Harold Ramis
Starring: Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow
Analyze That Review: “Analyze That” is proof the critics can be wrong. In Analyze That, The Boss and The Shrink are back in therapy Paul Vitti (Robert De Niro) has been locked up in Sing-Sing for 850 days. Ben Sobel (Billy Crystal) has just lost his father. That’s when he gets the call from Vitti. Vitti gives him the low-down: Someone is trying to kill Vitti in jail. Sobel hangs up, Vitti gets mad, so he fakes crazy, and Sobel gets called in. Sobel believes Vitti is cuckoo in the slammer, as he sees him singing tunes from “West Side Story”. So Vitti is released into the custody of Ben Sobel. But on the ride to Sobel’s house, Vitti snaps out of it, only to reveal that he is not crazy, but, in fact, quite well. Now Vitti must start a new life and get a real job – that involves working “from 9 to 5!” – and find out who is trying to kill him and why.
Scenes like these are hilarious. And while there are somewhat long sequences without any laughs, the laugh-out-loud scenes more than make up for those lacking. The only thing about Analyze That that makes me drop the rating a notch is the execution of the last half hour. Just like the first movie, they set up a ridiculous “action” ending, that isn’t action at all. Its ending is overlong and goes way too long without any laughs. But that is the only thing I didn’t like about the movie. De Niro and Crystal have a real chemistry, even more so here than in the first film. De Niro steals the scenes he is in, and Crystal steals the scenes he is in, and when they are both on screen, you’re not sure who to look at. De Niro made a few comedies here and there in the past, but in the last three years he’s coughed out some funny movies. “Analyze This,” “Meet the Parents,” “Analyze That,” and to a certain degree, “Showtime.”
In Analyze That, Lisa Kudrow is grossly underused – one gets the feeling that much of her part ended up on the cutting room floor. Both Crystal and de Niro are pretty good (this is called `damning with faint praise’ in the trade, if you’re wondering) There are some pleasing shots of New York, and David Holmes’ soundtrack has its moments (although is nothing to his work for Ocean’s Eleven or Out of Sight) Analyze That is not a bad film, just a rather forgettable one. Puts the sleep’ into `sleeps with the fishes.’