(out of 5)
Strong comedy directed by Harold Ramis about a mobster (Robert De Niro) who decides that the best way to overcome his overwhelming feelings of anxiety when performing gangland hits is to consult a psychiatrist (Billy Crystal) and work his feelings out. Eventually, they become friends, and the hilarity from two completely disparate worlds clashing is cheerfully wrought out by the script (co-written by Kenneth Lonergan). Lisa Kudrow has a delicious supporting role as Crystal’s fiancee, and Ramis steers the project clear of the usual cliches of this kind of comedy, creating a work that is pure pleasure and more than mild distraction.
Directed by Harold Ramis
Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh
Music by Howard Shore
Production Design by Wynn Thomas
Costume Design by Aude Bronson-Howard