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The Anniversary Party (2001)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Therrian
Himself (as Otis the Dog)
Steven Freedman ...
Yoga Instructor
Norizzela Monterroso ...
Clara Demedrano ...
Jerry Adams
Cal Gold
Jack Gold
Greta Kline ...
Evie Gold


Celebrity couple Joe and Sally Therrian are going through yet another rough stage in their six-year marriage: while Joe's novels have been climbing higher and higher on the best-seller lists, Sally's film career has been steadily sinking into oblivion. Joe's been given the rights to cast and direct the screenplay of his latest book, but rather than resurrect Sally's career by casting her in the lead role, he's given it to Sally's rival, Skye Davidson. Even worse, he's invited Skye to their anniversary bash. Will the marriage, or anything else for that matter, survive the party? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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It's not a party until something gets broken.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug use and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 June 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aniversário de Casamento  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$158,533 (USA) (8 June 2001)


$4,013,506 (USA) (17 August 2001)

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1.78 : 1
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After Judy throws the diving sticks into the pool, several guests jump in, including a shirtless Joe. In the next shot, Joe is on the grass, wearing his shirt and dry. See more »


Sally Nash: We're fine! We're great! We're having a baby and we're moving to London!
Sophia Gold: Well you weren't fine when you went all Sylvia Plath on me last summer in Connecticut!
Sally Nash: Not nice! Not kind!
Sophia Gold: Ha! Not half so "not kind" as your husband was in his depiction of you in his novel!
Sally Nash: Why are you doing this?
Sophia Gold: Sally! His image of you is a possessive, fragile neurotic!
Sally Nash: But I *am* a possessive, fragile neurotic!
Sophia Gold: No you are not! You are Sally Nash! You are Sally Nash, and you're my best friend for twenty years. And ...
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A Voyeur's Delight
20 August 2001 | by (Tennessee) – See all my reviews

"The Anniversary Party" provides you with the perfect opportunity to watch the kind of party you'd want to be invited to, but not necessarily attend.

This was a great film with numerous funny, dramatic, awkward, and stressful moments. It embraced many universal points of conflict in relationships--be it with a spouse, a neighbor, a boss, a co-worker--and allowed you, as a viewer, to watch all of the varying (and often hilarious) perspectives. And then it showed you all of those same perspectives on ecstasy.

The film maintains a large cast of talented people and uses them well. I found myself doubled over in laughter for at least half of the movie--Alan "Uppin" Cumming, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jane Adams, Parker Posey, John Benjamin Hickey, John C. Reilly, Michael Panes, and the entire Cates-Kline family gave a lot of comedy to their characters, complimenting the difficult and trying moments that were weaved throughout the film.

It was shocking to see the number of negative reviews in this index. I think if you are between the ages of 25-49, it would be hard not to relate to the social satire that is portrayed brilliantly in this film. It is thoroughly enjoyable.****

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