Watch Anger Management - Mindfulness Techniques
- 31 min
When we meet Dave Buznik (Adam Sandler), he is a mild-mannered businessman who is about to embark on a work trip. Unfortunately, things quickly take a turn for the worse when he finds himself in a confrontation on an airplane with a hot-headed passenger that gets him arrested for assault. Dave is given a choice: serve jail time or undergo anger management therapy under the care of Dr. Buddy Rydell (Jack Nicholson). Dave chooses the latter and finds himself in a group therapy session with a cast of characters dealing with various anger issues. However, as Dave's therapy progresses, he begins to suspect that Dr. Rydell's unorthodox methods may be doing more harm than good.
What follows is a hilarious and heartwarming exploration of anger management and mindfulness techniques. Led by the incomparable Jack Nicholson in one of his most outrageous performances, the movie is a masterclass in comedic timing and physical humor. Adam Sandler plays the perfect foil as the meek and mild Dave, who gradually learns to stand up for himself and channel his anger in healthy ways. Marisa Tomei shines as Dave's girlfriend, who is supportive but driven to the brink by his newfound assertiveness.
Throughout the movie, Dr. Rydell guides Dave (and the rest of the group) through various techniques to manage their anger, including deep breathing exercises, cognitive reframing, and visualization. At first, Dave is skeptical of these methods and chafes under Dr. Rydell's authority. But as he begins to see the positive effects of mindfulness on his life, he becomes more open-minded and starts to take ownership of his feelings in a way that he never has before.
One particularly memorable scene involves Dave and Dr. Rydell taking a group of patients on a field trip to a Yankee game. When Dave is faced with a particularly triggering situation, he is given a set of tools to manage his anger that he has learned in therapy. Watching him put these methods into practice is both hilarious and heartwarming, as we see him transform from a timid pushover into a confident and controlled individual.
The movie is not without its flaws - some of the humor can be crass, and some of the jokes have not aged particularly well. But at its core, Anger Management is a feel-good comedy about self-improvement and personal growth. It teaches valuable lessons about managing difficult emotions in a healthy way, and about the importance of seeking help when we need it. It also has some surprisingly touching moments, particularly in its exploration of Dave's relationship with his father, played by an understated but affecting John Turturro.
All in all, Anger Management is a classic comedy that has stood the test of time. With an all-star cast, a hilarious premise, and a heartwarming message, it is a feel-good movie that will leave you laughing long after the credits roll. Whether you are dealing with anger issues yourself or just looking for a good chuckle, this movie is sure to hit the spot.