[Quick Summary: A psychiatrist gets roped into psychoanalyzing a mobster.]
READ. THIS. SCRIPT.
There's such a great tone from the start - funny, sharp, poignant, and crazy readable all at once.
I think much of it is due to rhythm and pacing.
Within the first ten pages, there are:
- Interesting introduction of co-leads
- Funny jokes
- Strong theme (father-son dynamics)
ex. BEN (fuming): Okay. Listen, for two seconds, pretend I'm not your father. I'm just some guy, okay?
MICHAEL: You gonna vent?
BEN: Yeah. (venting) I hate her! I really hate her! (a beat, then brightly) Okay. Dad again. Let's go.
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: Can one learn this kind of rhythm? I wish I knew how it's done.
Analyze This (1999)
by Peter Tolan, Harold Ramis, & Kenneth Lonergan
Story by Kenneth Lonergan & Peter Tolan