From film to small screen Part 1: Charlie Sheen makes a new machine out of “Anger Management”
“Everyone deserves a 24th Chance.” Eyes closed, you could probably picture Charlie Sheen uttering those words in a promo for his new series “Anger Management.” Let’s thank our lucky stars execs in Hollywood heard them too, because now we’ve got Sheen back on the small screen!
“Anger Management,” is loosely based on the 2003 film of the same name (starring Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler) about a therapist who uses unorthodox methods to treat patients with rage issues. At the same time, Sheen’s character Charlie Goodson also undergoes counseling himself when he, too, becomes unstable.
Fans of the movie will remember plenty of outrageous tactics (the man who stole Sandler’s seat, the airline stewardess, the judge, and the love interest) used by the doctor to save Sandler from himself (the majority of the characters were also in on the plan).
Tricking his patients is not the case with Dr. Charlie Goodson, who employs a variety of different methods to help his patients, proving there’s more to anger than just losing it
Here are five major differences between the series and the film:
1) Familial Ties
Dr. Charlie Goodson has a daughter. In the film, neither the therapist nor the patient has any major family members present. In the series, Charlie is divorced, and shares custody with his ex-wife over his teenage daughter Sam.
2) Sex Therapy
The film touched on the power of having “swagger” when Sandler is tricked into picking up an insecure woman (played by Heather Graham) at a bar. In the series, we learn Charlie has been doing nothing but channeling his rage into sex with fellow doctor Kate Wales (Selma Blair). However, that relationship is about to be tested when Charlie goes to her for help, and Kate says if she helps him, they can’t have sex.
3) Kissing Phobia
Charlie Goodson has no weird phobias (that we know of yet). His anger issues were based on a more realistic incident (an angry outburst at a baseball game). In the film, Sandler was pantsed in front of his entire neighbourhood while receiving his first kiss.
4) Outrageous Plans
Charlie trades Nicholson’s grandiose schemes for more simple approaches: beating up inflatable clowns, and watching videos of other angry people losing their cool. Only time will tell if Charlie pulls some strings and upsets a whole judicial system just to help one of his patients.
5) No Singing
Fans of the film probably couldn’t stop singing “I Feel Pretty” when they walked out of the theatre. The song, which first appeared as part of the Broadway musical “West Side Story” in the 1950s, was used by Nicholson to calm people down whenever they felt stressed. He even stopped Sandler’s character on a New York City freeway and made him sing the song out loud as passersby flipped him the bird. In the show, Charlie Goodson hasn’t yet stretched his singing muscles in any of his sessions. Maybe if the right case comes along, we could still see a musical episode!
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