Analyze That picks up where 1999's Analyze This left off. Paul Vitti (Robert De Niro) is a mob boss, now in Sing-Sing Prison. Ben Sobol (Billy Crystal) is trying to carry on a quiet psychology practice in the wake of his father's death. When someone starts trying to kill Vitti in prison, he succumbs to a bout of catatonia, mingled with Broadway show tunes. Sobol is asked to assess the troubled Mr. Vitti, and concludes that this is no act. The FBI decides to make Sobol's house into a temporary federal institution, and release Vitti into his care. The mobster immediately swings into his old habits. Sobol and his wife (Lisa Kudrow) must survive this gangster, cope with mourning relatives and carry on a normal life - all at the same time.
The Sopranos blazed this trail of mobsters needing therapy. Analyze This took that concept in a comic direction.
The sequel takes it in a sitcom direction. Kudrow is given so little to work with, that she could have been replaced by a hat rack without impeding the plot. The strength of this movie - insofar as there is any - comes from its key players - De Niro and Crystal - along with character actor Joe Viterelli, who plays Vitti's right hand man, Jelly. At one point, Vitti is tapped to work as a technical consultant for a television show called 'Little Caesar' (kind of like The Sopranos, if it were made for one of the big-three American networks). That tip of the hat is amusing, but it makes for a setting that stretches disbelief, as Vitti's gang takes over the production lot.
Laughs pepper this movie about mob families at war like stray bullets from a Tommy gun. Analyze That manages to include serious and sad...