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

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$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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4 January 2005 | by (CLEVELAND OHIO) – See all my reviews

THE UPSIDE OF ANGER

"Classic melodrama" was the old-fashioned term used to characterize family dramas where women struggled with their situation or gave voice to once- repressed desires. More often than not, these films focused on the bourgeoisie, where stifling urges and desires for fulfillment is endemic. Galvanized by a great and witty script, and powered by truly remarkable performances by Joan Allen and Kevin Costner, Upside of Anger is a welcome and inspired revision of the classic genre. Writer/director Mike Binder deserves all the kudos he will likely receive for this superbly rendered comedic drama, which is at once traditional and iconoclastic and as absorbing and entertaining as it is appealingly human.

The story is set in motion when the alcoholic matriarch of the well-to-do midwestern Wolfmeyer family discovers her husband has disappeared and left her to raise four headstrong daughters (all in various stages of young adulthood) on her own, without any clear means of support. Her drunken rants fuel her already combative parenting style, and the situation really erupts when a middle-aged neighbor makes a play for her attention. The stellar cast, including Erika Christensen, Evan Rachel Wood, Keri Russell, and Alicia Witt, makes this portrayal of a family's emotional transformation one of the most pleasurable and surprisingly unpredictable romantic dramas you'll see this year.— Geoffrey Gilmore

Producers : Alex Gartner, Jack Binder, Sammy Lee Cinematographer : Richard Greatrex Production Designer : Chris Roope Costume Designer : Deborah Scott Cast : Joan Allen, Kevin Costner, Erika Christensen, Evan Rachel Wood, Keri Russell, Alicia Witt, Mike Binder


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