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The Upside of Anger (2004)

Cast: Joan Allen, Joan Allen, Kevin Costner, more...
Director: Mike Binder, Mike Binder, Jack Binder
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Studio: New Line Home Video
Running Time: 117 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Two friends wonder if there might be more between them when their lives both take a left turn in this romantic comedy. Terry (Joan Allen) is a middle-aged housewife and mother of four teenaged daughters and gets the shock of her life when her husband, without a word of warning, leaves them behind, presumably to move to Sweden with his secretary. Going through a bender of depression and alcohol, Terry finds herself commiserating with Denny (Kevin Costner), a former baseball star turned unenthusiastic radio personality who was her husband's colleague and friend and an occasional presence at the house. With both Terry and Denny feeling down in the dumps about recent events in their lives, the two find themselves drawn to one another, and while Terry fights the notion of a new romance, her daughters -- Andy (Erika Christensen), Hadley (Alicia Witt), Emily (Keri Russell), and Lavender (Evan Rachel Wood) -- each have different ideas about their futures. The Upside of Anger was written and directed by Mike Binder, who also plays a supporting role as the producer of Denny's radio show. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Nicely Done Small Gem by o556 July 31, 2005 - 1:02 PM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Both the writing and acting were so believable (with the exception of Alicia Witt, who has a mercifully small part) that I was willing to suspend disbelief that the hot Costner would pursue Allen for over a year... My rating is actually 7.5 but greencine doesn't allow halfsies.... I hope this film finds a bigger audience in DVD land than it did in the theatres because it deserves it.

More Upside than Down by talltale July 22, 2005 - 6:17 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Joan Allen and Kevin Costner (actually, everyone in this funny, nicely-done film) are so good in writer/director Mike Binder's THE UPSIDE OF ANGER that even though the movie leaves some unbelievable loose ends, I don't think intelligent audiences will mind. Allen, in particular, so wonderfully captures the angry wife that, looking ahead at this year's awards' season, one can't help but suspect she'll be nominated and then passed over for best actress. (Tea Leoni wasn't even nominated for "Spanglish").

Actresses who show too much reality and negativity (unless they're playing the villain) in their performances or who get saddled by roles that are REALLY well-written are passed over in favor of the hack/sentimental variety, as exemplified by last year's "Million Dollar Baby" (Swank was SO much better in "Boys Don't Cry," as was the role itself).

Mr. Binder (HBO's "The Mind of the Married Man") does his usual good acting job as an intelligent sleazebag, but he seems to get a bad rap from many critics--again, I suspect, because he's more truthful about us guys than many of us guys would care to admit. It's particularly good to see Costner in top form again, too, even if he is sporting a tummy and channeling Jack Nicholson.

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(Average 6.08)
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