IMDb > The Anniversary Party (2001)
The Anniversary Party
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Anniversary Party (2001) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 78 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
The Anniversary Party -- Love is complex and relationships deteriorate.

Overview

User Rating:
6.4/10   7,013 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 5% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Writers:
Jennifer Jason Leigh (written by) &
Alan Cumming (written by)
Contact:
View company contact information for The Anniversary Party on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
23 May 2001 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's not a party until something gets broken.
Plot:
Love is complex and relationships deteriorate. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
It's Party Time, Hollywood Style See more (125 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Alan Cumming ... Joe Therrian

Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Sally Therrian

Otis ... Himself (as Otis the Dog)
Steven Freedman ... Yoga Instructor
Norizzela Monterroso ... America
Clara Demedrano ... Rosa

John Benjamin Hickey ... Jerry Adams

Parker Posey ... Judy Adams

Phoebe Cates ... Sophia Gold

Kevin Kline ... Cal Gold

Owen Kline ... Jack Gold
Greta Kline ... Evie Gold

Denis O'Hare ... Ryan Rose

Mina Badie ... Monica Rose

Jane Adams ... Clair Forsyth

John C. Reilly ... Mac Forsyth

Jennifer Beals ... Gina Taylor

Matt Malloy ... Sanford Jewison

Mary Lynn Rajskub ... Mary-Lynn (as Mary-Lynn Rajskub)

Michael Panes ... Levi Panes

Gwyneth Paltrow ... Skye Davidson
Blair Tefkin ... Astrid
Anouk ... Herself (as Anouk the Dog)
Karen Kilgariff ... Karen

Molly Bryant ... Party Guest
Michael G. Carroll ... Party Guest

Craig Chester ... Party Guest

Christopher Lawrence ... Party Guest

Jessica Queller ... Party Guest

JR Reed ... Party Guest (as JR W. Reed)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sadie Frost ... Lucy - Joe's Sister (voice) (uncredited)

Matt McGrath ... Jeffrey (uncredited)
Create a character page for: ?

Directed by
Alan Cumming 
Jennifer Jason Leigh 
 
Writing credits
Jennifer Jason Leigh (written by) &
Alan Cumming (written by)

Produced by
Alan Cumming .... producer
Andrew Hurwitz .... executive producer
Jennifer Jason Leigh .... producer
Michael Nelson .... co-producer
JoAnne Sellar .... producer
Lila Yacoub .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Penn 
 
Cinematography by
John Bailey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Carol Littleton 
Suzanne Spangler 
 
Set Decoration by
Emma Fairley 
 
Costume Design by
Christopher Lawrence 
 
Makeup Department
Jorjee Douglas .... assistant hair stylist (as Jorjee Douglass)
Jorjee Douglas .... assistant makeup artist (as Jorjee Douglass)
Lori Guidroz .... hair department head
Tina Roesler Kerwin .... key makeup artist (as Tina Roesler-Kerwin)
 
