The Anniversary Party (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  29 June 2001 (USA)
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Love is complex and relationships deteriorate.

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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
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.


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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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Did You Know?


The part of Otis, Joe and Sally's dog was played by Jennifer Jason Leigh's own pet dog. 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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References The Party (1968) See more »


I Know A Place
Written by Tony Hatch
Performed by Petula Clark
Courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Wonderful ensemble improvisational acting, and a digital video Hollywood landmark production.
1 May 2001 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

Cloying at times but very compelling and all-but-unpredictable, 'Anniversary' surprises with its power and brutal candor, especially when one tries to discern the autobiographical truths. Saw it last at Disney company screening in NYC when I had no idea what I was about to see or who had created it. Amazed at end to discover in credits that co-stars Cumming and Leigh had written and directed the film.

Was especially struck by the performances of Jennifer Beals--whom I did not recognize--and Phoebe Cates, whose brilliance in one climactic scene w/ Leigh is startling. Impressed at heavyweights in cast like Kline, Paltrow and Cumming. Delighted to see John C. Reilly again (but where was buddy Philip Seymour Hoffman?) Newcomer Mina Badie was the most striking "rookie" in cast (but one whose name, phonetically, rivals that of "Snidely Whiplash.")

The technical miracle here came when I realized--only after screening and upon reading production notes--that the "film" was actually shot on digital video. I defy any non-pro viewer to recognize the difference. The success of the remarkably soft film-like cinematography here by veteran John Bailey may accelerate Hollywood's embrace of much cheaper, quicker video production. It's unintrusive effect is dazzling here.

Biggest flaw here is lack of substantial "story" and reliance on lengthy Ecstacy scene and theme. The politically incorrect happy-drug message here will hurt the movie with mainstream critics. This despite fact that plot does eventually include a moralistic, anti-drug hard-drug lesson in its somewhat predictable conclusion.

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