Analyze This

     Directed by Harold Ramis (Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day), starring Billy Crystal, Robert De Niro, Chazz Palminteri and Lisa Kudrow, it's the story of mob boss Paul Vitti (De Niro), who desperately needs to be straightened out by psychoanalyst Ben Sobel (Crystal) before he attends an important meeting of the mob families, and before he's killed by rival Primo Sindone (Palminteri). Meanwhile, Sobel is trying to get married to fianc' Laura MacNamara (Kudrow), who for obvious reasons disapproves of her future husband's new client. Wackiness ensues. A very funny movie, especially for fans of gangster films. De Niro and Palminteri do an amazing job playing comic parodies of the parts they've played seriously in numerous other movies (such as GoodFellas and A Bronx Tale respectively). Watch for the hilarious and extremely clever shot-for-shot recreation of a pivotal scene in The Godfather, and try to ignore the rare scenes where the comedy falls flat (such as Crystal's pathetic attempt to impersonate a mobster).

Jim Genzano

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