At the anger management program, his fellow patients are put on a strict schedule, resulting in many long days of silence in the common room. Dave is a nervous wreck, but he eventually becomes a success. After feeling pressured to agree to go out with his female patient, he apologizes to her at a party, only to be thrown out. However, his efforts are not in vain, as he later learns that they are now a couple.
The film marks the directorial debut of Peter Segal, who previously wrote the short Nacho Libre. It also marks the final film appearance of Woody Harrelson, who died two months before the film was released. Sandler, Nicholson and Tomei all received Golden Globe nominations for their performances, in addition to Harrelson and Jacki Weaver. Anger Management received a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actor for Sandler, but lost to Eddie Murphy for The Aristocrats.
Upon realizing that the doctor did not actually create a long-term therapy program, he tells his patients that he is retiring. He later reveals to the group that this was just a ploy to get them all to leave. After Dave breaks the news to his mother that he has been sentenced to anger management therapy, she informs him that Dr. Rydell is retiring, prompting Dave to go to his former therapist's house. A reconciliation between the two ex-lovers ensues.
Anger Management marked Sandler's first experience in a buddy comedy. It was also his first film after the success of his 1997 comedy Big Daddy, earning $42.6 million in its first weekend.
According to a Comedy Central poll, it ranked in the top 10 best movies of the last 20 years. Later that year, Anger Management received two Golden Raspberry Awards nominations for Worst Actor (Adam Sandler) and Worst Actor (Jack Nicholson).
Upon its release, the film was warmly received by audiences and critics. On its opening weekend, the film debuted at number one in the box office with $28.4 million, making it the highest-grossing opening for a Adam Sandler film. The film went on to make $107.1 million domestically and $87.9 million internationally, totaling $195 million worldwide. It is Sandler's highest-grossing film and the second-highest grossing comedy of 2003.In April 2003, Sandler joined Nicholson on the set of the latter's Anger Management.
Starring Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson, Jackie Chan, Marisa Tomei, Luis Guzman, Chris Rock, John Turturro, Nicolas Cage and Keith David. This movie begins after Dave's anger management is complete. Dave gets a new job as a sports writer and a new assistant. He sets up home with his new assistant, Betsy (Tomei), and the two begin a relationship. But soon Betsy becomes bored with Dave's work and wants to move on. Dave tries to move on too, but is soon back on the sports beat. 827ec27edc