Monday, May 11, 2015

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)

Number Rolled: 91
Movie Name/Year: The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)
Genre: Comedy
Length: 83 minutes
Rating: R
Production Companies: AMIB Productions, Cargo Entertainment, Landscape Entertainment, MICA Entertainment, Prominent Media Group, Vedette Finance
Executive Producer: Gordon Bijelonic, Paull Cho, Marina Grasic, Michael Ilitch Jr., Anthony Jabre, Dale Armin Johnson, Jan Korbelin, Mila Kunis, Jean-Charles Levy, Julie B. May, Glenn Murray, Orin Woinsky
Director: Phil Alden Robinson
Writer: Daniel Taplitz, Assi Dayan
Actors: Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Melissa Leo, Hamish Linklater, Sutton Foster, Richard Kind, James Earl Jones, Daniel Raymont, Chris Gethard, Louis C.K.

Henry Altman is a jerk. He is angry, difficult to deal with and everything else that makes someone a jerk. Dr. Sharon Gill is a tired pill-popping doctor that is having a seriously bad day. When the two meet, words are exchanged that send Henry on a mission to fix his life in 90 minutes.

This movie was trashed by critics and I whole-heartedly disagree.

I absolutely adored The Angriest Man in Brooklyn. I didn’t think it was as funny as it was made-out to be, but that’s a marketing error, not a creative one. It had a funny edge, but it was first and fore-most a drama that took some significant risks with its plot. I don’t think it was a perfect film, but I could definitely sit down and watch it again.

The actors gave everything to their characters, the script was interesting and even the setting caught my attention. I’ve read the reviews for the film and I can’t even speculate what people were thinking when they wrote them.

I’m going to just call this the Patch Adams effect. You have a great movie with some amazing actors that have a knack for comedy in it; Robin Williams (The Crazy Ones, Night at the Museum, Death to Smoochy), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, Knights of Badassdom, Penelope) and Mila Kunis (Family Guy, Black Swan, Ted). Critics go into it expecting the movie to be filled with smart laughs and some physical comedy. Instead, they get an in depth, heartfelt story with a message that was based on something else. They can’t wrap their head around the reality vs. their expectations and the trashing begins.

There’s a reason you let a movie speak for itself, and there’s a reason you sometimes just need to say, “Fuck the critics.”

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 10%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 28%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 4.6/5
Trust-the-Dice Score4/5

P.S. Remake of Isreali movie: Mar Baum (1997).

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