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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)
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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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...is the person you can become. See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Every attempt is made to show the Wolfmeyer home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, however the drivers license shown is from West Bloomfield and has the zip code listed as 66020 which is for Easton, KS and Bloomfield Hills, MI is 48301. The address listed is 1246 Puritan Avenue. There is no Puritan Ave in either Bloomfield Hills or West Bloomfield, MI. Also, in Michigan the license expires on a person's date of birth and the license # starts with the first letter of the persons last name. In this case both of these are in error. See more »


Andy Wolfmeyer: Be nice!
Terry Wolfmeyer: That's not in my nature.
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References Bicycle Thieves (1948) See more »


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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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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