Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA/Australia, 1999. Village Roadshow Pictures, NPV Entertainment, Baltimore Pictures, Spring Creek Productions, Face Productions, Tribeca Productions. Story by Kenneth Lonergan, Peter Tolan, Screenplay by Peter Tolan, Harold Ramis, Kenneth Lonergan. Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh. Produced by Jane Rosenthal, Paula Weinstein. Music by Howard Shore. Production Design by Wynn Thomas. Costume Design by Aude Bronson-Howard. Film Editing by Craig Herring, Christopher Tellefsen.
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.
Golden Globe Award Nominations: Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Robert De Niro)