There are some actors that can surprise an audience. We think we know the characters that they will play, but sometimes, they step away from that archetype and into a brand new character.
In Anger Management (2003), Dave Buznik (Adam Sandler), is a nice guy with no backbone. When an encounter on an airplane goes horribly wrong, Dave is sentenced to anger management classes. The doctor assigned to him is Buddy Rydell (Jack Nicholson). Dr. Rydell is unpredictable and unorthodox in his methods. As Dr. Rydell becomes more ingrained in Dave’s life, he seems to be the only one who can help Dave grow the pair that he desperately needs to grow.
Up until this movie, Adam Sandler played characters who while they were physically grown, they had the emotional maturity of a 14 year old boy. In this movie, he steps out of that mold and into the shoes of a man who is not quite sure of himself. As Dr. Rydell, the audience may wonder what is up with Jack Nicholson’s character. Is he onto something or is just plain crazy?
I recommend it.