Harold Ramis
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Harold Ramis co-wrote Ivan Reitman's Ghostbusters (1989).

Groundhog Day (1993) is about a man doomed to relive the same day over and over again,

Analyze This (1999) is an old-fashioned gangster comedy, partly Woody Allen and partly Godfather.

Mob boss Paul (Robert DeNiro) narrowly escapes an assassination attempt. Elsewhere, psychiatrist Ben (Billy Crystal) is getting rid of a boring patient and preparing to leave town to get married (he just divorced). Paul's gangsters capture one of the men of the rival gang and let Paul torture him... but Paul doesn't even touch him. As they are taking him away in the trunk of their limo, Ben bumps his car into their limo. The trunk opens and the prisoner, gagged and tied, tries to attract Ben's attention, but the Paul's gangsters are ready to distract Ben and walk him away from the limo. Ben insists on leaving them a card in case there is any damage to the car. As Ben attends a party at the mansion of his wealthy parents, Paul is seized by an anxiety attack and decides it is time to see a psychiatrist. As Ben is interviewing a patient, Paul walks uncerimoniously into his office, ejects the patient and tells Ben what his problem is: he is no longer able to behave like the brutal mafia boss he is supposed to be.
Paul's sworn enemy, Sindone, is worried because Paul is not retaliating after the assassination attempt: he thinks that Paul's silence means the man is planning something big.
Ben and his son fly to Florida for the wedding. As Ben is asleep with his fiance` (a news reporter), he is waken up by Paul's stooge: Paul cannot sleep anymore and needs urgent help. Paul cannot perform in bed anymore and is getting sentimental. And wants Ben to treat him. Ben tries to postpone the problem for a few days, but Paul does not take "no" per an answer. While Ben tries to go on with his wedding and Paul keeps bugging him, somebody is taking pictures of them walking together and Sindone's men are plotting against Paul. The day of the wedding, as the couple are about to be pronounced married, one of Sindone's hitmen try again to kill Paul. Paul's bodyguard stops him not one second too soon and the wedding guests see the man fly down through the window.

The wedding postponed, Ben and his fiance` return home. They find a water fountain in the backyard: a gift from Paul. The police are already investigating the psychiatrist and Ben learns that the two gangs are expected to fight it out in the next few days. Eventually, they convince Ben to cooperate.

Ben is wired and sent to a lunch meeting with Paul. But during the lunch Ben learns that this is the restaurant where Paul's father was killed and suddenly Ben becomes interested in the case: he takes off the recorder in the restrooms and begins asking questions. Unfortunately, Paul's men have found out that Ben has talked to the police: Ben is taken and driven out of town, where Paul is about to kill him. But Ben keeps asking him questions and gets him to confess what happened: Paul was mad at his father and did not alert him that a hitman was about to strike. As Paul is crying his life out on Ben's shoulder, Sindone's hitmen attack them. Paul, overwhelmed by guilt, lies down crying like a child and Ben has to grab his gun and shoot.
Ben is getting married again when Paul has another crisis. The gang needs someone to go to an important meeting and they give Ben no choice: the priest is kindly ask to complete the ceremony in a second and then Ben is hurried away in a limo.
At the meeting with the whole "family", Ben takes on Sindone. As Sindone loses his temper and is about to shoot him, Paul walks in and surprises everybody declaring that he wants out. Paul would like to leave peacefully but Sindone and his men are determined to eliminate him. As the shootout rages, the police storm the building and arrest everybody. And Ben can finally go back to his wife.

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