Parents' Guide to

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Vulgar, stressful movie is a chore, despite worthy message.

Movie R 2014 83 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Worth a watch...

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn was a fairly decent watch. One of Robin Williams' last films, sadly, I hate to see him go. His performance was spot on, but absolutely not recommended for children of any age under 16. Williams plays Henry, who is extremely angry for no good reason. He often loses his temper to anything that gets in his way. While getting a checkup at the Doctors, he meets a nice physician called Sharon (Mila Kunis) who is taking the place of his regular doctor, which causes problems for Henry who only has faith in his regular doctor. When Henry learns he's only got 90 minutes to live due to a brain aneurysm, he panics, but makes a heartwarming decision to make things right with his dysfunctional family. When things seem to go more down hill, his stress gets the best of him as he heads over to the Brooklyn bridge to jump, but Sharon's right behind him and will stop at nothing to help set him straight. Can she change his mind in time? The story is not bad, a few laughs here & there, a couple of teary eyed moments. I think it could have been much funnier though! Language is very strong from many f-words and uses of sh*t to name calling words like c*nt, p*ss, Goddamn, hell and prick. Violence revolves around death including suicide, has car chases, a man sprayed in the face with mace, lots of shouting and arguing that's sometimes hurtful, a car crash though not severe. Sexual content shows a man thrusting behind a woman with some moaning sounds but no nudity, some sex talk throughout, a wife admits she cheats on her husband right to his face, a man tries to get his wife to sleep with him with some graphic terms said. Drugs include pill popping from a young doctor who seems to always be stressed, some light drinking. Okay for 16 and up.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

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Amazingly, THE ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN is the first film in 12 years by director Phil Alden Robinson, of Field of Dreams and Sneakers; sadly, his return lands with a crashing thud. The storyline is old and stale, and, rather than finding a fresh angle, it seems forced. The movie feels more like it's stalling for time rather than filling itself with humanity and redemption.

And the actors earn our pity rather than our sympathy. Williams does his very best in his role, but both his tantrums and his heartstrings are played off key. Despite having the second-biggest role, Kunis has only a few character traits to work with and generates no depth. In even smaller roles, the rest of the talented actors suffer the same fate. Bottom line? Robinson fails to find a balance between the dark comedy and the tragedy, and most of the time he settles on a tone that's uncomfortably anxious and frantic.

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