As I was browsing a web site looking for a review of XMen-X2 I found the following on Anger Management . . . I can see why my son and his girlfriend walked out . .
by Bob Smithouser
as published in the May 2003 issue of Plugged In
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler, Marisa Tomei and a host of celebrity cameos
Remember those kids who'd trap a bee and a wasp in a mayonnaise jar just to watch them go at it? They're the target audience for Anger Management (PG-13), a hostile comedy starring combustible cinematic sociopaths Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler. Sandler plays Dave, an unassertive businessman unfairly condemned to therapy. Nicholson is Dr. Buddy Rydell, the court-appointed anger management guru who invades Dave's life. But it's parents who trust the MPAA rating who'll need an encounter group after the credits roll.
In addition to being obsessed with penis size, this vulgar film jokes about incest, masturbation, homosexuality, oral sex, sodomy, pornography, transsexual prostitution and bestiality; in another scene, Dave takes revenge on a childhood bully (now a Buddhist monk) by making sexual remarks about the man's mentally ill sister.
While they pale by comparison, there are other problems with this movie. It approves of premarital sex and suggests that no measures--including mental cruelty--are too extreme if they accomplish a worthy goal. Profanity and anatomical slang also push the boundaries of the PG-13. In the process, positive messages about self-control and romantic fidelity get lost.
Now, back to reading reviews . .. .it is so hard to have a 13 year old daughter . . . no good movies between the "boring G-rated" and the profane and vulgar and sexual PG-13 . . .sigh . . .