The Angriest Man in Brooklyn



Vulgar, stressful movie is a chore, despite worthy message.
  • Review Date: May 20, 2014
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 83 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The message is very clear: We neglect too many things in our lives until we realize that it's all going to end. The movie gets you to think about what's most important, what would you do, and who would you spend time with if you only had 90 minutes left.

Positive role models

Though the characters come out the other side having learned about life and how to appreciate others, they're rather horrible, lost, angry, people for most of the movie, and their behavior is usually questionable, if not outright abominable.


Almost constant shouting, raging, and arguing. A man is diagnosed with a brain aneurysm and has only a short time to live. There's a car crash and two high-speed car chases. In flashback, a man gets the news that his oldest son has died. A man jumps off the Brooklyn Bridge in a suicide attempt. A cat jumps out a window and is said to have died. A man is sprayed with mace.


One brief but graphic sex scene, with a woman leaning over in the foreground and a man thrusting behind. The man makes "climaxing" noises at the end. No nudity is shown during this scene. A character talks extensively about making love to his wife, with references to "getting it up," though nothing is shown. Oral sex is referenced; additional sex talk. A man's wife admits to having an affair with another man.


Language is very strong and frequently used in anger, rather than for humor. "F--k" and "s--t" are used several times. Also "c--t," "goddamn," "crap," "hell," "prick," "piss," "jerk," and "balls," plus "oh God," "oh my God," and "for God's sake" (as exclamations).

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One of the major characters has a pill problem. The pills she takes are unidentified, but she takes them to feel high and to deal with stress at work. Several characters accuse her of being high. Later she's seen drinking from a glass of wine.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while The Angriest Man in Brooklyn is centered on a worthwhile message -- pay attention to what matters in life before it's too late -- it's ultimately an anxious, exhausting viewing experience. Much of that is thanks to the constant strong language; it's angry, frustrated swearing that includes "f--k," "s--t," and much more. A major character pops pills to deal with stress, and characters accuse her of being stoned. She also has fairly graphic sex with her boss; while no nudity is on display, the sounds and positioning make it very risque. There are also some car chases, death, and suicide attempts. But the movie could still spark discussions about what's really important and what you would do if you only had 90 minutes left.

What's the story?

Henry Altmann (Robin Williams) is really angry. A typical bad day in Brooklyn starts off when a cab crashes into his car, but things get much worse when he goes to the doctor. His regular physician is out, and a young substitute, Sharon Gill (Mila Kunis) -- who's been popping pills to deal with stress -- tells Henry that he has a brain aneurysm and has only 90 minutes to live. Henry tries to decide what to do with his final hour and a half and realizes what a mess he's made of his relationships with his brother (Peter Dinklage), his wife (Melissa Leo), and his son (Hamish Linklater). When all his plans to put things right fail, he heads toward the Brooklyn Bridge to jump. But Sharon is hot on his trail and hopes to set things right.

Is it any good?


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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about The Angriest Man in Brooklyn's overall message. Did the main character make good choices in his 90 minutes? Can a movie like this have both a positive message and a negative role model?

  • In this movie, sex is treated as both something to help deal with stress and pain and as a loving connection with another person. How can it be both things? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.

  • Why does Sharon use pills? How do they help or hinder her?

  • What would you do if you only had 90 minutes left?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 23, 2014
DVD release date:July 22, 2014
Cast:Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage
Director:Phil Alden Robinson
Run time:83 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:language throughout and some sexual content

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Teen, 15 years old Written byHaithamB June 2, 2014

Short and straight to the point.

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn appeared out of no where 3 weeks ago as a straight to video dramedy so I wasn't expecting much. Despite, it should've more potential than what it is, the story surely has some worthy messages about what matters most in life but thats it. Robin Williams and Mila Junis are the stars of this film, with great chemistry between them, however it is not the performances' fault but the screen writers, delivering cliched and overused dialogue that just falls flat. However the movie is heart warming, touching and surprisingly interesting. With flawless performances, small effective story, despite its flaws it is a touching, funny film that won't dominance your memory at all.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written bywonder dove August 29, 2014

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.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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