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The Upside of Anger (2005)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  1 April 2005 (USA)
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When her husband unexpectedly disappears, a sharp-witted suburban wife and her daughters juggle their mom's romantic dilemmas and family dynamics.

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A sharp-witted suburban wife, Terry Wolfmeyer, is left to raise her four headstrong daughters when her husband unexpectedly disappears. Things get even more hectic when she falls for her neighbor Denny, a once-great baseball star turned radio d.j. This leaves her daughters out on a limb. They are forced to juggle their mom's romantic dilemmas as well as their own. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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drinking | baseball | anger | radio | secretary | See more »

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Sometimes what tears us apart helps us put it back together See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language, sexual situations, brief comic violence and some drug use | See all certifications »

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1 April 2005 (USA)  »

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A Outra Face da Raiva  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,179 (Hong Kong) (3 June 2005)

Gross:

$18,761,993 (USA) (24 June 2005)
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Mike Binder approached singer-turned-actress Mandy Moore to play Lavender "Popeye" but she backed out because she wanted to do publicity for an upcoming album. See more »

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When the family toasts to Hadley, the amount of bloody Mary in Hadley's glass changes between shots See more »

Quotes

Hadley Wolfmeyer: [the dog is eating the chicken prepared for dinner] Buddy, Goddamn You! Out!
Emily Wolfmeyer: What's the big deal? He wasn't licking it more than three seconds.
Hadley Wolfmeyer: The three second rule is for floors, not dog's mouths. He spends all day licking other dogs' asses.
Emily Wolfmeyer: It's fine. You guys, it's good chicken. It's fine.
Andy Wolfmeyer: Like you'd eat it.
[waiting for her to try a piece]
Emily Wolfmeyer: [Emily tastes a piece of chicken] It's fine.
Hadley Wolfmeyer: You know the Zilwaukees' Great Dane, "Mo'fo?" You're licking his asshole right now.
[Andy cracks up Laughing]
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Features Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914) See more »

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Try a Little Tenderness
Written by Harry M. Woods (as Harry Woods), Jimmy Campbell and Reginald Connelly
Published by Campbell Connelly & Co Limited
Performed by The Gavin Munn Band
Courtesy of Upside of Anger Limited
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Drama with some laughs and a twist
28 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this when it premiered at the Sundance film festival (although the director & actors didn't bother to come to our screening), and I enjoyed it. Kevin Costner plays a baseball player, but the movie is not about baseball; it deals with the anger the lead character feels when her husband disappears, along with his secretary. Joan Allen plays the wife of the missing man, and is the mother to four daughters, played very well by Evan Rachel Wood, Keri Russel, Erika Christensen, and Alicia Witt. Joan Allen was marvelous. We laughed many times when she glared in anger at different characters in the movie (and we were glad she wasn't mad at US! LOL...) I have not been a big fan of Kevin Costner in recent years, but thought that he did a great job as the man who helps Joan Allen's character pick up the pieces. The writer/director also has a role in the film as an older man who dates Joan Allen's daughter. I thought the message of the film was delivered well, and it was an entertaining story. There is a twist at the end that I truly did not see coming. I don't think it spoiled the movie, it was just unexpected.


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