Sight and Sound - 09/??/1999
"...[ANALYZE THIS] has a good, profane edge that's never abrasive..."
Total Film - 10/01/1999
"...A sharp, darkly hilarious peek at mobster mentality..."
New York Times - 03/05/1999
"...A funny title, an even funnier premise and inspired odd-couple casting that's enough to prompt laughter just on the basis of the two-shots in its ad campaign. Think of it as an offer you can't refuse..."
USA Today - 03/05/1999
"...DeNiro's performance is aptly 'Scorsese-aggressive' while Crystal effectively underplays..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/05/1999
"...ANALYZE this has Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal to bring richness to the characters....[Crystal] wisely restrains his manic side, and gets into a nice rhythm with De Niro's fearful gangster..."
What happens when the worlds of the Mafia and psychiatry collide' This outrageous farce answers that question, as mob boss Paul Vitti (Robert De Niro) and psychiatrist Ben Sobol (Billy Crystal) are forced to work together. When a prominent leader of the New York Mafia suddenly starts having panic attacks, he enlists the help of a New York psychiatrist for a fast cure. The two men suddenly find themselves struggling to understand each other's professional and private lives as they battle the FBI and the impending threat of a Mafia takeover, not to mention an irritable fiancée (Lisa Kudrow) eager to get married.
Mob boss Paul Vitti (Robert De Niro) is having heart attacks. At least that's what he thinks. When his doctors inform him that he is suffering from anxiety attacks, he is forced to track down a shrink to help him get to the bottom of the problem. Billy Crystal costars as neurotic psychiatrist Ben Sobol, who is manipulated into treating the macho Mafia man, with hysterical results. Just as Ben and eager fiancée (Lisa Kudrow) are about to enter nuptial bliss, they are suddenly faced with a 24-hour responsibility to a mobster who won't take no for an answer. The hilarious hijinks ruin their first wedding and threaten to ruin the relationship as Paul battles his personal demons with the help of the initially unwilling shrink. As the two men's professional and private worlds collide, they are forced to realize their similarities as they join forces to battle the FBI and the impending threat of a Mafia takeover. Director Harold Ramis has crafter an intelligent, witty comedy that shows off the comic instincts of De Niro as never before.
"When I got into family therapy this was not the kind of 'family' I had in mind."--Dr. Ben Sobol (Billy Crystal)
"What is my goal here, to make you a happy, well-adjusted gangster'"--Dr. Ben Sobol
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