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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

A Outra Face da Raiva  »

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Budget:

$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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Kevin Costner gained 20 pounds for his role. See more »

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When Hadley is going back to college and loading the SUV, the neighbor passes by walking the dog, right to left. When she is getting into the car the rear end of the dog is seen again walking by, right to left, thereby making the dog and owner walk past the car twice in a few seconds. See more »

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Gorden Reiner: [Popeye kisses Gordon] I'm gay.
Lavender "Popeye" Wolfmeyer: What?
[laughs]
Lavender "Popeye" Wolfmeyer: No you're not.
[pause]
Lavender "Popeye" Wolfmeyer: Are you just saying that cause you don't wanna kiss me?
Gorden Reiner: I like men.
Lavender "Popeye" Wolfmeyer: I don't believe you. I think you're lying.
[pause]
Lavender "Popeye" Wolfmeyer: Have you ever had gay sex? What about sex with a woman? Just have sex with me and if you don't like it, then you can be gay.
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References Bicycle Thieves (1948) See more »

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One Safe Place
Performed by Marc Cohn
Music by Marc Cohn
Lyrics by Marc Cohn and Phil Galdstone
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Great story, strong actors
10 February 2004 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

The Upside of Anger was a wonderfully written script. The perfect blend of humor and sadness, consistent in real life. Each character was developed uniquely, with many different layers. Each character was matched by strong up and coming and veteran actors. Joan Allen as usual is a gem and proves that mainstream Hollywood is missing one of the great female leads of our time. Kevin Costner sticks out and steals the show. He's quirky but real and perfectly lovable. All the girls, although they did not get enough screen time, were capable, exceptional, actors with a bright future in front of them all. Especially the youngest daughter played by Evan Rachel Wood. This is a rare comedy that must be seen. Although the average American may find it slow with it's absence of car chases and sword fights, one can only hope that this movie will find it's audience and grow enough to fall into the laps of the average and broaden their minds.


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