Always unhappy, agitated, and angry at the world around him, Henry Altmann has a Doctor's appointment where he is forced to wait for several hours. Further agitated because of the delay, Henry lays into Dr. Sharon Gill, who is having a bad day in her own right, but when he is diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, he becomes even angrier at Sharon, demanding to know how much time he has left. In a state of panic, as Sharon dodges Henry's vicious onslaught of anger, she abruptly tells him he only has 90 minutes to live. Shocked by the news, Henry leaves the office in a hurry, intent on making amends with everyone in his life. Phil Alden Robinson's The Angriest Man In Brooklyn isn't a very good film, being merely passable on both its comedic and dramatic intentions. Henry is a man whose anger has consumed him after the death of his son, and while the film indulges in Robin Williams' unique talents, it's a very cookie-cutter examination of love, life and death that falls victim to sentimentalism. Sharon Gill, as the second-lead character, is a strange and interesting character but she never really feels very necessary to the story, being merely used as an inciting incident but not bringing much to the story besides showcasing how everyone has the moments of suffering. This is a film that wants to capture the everyday struggle many face in finding happiness but it's just not focused enough to achieve that. Phil Alden Robinson's The Angriest Man In Brooklyn has good intentions but unfortunately it is never pensive enough, relying a little too much on over-sentimentality.
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