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Plot Overview

APPROVEDThis is a sequel to “Analyze This” (1999) in which mobster Paul Vitti (Robert De Niro) was given a 1½ year sentence. After serving 2½ years in Sing Sing (with time added for bad behavior,) he has become the de facto boss of the prison population and the target of a paid hit to get him out of the way of the families before his upcoming parole. In desper­ation he fakes a “brief psychotic disorder” to gain release into the custody of his schmuck shrink Dr. Ben Sobel (Billy Crystal.)

tombstoneBen's whole family is loony, his dad was as cold alive as now dead, and Ben has inherited his doctor father's practice and hang-ups. Vitti inevitably reverts to his old habits and Ben gets sucked into the gang's latest caper becoming his “responsibility” and ultimately “one tough shrink.”

business womanThe one voice of normalcy comes from Ben's career woman wife Laura (Lisa Kudrow) who's a con­sum­mate hostess. That makes Ben “pussy-whipped” in the guinea eyes of Vitti although American culture would deem him a sensitive man. Vitti's paid “friend” Sheila was loud enough to raise the roof. The female fibbie's attire gave her a leg up on the men. And mob moll Patti LoPresti (Cathy Moriarty) could do with a better wig.


One shouldn't be too quick to pass off lessons on success from a high school dropout who has “an IQ just north of a bed­room slipper,” because good things some­times come in small packages. As said Solomon, (Prov. 30:24) “There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:”

chauffeur(Prov. 30:25) “The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer.” It's good to start preparing for one's life work while young. Ram­bunc­tious Paul Vitti at age 6-7 wanted to be a cowboy, so his dad bought him a cow­boy getup including a six shooter. Get used to packing, kid. He joined a street gang and has “been a menace to society since he was twelve years old.” Patti LoPresti helps her daughters develop adult graces, “Michelle, Theresa, its 10:30. Stop effing around and get ready for ballet!” Ben's seventeen-year-old son Michael (Kyle Sabihy) is “working for Mr. Vitti. I'm his driver, now. … You keep telling me to get a job.” Replies Ben, “Yeah, making sand­wiches at the Subway, not driving a getaway car.”

punching out(Prov. 30:26) “The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks.” Location is critical. Mr. Vitti had a hard time fitting into the jobs—required—that Ben's career counselor friend set up for him (“Being a criminal is all he knows.”) Finally, he ended up as a “consultant [and] technical advisor, coaching actors” on the movie set of “Little Caesar,” a TV series about organized crime. Says Vitti, “This is just a good cover till I figure out what I'm gonna do.”

Welcome(Prov. 30:27) “The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands.” It's good to have an informal support network. At the start we see Mr. Vitti having made friends with a prisoner Earl (Brian Rogalski) who was bigger and stronger than he. Then he sets up house with the Sobels giving him­self respect­ability. He reunites with his old crony Jelly (Joe Viterelli) who's beat a rap. And finally he gets together with all his old crew.

quartet(Prov. 30:28) “The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.” The final step to success is to take hold of ambitious opportunities to secure one's niche in this world. It's an imposing palace that the little spider finds her place in. Like­wise, Vitti pulls off a humdinger of a caper if perhaps transient as the spider's frail web. They break out into song afterwards:

Paul Vitti: “There's a place for us.”

Dr. Ben Sobel: “A time and place for us.”

Jelly: “Hold my hand and we're halfway there.”

Dr. Ben Sobel, Paul Vitti, Jelly: “Hold my hand and I'll take you there. Some­how, some­day, somewhere!”

Production Values

” (2002) was directed by Harold Ramis. It was written by Kenneth Lonergan, with characters developed by Peter Tolan & Peter Steinfeld. It stars Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Joe Viterelli, Lisa Kudrow, and Cathy Moriarty. De Niro and Crystal reprise their earlier roles from “Analyze This.” They did well with what they had to work with. The rest of the cast looked real good, too. It wasn't a killer script.

integrated poolMPAA rated it R for language and some sexual content. The fancy restaurant scene in which a table occupied by blacks was unserved their bread might be considered in bad taste now twenty years after the fact. The movie's about 1½ hours long. It proceeds at a steady clip, with jokes added in a steady stream of hits and misses. For all the faults of the story, at least it wasn't very predictable.

Review Conclusion w/a Christian's Recommendation

If you've got a silly bone and are prone to laugh at the slightest provocation, you might be a bother to your more serious friends you're seeing this movie with. It's not one you can't help laughing at but you can laugh at some of it. See it if your low expec­tations are easily satisfied or if you've already seen everything else.

Movie Ratings

Action Factor: Weak action scenes. Suitability For Children: Not Suitable for Children of Any Age. Special effects: Average special effects. Video Occasion: Better than watching TV. Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall movie rating: Three and a half stars out of five.