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Analyze This

Published March 19, 2020

Analyze This

Film info

  • Title Analyze This
  • Director Harold Ramis
  • Year 1999
  • Run time 1hr 43m
  • Genres Comedy, Crime
  • Tagline You try telling him his 50 minutes are up

A frantic psychiatrist's life is turned upside down when he is forced to treat a domineering mob boss whose dirty secret is his fear of ordering a hit.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:42 “The whole wise-guy world.”
3:44 That tractor is the slowest getaway ever.
5:55 “I needed to get in touch with my uniqueness.”
11:47 Weddings really aren’t once-in-a-lifetime things these days.
16:27 “This friend… is it me?”
24:29 The son listening is so naughty!
29:05 The mermaids in the window is kinda weird.
29:57 “What is my goal here, to make you a happy, well-adjusted gangster?”
37:15 “I’m redefining weird on an hourly basis.”
40:11 Love Phoebe in this. “Do you want another drink? Because I’m definitely having 8 or 9.”
50:18 That’s a different kind of hit on the pillow.
52:02 I love it when sending a kid to their room isn’t a punishment at all.
57:29 Oh damn, more references I don’t get.
1:05:29 What is a bran muffin?
1:06:35 “Murdered, heart attack, what’s the difference?”
1:16:34 I know it is a very skilled profession, but it does come across just as asking questions back to the patient.
1:26:09 Haha, imagine them wearing a ‘hello my name is’ badge.
1:28:31 Elmer the Fudd.
1:35:19 Ickle tank!

Thoughts

Not sure how we stumbled upon this film, but a good comedy is always what’s needed in times like this. And it was a really good comedy - an interesting idea, well executed, with great work from Billy Crystal. Lisa Kudrow was pretty much being Phoebe but she had her moments too.

The fatal flaw this film suffers from, though, and it’s a big one: Robert De Niro can’t fake cry. It always looked like he was taking the piss every time. That does make it a bit hard to go along with the premise that this mob boss has feelings.

But, I still liked it. Good movie. How they made a sequel I don’t know, but I suspect at some point I’ll find out!

Rating: 3 / 5

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