Production Management
Joan Kelley Bierman .... post-production supervisor
Christine White .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Paul Clark .... first assistant director
Dawn Massaro .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Nick Chavez .... swing gang
Alan Cumming .... storyboard illustrator
Doug DuRose .... property assistant (as Doug Durose)
Simona Ennas .... assistant to set decorator
Simona Ennas .... flower arrangements
Simona Ennas .... sculpture designer
Alan K. Harrison .... swing gang (as Alan Harrison)
Jeffrey Kies .... designer: frames, HEE983
Jennifer Jason Leigh .... designer: book jackets
Paul Linkogle .... leadman
Eugene McCarthy .... property master
Chris Vail .... assistant property master
James Davidson Bennett .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Tim Bindel .... supervising adr editor
Perry Dodgson .... boom operator
Matthew T. Duncan .... sound recordist (as Matt Duncan)
Aleksandr Gruzdev .... sound re-recording mixer (as Alex Gruzdev)
Joy Gruzdev .... dialogue editor
Ellen Heuer .... foley walker
Cindy Jo Hinkleman .... first assistant sound editor
James P. Lay .... sound re-recording mixer (as James Lay)
James P. Lay .... supervising sound editor (as James Lay)
David MacMillan .... production sound mixer (as David R. B. MacMillan)
Harrison D. Marsh .... boom operator (as Harrison 'Duke' Marsh)
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Richard Partlow .... foley walker (as Rick Partlow)
Will Riley .... sound effects editor
Andy Rosenthal .... sound effects editor
Ron Ruzicka .... foley recordist (as Ron Ruizicca)
Trevor Ward .... sound consultant: Dolby
Cindy Jo Hinkleman .... adr editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Dan Bradley .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Matt Cohen .... video technician
Mike Connors .... dolly grip
Gary Dagg .... key grip
Anette Haellmigk .... camera operator
Steele Hunter .... grip
Ian Kelly .... video engineer
E. Scott Mayhugh .... best boy grip (as Scott Mayhugh)
Matthew Moriarty .... first assistant camera (as Matt Moriarty)
John 'Fest' Sandau .... chief lighting technician
David Scott .... lamp operator
Cricket Sloat .... assistant chief lighting technician
Peter Sorel .... unit still photographer
Zoran Veselic .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Greg Wardell .... lamp operator
Maryan Zurek .... underwater assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Virginia D. Patton .... costumer: New York (as Virginia Patton)
Nomi Shichor .... costume assistant
Lovelynn Vanderhorst .... costume supervisor (as Lovelynn A. Vanderhorst)
 
Editorial Department
Charise E. Angone .... assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Mike Milliken .... color timer
Mike Sowa .... digital color timer
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Nicole Catino .... music coordinator
Mark Everett .... musical archivist (as E)
Paul Rabjohns .... music editor
Robin Urdang .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Scott Ayers .... driver
Jerry Smith .... transportation coordinator
Jon Tardino .... driver
Andrew Wooten .... driver
 
Other crew
Andrea Adams .... set intern
Keith Adams .... stand-in
Pamela Alch .... script supervisor
Howard Baral .... post-production accountant
Jerome Blake .... production attorney
Kristin Borella .... unit publicist
Maxine Brooks .... studio teacher
Steven Butensky .... production accountant
Paul Cafferty .... post-production accountant
Leah Canino .... animal trainer
Alison Cohen .... production attorney
Janet Costner .... location manager
Sylvia Desrochers .... unit publicist
Gary Ferraro .... assistant chef
Jim Fleckenstein .... set production assistant
J.J. Geary .... craft service
Susan Hartmann .... assistant production coordinator
Todd Helbing .... assistant: Jennifer Jason Leigh
Laurie A. Hoover .... assistant accountant (as Laurie Hoover)
Andrew Hurwitz .... production attorney
Donna Janosik .... office production assistant
Ed King .... assistant: Alan Cumming
Jennifer Jason Leigh .... book jacket designer
Amy Lloyd .... set intern
Renee Morrison .... stand-in
Mark Patterson .... set production assistant
Carlo Pratto .... assistant: Ms. Leigh & Mr. Cumming
Henry Rivera .... assistant chef
Eddie Roche .... assistant: Alan Cumming
Michael Rose .... office production assistant
Corey Sklov .... set production assistant
Susan Soh .... assistant: Jennifer Jason Leigh
Natalie Stevenson .... assistant: Gwyneth Paltrow
Marc Stoker .... set medic
Lloyd Thomas .... chef
Damon Tinker .... office production assistant
Barbara Turner .... script consultant
Ana Veselic .... set intern
Bumble Ward .... unit publicist
 
