After the joys of Ramis' concept comedies Groundhog Day and Multiplicity, this weary Mob comedy casts De Niro as the bigtime Mafia man with an anxiety attack, and Crystal as the smalltime Jewish shrink pressed into reluctant service, and follows through with resolute predictability. One or two jokes score easy points, usually at the expense of a gangster's arrested emotional development, but generally the comedy is heavy and the use of the stars lazy and clichéd, with the film smuggly dropping intermittent mugging references to The Godfather. A glance at Grosse Pointe Blank and What About Bob? and their comic spin on anxiety and persecution shows how good this material ought to be.
Cast and crew
|Screenwriter:||Peter Tolan, Harold Ramis, Kenneth Lonergan|
|Cast:||Robert De Niro