Analyze That

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Amusing mob comedy for older teens only.
  • R
  • 2002
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.


Comic violence, shooting.


Sexual references and situations, some graphic.


Very strong language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink and smoke, character takes too many prescription drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has very strong language (lots of "f--k") and a lot of violence. It may be comic, but it's bloody and in some cases fatal. There are also sexual references and situations, including adultery, some graphic.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMatt B. November 5, 2015

Not for kids NO 7+ or 2+

Which idiots rated this for 7 and 2+? This if for 15+
Adult Written byefqwwef May 11, 2020


a crude movie; and plenty of mob violence.
Teen, 16 years old Written byHeheGonzalo August 16, 2016
Kid, 12 years old March 5, 2016

Good film, but a lot of profanity

The film is funny in parts and quite enjoyable but there is quite a lot of profanity used in this film, especially f***. I think that this film is suitable for... Continue reading

What's the story?

In this sequel, mob boss Paul Vitti (Robert DeNiro) pretends to be crazy in order to get out of jail, and he is released into the custody of his analyst, Dr. Ben Sobel (Billy Crystal). After some unfortunate attempts at a job that does not involve any felonies, he ends up as an expert advisor to a "Sopranos"-like television show. Meanwhile, he has to figure out how to survive a war between two rival mob families.

Is it any good?

Overall, this one isn't as good as the first, but it's great to see Robert DeNiro doing comedy. After decades as America's most respected dramatic actor, DeNiro discovered that he enjoyed making people laugh in Analyze This and he does it again in the aptly titled sequel, ANALYZE THAT. There are some slow patches, and Lisa Kudrow as Sobel's wife is badly misused. The plot doesn't go anywhere and the attempt to make the pretentious producer of the television show funny does not work at all.

But it is sheer joy to see DeNiro give everything he's got (which is plenty) to the pure pleasure of comic madness, and every time he comes on screen, the movie takes off like a rocket. Raging Bull fans will delight in seeing DeNiro onscreen with the woman who played Vicki LaMotta, Cathy Moriarty. They still have great chemistry. And be sure to stay for the outtakes at the end. I know they have become a cliché, but these are worth the wait.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what determines whether people can change. And they should discuss the way that both Vitti and Sobel are still so tied up in (and by) what their fathers thought of them. If you were going to write a third movie about these characters, what would you have them do?

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