Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Joe Vitterelli, Lisa Kudrow,
Molly Shannon and Leo Rossi.
Analyze This is freakin hysterical! At first I harbored
a strange aversion to Analyze This. After all, Billy
Crystal's last flick, My Giant was such a giant
disappointment and sooo creepy--one big yech fest from
which I couldn't remove myself fast enough from the extremely
comfortable seats to run out and trough at the Sweet Tomatoes
salad bar next to the theater and trough like a human tick.
What was Billy thinking...maybe... "At least I'm not
Chevy Chase!" I digress. That, having been the
last thought of dear Billy, I was not expecting the FABULOUS
movie I saw.
Ramis (along with a small army) wrote and directed this hysterical
parody of the Mob and hilarious insights to modern psychotherapy.That
might be due to the fact most of the writers came from dysfunctional
childhoods, grapple with a latent Oedipus complex and suffer
from penis envy. But, that's just speculation.
Anyhoodlum...Crystal's dead pan delivery of a well penned script
had me laughing so hard I actually had to see the movie twice!
Crystal's Ben Sobel, is dragged into mob boss Paul Vitti's
( Robert -sexiest man living- De Niro) life to help cure him
of panic attacks; not that it prevents him from offing people
anyway mind you.
was De Niro great! He did his own parody! He must have a great
sense of humor to spoof himself like that. He is right on the
funnybone target. The man who brought you Raging Bull
now brings you raging laughter. His suits are to die for! Ya,
know that's why evil is so alluring; they always dress the bad
guys exceptionally snazzy and the good guys from the Big K Unfuckable
Collection of Kenny Rogers polyester leisure wear. No wonder
girls are attracted to a bad element; they're flame retardant.
Niro's archnemesis, Chazz Palmenteri has been given so few lines
it pained me. He shed his rotunda manfat from Hurly
Burly and looks as svelte and delicious as eva! Could
he be better? Ah, no.
and see this! You will be bursting with guffaws. Hey, don't
go if ya got a cold, ya may blow snot on the people in front
of ya (and days could be packin' a piece ya know). I am so happy
Billy's back on top where he should be; he's a gem.
And Bob? Please what can't that guy do? Oh yeah, sing. Remember
New York New York? He's forgiven.
recommendation: Some pasta fagioli, a little penne
ala vodka, bracciole, meatballs--mangia! You're
too thin! Eat before the show, so ya stink of garlic for that
odorama affect. Xanax for dessert.