Anger Management As Good As It Gets

17/11/2003
  |  Buy to Own: 17/11/2003
  |  239 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

A double bill of Jack Nicholson films. In 'Anger Management' Adam Sandler and Nicholson star (with a host of cameos from the likes of Woody Harrelson, Ray Liotta and John McEnroe) in this comedy about a man who unwittingly discovers he has alot of pent-up anger within him. Dave Buznick (Sandler) is ordered to undergo a course of anger management therapy after he is accused of air rage. The course is run by Dr Buddy Rydell (Jack Nicholson) who brings together a disparate group of people for his sessions; from bi-sexual porn stars through to an ex-con. However, Buddy has his own issues and these come to light when he insists on moving in with Dave for spell of intensive therapy; both Dave and Buddy manage to bring out the worst in each other and under the same roof means there are alot of sparks flying. Whilst in 'As Good As It Gets' curmudgeonly romantic writer Melvin Udall (Nicholson) is a neurotic homophobic racist who enjoys insulting his gay neighbour, artist Simon Bishop (Greg Kinnear), and being rude to waitress Carol (Helen Hunt) at his local restaurant. However, when Simon is hospitalised, it falls to Melvin to look after his pet dog, Verdell. An emotional thaw begins to set in, and when Carol misses stints at the restaurant due to her son's asthma, Melvin pays for him to have proper medical attention. A budding romance with Carol is threatened, however, by Melvin's obsessive neuroses. Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt each won Oscars for their performances in this prickly comedy directed by James L. Brooks.