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Analyze This Review

A mere coincidence that Analyze This and The Sopranos came out at the same time, Harold Ramis’ final feature of the 20th century sees a mobster meet a psychiatrist after a bout of anxiety and self-doubt about his role in the family business. The Sopranos may feature something similar (without Ramis’ involvement), but the tones and stylings of either piece could not be any different. Worked-up hostilities in the private lives of these two leading men, Analyze This hopes comedy will blossom from the sessions audiences sit in on, but it never comes clearer than when Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal are separated from one another. 

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The Boss Baby Review

The odds of Alec Baldwin being cast as the eponymous role in this just for a pun on his bit-part brilliance in Glengarry Glen Ross is rather the coincidence. Cookies, as The Boss Baby himself puts it, “are for closers.” Closers of what, though? Closers of the browser that hosts this horridly animated piece of filth and terror? The Boss Baby garnered attention more because of its application to meme culture and meandering children than it ever did for its style or its substance. “What adventure lies in wait for you today?” asks an alarm clock. Who knows? Who cares? The Boss Baby certainly has adventure at its heart, but one that does not quite grip the mettle of its meaning or story, instead focusing on some destitute desire of being both funny and sentimental at the same time. It is one or the other. Take it or leave it. 

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Friends: The Reunion Review

If someone told you Friends: The Reunion was going to be this way, would you have watched it? With James Corden slithering his way into a get-together of 1990s television stars, the smooth-sailing plan of bringing these former cultural forces together was already falling apart. There were, inevitably, going to be bumps in the road. Times have changed, audiences too, and the longevity of Friends has turned a tad sour. Friends had a remarkable grip on the landscape of television comedy, the likes of which had been seen a few times before. Perhaps that should be its legacy. Not this, whatever this is. Television documentary? Comedy? Roundtable discussion? Who knows? The cast certainly don’t, they’re just happy to be there. As are the fans.  

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