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The Anniversary Party (2001)

Cast: Alan Cumming, Alan Cumming, Jennifer Jason Leigh, more...
Director: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Alan Cumming, more...
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Studio: New Line Home Video
Genre: Independent
Running Time: 115 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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In this Dogma 95-inspired first feature for acclaimed performers Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming, the two star as Joe and Sally Therrian, a couple who have recently reconciled after a yearlong separation, and who decide to throw a sixth anniversary party in their honor. They invite a bevy of Hollywood types, including Skye Davidson (Gwyneth Paltrow), a young, beautiful, Ecstasy-pushing actress appointed to play a character based on
Sally in the new feature film based on Joe's successful novel. Also featured are Cal and Sophia Gold (played by real-life marrieds Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates), the former a co-star of Sally's and the latter her best friend who has given up the business to raise a family; Mac (John C. Reilly), the director of the new film and his actress wife Clair (Jane Adams), who has continued working after the recent birth of their child; Judy and Jerry Adams (Parker Posey and John Benjamin Hickey), the Therrians' managers; and Gina (Jennifer Beals), Joe's ex-girlfriend, who is often regarded as his first big love. Things are complicated when their contentious neighbors (Mina Badie and Denis O'Hare) make an appearance, and a mystery gift causes the event to unravel over the course of one long evening. The film was also written by Cumming and Leigh, another first for both actors. ~ Jason Clark, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Snappy, Biting Fun by fhaggas June 30, 2004 - 5:31 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
I rented this movie not really knowing what to expect. I was very surprised and pleased with how biting and at times sharply humorous the dialogue was. Each development, each character insight, was built up piece by logical piece to create a believable chaos.

Pleased to see a movie that didn't pull punches.

What a nightmarish party!

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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2001
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.
Enjoy yourself... and others.
weirdly wonderful intimacy

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