Analyze This ★★½

I recall watching an interview with The Sopranos creator David Chase where he talked about how worried they were when this came out just before their show began airing, both obviously involving mobsters in therapy. They needn't have. It's disappointingly free of any good laughs, with very few mild ones scattered throughout. It's just not very funny. There are some brief efforts at dramatic characterisation that seem to even know themselves that they aren't working. De Niro deserves to be ranked among the best actors ever, and he's a probable highlight here, but the man can't cry. He really can't. Bless him he tries, but every scene where he needs to cry (and there are many) comes off less as funny or endearing and more as frightening and uncomfortable. It's a fine film, it just needed to be funnier.