Anger Management is a 2003 American buddy comedy film directed by Peter Segal and written by David S. Dorfman. Starring Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson, Marisa Tomei, Luis Guzmán, Woody Harrelson, and John Turturro, the film tells the story of a businessman who is sentenced to an anger management program.
Anger Management was released in theaters in the United States on April 11, 2003, by Columbia Pictures and grossed $195.7 million against an $83.5 million budget.
In 1978 Brooklyn, as a young Dave Buznik is about to experience his first kiss,
he is humiliated by local bully Arnie Shankman who suddenly pulls down his pants and underwear.
Twenty-five years later, Dave works as a secretary for a disrespectful boss named
Frank. Dave’s bullying trauma causes him to avoid displaying affection such as
kissing his girlfriend Linda in public. His problems are exacerbated by his narcissistic
co-worker, Andrew, who is close friends with Linda and desires to rekindle their romantic relationship.
During a flight, Dave momentarily loses his temper, prompting the sky marshal to taser him. He is arrested for “assaulting” a flight attendant and is sentenced to anger management under Dr. Buddy Rydell, a renowned therapist who sat next to him on the plane. Dave’s sentence is extended to 30 days after he accidentally breaks a waitress’ nose while defending himself.
Buddy elects to live with Dave and accompany him at work as part of his
“radical round-the-clock therapy”. This entails unorthodox techniques
which cause Dave to be passive aggressive. At Dave’s workplace, Buddy
is shocked to learn of the well endowed Andrew’s friendship with Linda.
However, Buddy sees a photo of Linda and becomes instantly smitten by her,
To enhance Dave’s assertiveness, Buddy arranges for him to
get revenge on Arnie Shankman, who has become a Buddhist monk. Arnie
apologizes to Dave, but he laughs when reminded of the kiss incident.
Buddy and an initially hesitant Dave provoke Arnie by lying about Dave molesting
Arnie’s mentally ill sister. A fight ensues and after defeating Arnie, the duo flee and
Dave is delighted to have had his revenge.
They celebrate at a bar where Buddy
convinces a reluctant Dave to flirt with a woman named Kendra. He is successful
but Buddy abandons him. At Kendra’s house, Dave offends her and an angry Dave
has to return home on his own.
Linda tells Dave she has agreed to follow Buddy’s advice that they have a trial separation;
Buddy explains to an angry Dave this is to give him time to improve his behavior.
Dave attacks Buddy when he learns he and Linda have begun dating. Dave returns
to court where Buddy is issued a restraining order against him. Dave snaps at work
when he learns Frank promoted Andrew to the position he had expected. He punches
Andrew in the face and wrecks Frank’s office with a golf club.
Learning from Andrew that Buddy has taken Linda to a New York Yankees game, Dave assumes Buddy intends to steal his marriage proposal idea and races to the stadium.
Security captures him but New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani orders them to allow Dave to speak. Linda is moved when Dave announces publicly that he is willing to change. Dave kisses her in front of the crowd before she accepts his proposal. Linda reveals to him that the game was the final phase of his therapy and explains that the aggravation he was put through was all Buddy’s doing. She reveals that most of the people involved were mostly in on Buddy’s plans.
Linda throws Dave a party to celebrate his graduation. He plays a prank on Buddy, and once the situation is cleared up, everyone starts singing “I Feel Pretty”.