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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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The film was written by Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming for their friends, and shot in 19 days using SONY DSR-500 digital video cameras. See more »


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 »


Mac Forsyth: Have you got a DP yet?
Joe Therrian: Is that the guy with the camera?
Mac Forsyth: Yeah.
Joe Therrian: Yeah, they gave me a list.
Mac Forsyth: [paces; after a pause] Do you even like film?
Joe Therrian: Not particularly, no.
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Best of its kind film ever made.
12 December 2002 | by (Boston, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

If you like a slow, carefully developed, beautifully acted, funny and articulate piece of parlor theater, complete with a heart-wrenching scene or three demonstrating alienation between neighbors and genuine intimacy among friends, this is for you. If not, not. With its two deaths or near-deaths, this is more than talk, but still if pure conversation strikes you as self-indulgent or tedious, rather than (in this singular case) genius, why not pass?

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