Rent The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)

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1h 20min
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Some people have bad days. For Henry Altmann (Robin Williams), every day is a bad day... But this day is the worst. When a doctor (Mila Kunis) mistakenly diagnoses him as having only 90 minutes to live, he begins a wild - and wildly funny - journey to make amends with his family and friends.
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Bob Cooper, Tyler Mitchell, Daniel J. Walker
Daniel Taplitz, Assi Dayan
Signature Entertainment
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80 minutes
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Region 2
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Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9

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Reviews (1) of The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

Crude, misfiring, not-very-funny final film from Robin Williams, based on Israeli original - The Angriest Man in Brooklyn review by PV

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The first thing to say is that this is possibly Robin Williams final film as an actor, which is maybe the cause of the nannying unnecessary sign on the screen before the film saying some scenes are upsetting. I hate that as I hate it when TV announcers do the same, even at 9pm. we're ADULTS for goodness sake - we can cope!

This film is a remake of an Israel film called Mr Baum though not sure how loyal it is to that.

This misfires on several levels - the central conceit is unbelievable, though many movie concepts and plots are. No doctor would do this - so it slips into fantasy territory from the start.

To see a masterpiece with the same theme watch IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE with James Stewart. Classic.

And so it goes on with Robin Williams doing his sentimental schmaltzy act which I have never liked - those maudlin emotional movies he stars in are ones to avoid for me; I am selective re his movies. The schmaltz is just trowelled on.

Many great movies about breakdowns - this is not one of them.

Some bits are seriously objectionable - crude, unnecessary, and mocking people who stutter is just wrong and not funny, whatever the punchline. The excuse that this is 'Jewish' humour won;t work.

The plot is confused and too busy - just too much going on, The focus should be on the Williams character not the young female doctor. AND the medicine is fake - having had to see people have strokes and die later. It is not like this.

This movie also ticks so many boxes re diversity casting (a common woke thing now) it could be Tescos.

So it passes the time. Would have been 3 stars if not for the crudeness.

Poignant of course, considering how it ended for Williams soon after. Watch GOOD MORNING VIET NAM instead.

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The Angriest Man in Brooklyn review by Michelle Sommerville - Cinema Paradiso

Robin Williams, may he rest in peace, was a brilliant actor. He expertly played both comedic roles and serious roles, and everything in between. The Angriest Man in Brooklyn displays William’s ability to switch from silly to sentimental without missing a beat. Nevertheless, the finished product really let him down. Based on the Israeli film The 92 Minutes of Mr. Baum (1997), it is not easy to rate the film at either ends of the spectrum, because while some aspects worked, others didn’t.

The film follows Henry Altmann (Robin Williams), the titled ‘Angriest Man in Brooklyn’. While some people have bad days, Altmann has one every day. He hates anything and everything, and as a result, he is not too popular himself. A car accident brings him to the doctor’s office, where Dr. Sharon Gill (Mila Kunis) attends to him. Her day has not gone so smoothly either, and in a moment of weakness, she reveals he has a brain aneurysm – this is true – and that he has only 90 minutes left to live – this is false. The news hits Henry hard, and he rushes out of the office, desperate to find his loved ones and make amends, all within an hour-and-a-half. Of course, a lifetime of resentment is not so easily forgiven. Will Sharon reach him before the pressure overcomes him? Will Henry find a way to reconnect with all those he hurt? Or is it really too late to change the past?

As I said before, there are both equally good and bad aspects of this film that make it hard to give a definite rating.

Firstly, it is always a treat when we get to see both the serious and comedic talents of Robin Williams. Never again we will be witness to his brilliance, so any project he has been involved in automatically becomes a treasured product – whether it was successful or not.

Secondly, there is no doubt that the message of the movie is positive. No one knows exactly how much time he or she has left on Earth, and time spent fighting is time wasted.

Though the cast list boasts a lot of stars – Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, James Earl Jones, etc. – their talents were not put to use. The latter characters were merely cameos, though it did fit with the ‘rushed’ theme of the movie.

The dialogue and story were also quite cliché and in no way realistic. A doctor would never deceive a patient like Kunis’ character did; and if they did, they wouldn’t keep their job for long. While the film is not supposed to be a true story, this does detract from its overall believability.

Online reviews have not been the most positive, either, and most consider it not bad enough to be comical, just plain bad.

With so many mixed opinions, it is hard to say either way. So, either watch the movie, or just watch the trailer, because the trailer is basically the entire movie in two minutes.

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