Thanks
Lexie Almeida .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Paul Thomas Anderson .... special thanks
Jennifer Beals .... acknowledgment: prop photos by
Claire Best .... special thanks
Arianna C. Bocco .... special thanks (as Arianna Bocco)
Tracy Brennan .... special thanks
Brian Carter .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film, Absolut Vodka LA
Tricia Cooke .... special thanks (as Trisha Cooke)
Duffy Culligan .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Seamus Culligan .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Sonya Deepak .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Carmen DeForest .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Alison Dickey .... special thanks
Renee Duryee .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Michelle Feeney .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Mark Flanagan .... special thanks
Tom Ford .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Kathy Freud .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Sadie Frost .... special thanks
John Galliano .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Nan Goldin .... acknowledgment: still photographs of Jennifer Jason Leigh by
Nan Goldin .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Stephanie Hardy .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Ola Itani .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Simon Johnston .... acknowledgment: "God Bless America" print by
Jennifer Kaufman .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Jamie Kershaw .... special thanks
Brigitte Lacombe .... acknowledgment: still photographs of Phoebe Cates & Jennifer Jason Leigh by
Brigitte Lacombe .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Annie Leibovitz .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film (as Annie Leibowitz)
John Lesher .... special thanks
Michael Lin .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Clay Lingo .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Daniel Lupi .... very special thanks
Mike Macari .... special thanks
Doug MacLaren .... special thanks
Carineh Martin .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Sam Mendes .... special thanks
Fouad Mezza .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Celeste Miller .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Matthew Mogol .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film (as Matthew Mogul)
Laura Moniz .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Jay Novak .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Mark Ordesky .... special thanks
Jenni Park .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Mark Peel .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
James Perse .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Jacques Perwin .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Miuccia Prada .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film (as Muicia Prada)
Richard Presser .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Megan Quinn .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Joshua Ravetch .... special thanks
Karen Reddy Medeiros .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film (as Karen Reddy-Medeiros)
Elaine Rich .... special thanks
Diane Rosenstein .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Hugh Ross .... special thanks
Kurt Rothner .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Cynthia Rowley .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Gilly Ruben .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Joni Savage .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Jason Schell .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Kanwal Sharma .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Carol Shaw .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Shelby Siegel .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film (as Shelby Segal)
Nancy Silverton .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Tamara Simpson .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Charlotte Sprintess .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Kate Sullivan .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Don Tardino .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Carol Theodorou .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film
Rob Thornton .... thanks: for their huge contribution to the making of this film, Modern Props (as Robney Thornton)
Barbara Turner .... an enormous less words thanks to
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
MPAA:
Rated R for language, drug use and nudity
Runtime:
115 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:MA | Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) | France:U | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/16 | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 | USA:R (No. 37899)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The actors did their own make-up and hair, forsaking dressing rooms and trailers.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Clair:Um... I lost my husband and my beeper... have you seen either one of them?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in For Pete's Wake! (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Recognize LoveSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
It's Party Time, Hollywood Style, 5 September 2002
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

This film pulls back the curtain to reveal a glimpse of what `celebrity' means when the cameras aren't rolling and the stage is dark. What begins as a celebration of sorts becomes a character study that examines the lifestyle of the self-absorbed and those driven by ego, and we get to see the people behind the `fame.' And while on one hand `The Anniversary Party,' written and directed by Alan Cumming and Jennifer Jason Leigh, appears at first to be the kind of party you could find at anyone's house at any time in any place, subtle differences begin to surface that separates it from what could be considered the `norm.' Because beyond certain corporate similarities, the entertainment industry is quite unlike any other, and that goes especially for the people who inhabit it. Sure, actors, writers, directors, etc. are people, just like anyone else, but their particular perceptions and priorities necessarily shift them into a unique position within the landscape of the human condition, wherein they exist amongst their own and for the most part play the game by their own rules. This is a generalization, of course; not every actor or artist lives in the style depicted in this film, but many do. In the final analysis, Hollywood is not called `La-La Land' for no reason, and Cumming and Leigh know it. Welcome to a world in which anything is acceptable, anything goes, and usually does.

