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Anger Management

Very raunchy, uneven comedy with great actors.
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  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lots of mean-spirited and tasteless humor.


Comic violence


Very explicit for a PG-13


Very strong for a PG-13

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is extremely raunchy for a PG-13, with constant jokes about penis size, plus jokes about lesbian porn stars who enjoy three-way sex, a drag queen prostitute, a mentally ill girl, masturbation, premature ejaculation, flatulence, and prison rape. It has comic violence. Characters drink and smoke.

What's the story?

In ANGER MANAGEMENT, Dave (Adam Sandler), a deeply repressed executive assistant who designs clothing for overweight cats, is sentenced to anger management after a misunderstanding on an airplane and ends up in Dr. Rydell's (Jack Nicholson) therapy group. After another misunderstanding, he is sentenced to a full-time program that has the decidedly un-repressed Rydell moving in with him, going to work with him, and taking him on a road trip to Boston. Sparks fly as the two opposites try to deal with the uncomfortable arrangement. Rydell forces Dave to confront a childhood bully and pick up a pretty girl. He even persuades Dave to break up with his loyal girlfriend, Linda (Marisa Tomei). All of this is intended to get Dave to acknowledge his real feelings, leading to the inevitable "I learned so much from you!" conclusion.

Is it any good?


Just as mismatched as Anger Management's odd couple are the film's two competing scripts. The original script is credited to first-timer David Dorfman. Contributed by producer-star Adam Sandler, the second "script" has many pre-adolescent jokes about body parts and their functions and a lot of references to 80's pop culture. The result is an uneven blend of pretty low humor and REALLY low humor on the theme of utter humiliation. It is only barely saved by the sheer pleasure of watching Jack Nicholson.

Anger Management is a variation on every odd couple movie ever made, but especially Analyze This, which also had a comedian playing the straight man and a distinguished actor going wild. Adam Sandler plays his standard character. Yet while Nicholson plays his well-known "guy who just might do anything at any moment," he manages to toss in a few surprises.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about some of Dr. Rydell's comments, especially when he says that there are two kinds of anger, explosive and implosive and that sarcasm is anger's ugly cousin. How do the people in your family handle their anger? It might also be interesting to talk about Sandler's attraction or compulsion to explore these themes. It's hard to escape the sense that he is working through some of his own issues with this material.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 11, 2003
DVD/Streaming release date:September 16, 2003
Cast:Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson, Marisa Tomei
Director:Peter Segal
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:crude sexual content and language

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Teen, 16 years old Written byhansolo95 October 11, 2011

Very funny, but NOT FOR KIDS!!!!!!!!

Ok, this one is a little confusing. Anger Management is a hilarious comedy, with one of the best endings I have ever seen, even if it may be a little predictable to people who have seen movies like this before. That being said, this is one the most sexually crude movies I have ever seen that got a PG-13 rating. Most of, and I am not exaggerating, MOST OF the jokes require an explicit knowledge of sex to even get the funny part, and then, a lot of them just are not funny. That last bit may just be my opinion, and I encourage you to make up your own mind about this one, but I truly hope that you do not have a kid under the age of 14 who is able to comprehend every joke in this movie. Some of them are on the verge of being pornographic. Now that that's out of my system, let's get down to business. VIOLENCE: There are some fight scenes in this movie, including a very painful looking one involving a Buddhist (Don't ask, just don't). But then, with a title like "Anger Management", what do you expect? SPOILER ALERT: A gun is pointed at people in two seperate scenes, but is shown both times to be a water gun disguised as a real weapon, including in the last scene of the movie. I only put the spoiler alert up because that last scene isn't as good if you know the gun is fake from the get-go, so... SPOILER ALERT OVER. SEXUAL CONTENT: This category is involved in most of the jokes in this movie, including, but not limited to: Two lesbian pornographic actresses (who act visibly aroused through most of their scenes, and kiss in their first one), a trans-gender prostitute (a deeply make-up covered Woody Harrelson), many, MANY penis jokes, and various other scenes. LANGUAGE: Not as bad as many other comedies of this type, but still rough, with many uses of the "S" word, one F***, and other T.V. friendly, but still obscene words. In summary, despite all the many jokes that cause me to BEG you not to let your younger children see this, this is a very funny movie, and you will love seeing the normally distinguished (minus his role as the Joker), actor Jack Nicholson act as crazy as he does in this film. There will be many times you will cringe at jokes, but you will laugh just as much, if not more, even though this is NOT a movie I would recommend for family viewing. For the record, that fourth star is for the last 20 minutes of the movie, which made everything else worth it. Thanks for reading! :)
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
Kid, 11 years old June 2, 2015

Good movie

If your child is responsible, than this movie is fine for them. Yes there are jokes about penisis and porn, but besides one sene with a woman in her underwear, there's nothing visaualy inappropriate. There is quite a bit of swearing including one f***k and lots of sh*t. There is also a fair amount of violence in this movie, played for laughs, no blood or anything over a PG-13 level. There is a good message in this movie, and that is to stick up for what is right, they might not portray that in the best way, but the message is still there. In the end, Dave (the main character.) realises that all the sexualness is actually planed out by his mentor, so in the end, it's not that bad
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing