The Upside of Anger (2005)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Harper ...
David Junior
Gorden Reiner
Grey Wolfmeyer
Magdalena Manville ...
David Firth ...
David Senior
Rod Woodruff ...
Dean Reiner (as Roderick P. Woodruff)
Emily's Doctor


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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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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Release Date:

1 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Outra Face da Raiva  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$211,559 (USA) (11 March 2005)


$18,761,993 (USA) (24 June 2005)

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Mike Binder wrote the script specifically to give Joan Allen a juicy starring role. See more »


When Denny and Emily are dancing at the wedding and then the camera cuts to Terry, equipment is reflected in the glass door behind her. See more »


Lavender "Popeye" Wolfmeyer: Anger and resentment can stop you in your tracks. That's what I know now. It needs nothing to burn but the air and the life that it swallows and smothers. It's real, though - the fury, even when it isn't. It can change you... turn you... mold you and shape you into something you're not. The only upside to anger, then... is the person you become. Hopefully someone that wakes up one day and realizes they're not afraid to take the journey, someone that knows that the truth is, at best, a partially...
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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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