Writer/director Joe Therrian (Cumming) and actress Sally Nash (Leigh) have prepared a party to celebrate their six years together; not that they have actually been `together' the entire time, but according to the actor/artist math, it's close enough. Close friends and associates have been invited to share whatever this is with them, as well as a couple of neighbors, Monica and Ryan Rose (Mina Badie, Denis O'Hare), who have certain `issues' with Joe and Sally. And, much to the chagrin of the `aging' Sally, whose career seems to be on the wane, Joe has invited the hot young up-and-comer in town, Skye Davidson (Gwyneth Paltrow) to the party. As the evening wears on into the early morning hours, true feelings are gradually revealed amid a game of charades (rather, a `production' of charades; these people are forever `on'), as well as the sharing of a certain `product' given as a present to Joe and Sally by Skye. And so, what began as a celebration, in the cold, hard light of morning just may be remembered as something entirely different. Welcome to the wonderful world of show biz.

The daughter of actor Vic Morrow, Jennifer Jason Leigh was born into the business, so to speak; Alan Cumming, on the other hand will have to come up with his own excuse. But they have collaborated (perhaps `conspired' would be more accurate) to bring to the screen an interesting, thought provoking story that for all intents and purposes seems, at least, as if it could be a composite of actual experiences and people they have known. Which means they've succeeded in delivering a film that has the decided flavor of reality about it, and for the most part it's extremely engaging, and often riveting drama. it may be a film that many will have trouble connecting with, though, if only because it is bound to fall outside the realm of personal experience for them. Most of the issues in this story are simply unfamiliar territory to the greater part of the world's population, with the exception of those dealing with the more universal themes, like the appreciation of a child's song, or the irritation of the perpetual barking of a neighbor's dog.

What really sells the project, though, and maintains interest, is the excellent ensemble cast the filmmakers have assembled here, portraying an inordinate number of characters driven by look-at-me! egos, yet each presented within their own unique perspectives and contexts. At the center of the fray, of course, is Cumming and Leigh, each of whom do a solid job of anchoring the myriad situations and scenarios generated through, by and around them. Leigh successfully conveys a sense of insecurity consistent with Sally's current status, and Cumming does a good job of making Joe quite unlikable, affecting as he does the look, attitude and personality born of an overblown and bloated ego. it's a portrayal that effectively points up the absolute boorishness that can be found within this community.

Paltrow, meanwhile, perfectly captures the essence of the shallow and relatively clueless ingenue, the vast majority of whom become a flavor of the week before disappearing into the obscurity of Hollywood's human `outbox.' While Phoebe Cates, as former actress Sophia Gold, represents the opposite end of the spectrum, a young woman perfectly content with her current role of wife and mother. And Kevin Kline is convincing as her husband, actor Cal Gold, who though successful is still visited with insecurities and doubt; and his performance is one of the highlights of the film.

Also turning in performances that stand out from the rest are Mina Badie (Leigh's real life half-sister) as the neighbor who comes to the party offering conciliatory overtures toward a more `neighborly' relationship; John C. Reilly, as Mac Forsyth, a veteran director struggling with his latest project (the star of which just happens to be Sally Nash); and Peter Sellers look alike Michael Panes, as Sally's talented friend, Levi.

Rounding out the exceptional cast are Jane Adams (Clair), John Benjamin Hickey (Jerry), Parker Posey (Judy), Jennifer Beals (Gina), Matt Malloy (Sanford) and Owen Kline and Greta Kline (Kevin and Phoebe's real life children, as Jack and Evie Gold). A film that is more interesting than entertaining, `The Anniversary Party' nevertheless offers the viewer a chance to vicariously explore and experience Tinsel Town from the dark side of the curtain; some will find it exciting, while others will deem it decidedly unglamorous. Either way, Cumming and Leigh are to be commended for making it `real.' It's the magic of the movies. 7/10.







Was the above review useful to you?
See more (125 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Anniversary Party (2001)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
possibly the worst film ever shady000
i felt like i was watching elevator surveillance videos. spikeschilde
great movie jnmcdona
Jane Adams Incredible Acting bobert84
question about John C. Reilly in the pool RabiesKillsBabies
New Message Boards for Alan Cumming (Joe Therrian) p-blackchurch
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Last Kiss Short Cuts All Good Things The Kids Are All Right Heights
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.