Erin Richter
May 16, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Analyze That

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
95 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/06/02
performer
Billy Crystal, Robert De Niro, Lisa Kudrow, Anthony LaPaglia, Cathy Moriarty
director
Harold Ramis
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Harold Ramis, Peter Steinfeld
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C+

No real breakthroughs occur in cowriter-director Harold Ramis’ follow-up to his 1999 hit Analyze This. De Niro returns to the brilliantly cast role of troubled Mob boss Paul Vitti: Suddenly a marked man, he gets released early from prison into the custody of his nebbishy shrink (Crystal), who’s assigned to help the mafioso go legit. The sequel is ripe with comedic potential (as Vitti tries his criminal hand at new careers), and real-life Aussie Anthony LaPaglia as the New Yawk-talkin’ Australian star of a Mob drama is a fun catch. But the frequently rough dips into more serious sleep-with-the-fishes territory leave the dramedy unbalanced.

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