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The Upside of Anger -- When her husband unexpectedly disappears, a sharp-witted suburban wife and her daughters juggle their mom's romantic dilemmas and family dynamics.
The Upside of Anger -- 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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Writer (WGA):
Mike Binder (written by)
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Allen ... Terry Ann Wolfmeyer

Kevin Costner ... Denny Davies

Erika Christensen ... Andy Wolfmeyer

Keri Russell ... Emily Wolfmeyer

Alicia Witt ... Hadley Wolfmeyer

Evan Rachel Wood ... Lavender 'Popeye' Wolfmeyer

Mike Binder ... Adam 'Shep' Goodman
Tom Harper ... David Junior

Dane Christensen ... Gorden Reiner

Danny Webb ... Grey Wolfmeyer
Magdalena Manville ... Darlene

Suzanne Bertish ... Gina
David Firth ... David Senior
Rod Woodruff ... Dean Reiner (as Roderick P. Woodruff)

Stephen Greif ... Emily's Doctor

Arthur Penhallow ... Himself
Richard Mylan ... Disc Jockey
Robert Perkins ... Town Car Man

William Tapley ... Dr. Lewis
Owen Oakeshott ... Builder Foreman (as Owen Oakshoot)
Bella Sabbagh ... Radio Station Receptionist
Kathryn Wade ... Ballet Dancer
Michelle Denholm ... Ballet Dancer
Natalie Domanski ... Ballet Dancer
Sophie Gorrod ... Ballet Dancer
Carolyn Logan ... Ballet Dancer
Alison McWhinney ... Ballet Dancer
Natasha O'Brien ... Ballet Dancer
Stina Quagebeur ... Ballet Dancer
Olivia Ratcliffe ... Ballet Dancer
Laura Suttle ... Ballet Dancer
Nicola Wallis ... Ballet Dancer
Miki Weatherford ... Ballet Dancer
Nao Yamazato ... Ballet Dancer
Gavin Munn ... Wedding Band - The Gavin Munn Band
Nicholas White ... Wedding Band - The Gavin Munn Band

Peter Hajioff ... Wedding Band - The Gavin Munn Band
Chris Banks ... Wedding Band - The Gavin Munn Band
Roger Batting ... Wedding Band - The Gavin Munn Band
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Greg Bennett ... Mourner (uncredited)
Danny McCluskey ... Fan (uncredited)
Peter Rnic ... Bodyguard (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Binder 
Writing credits
Mike Binder (written by)

Produced by
Jack Binder .... producer
Chris Curling .... associate producer
Mark Damon .... executive producer
Alex Gartner .... producer
Andreas Grosch .... executive producer
Stewart Hall .... executive producer
Peter Heslop .... line producer
Sammy Lee .... producer
Andreas Schmid .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alexandre Desplat 
Cinematography by
Richard Greatrex (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Steve Edwards 
Robin Sales 
Casting by
Danielle Roffe 
Production Design by
Chris Roope 
Art Direction by
Tim Stevenson 
Set Decoration by
Neesh Ruben 
Costume Design by
Deborah Lynn Scott  (as Deborah Scott)
Makeup Department
Sarita Allison .... makeup artist
Chris Benoit .... hair stylist
Elle Elliott .... hair stylist: Mr. Costner
Daniel Galvin Senior .... colour consultant
Teresa Kelly .... hair stylist
Teresa Kelly .... makeup artist
Sian Richards .... hair designer
Sian Richards .... makeup designer
John Schoonraad .... makeup effects designer/supervisor
Felicity Wright .... hair stylist supervisor
Felicity Wright .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Jack Binder .... unit production manager
Jay Coquillon .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Binder .... second unit director
Chris Burgess .... additional third assistant director
Melanie Dicks .... first assistant director
Martin Krauka .... second assistant director
Sarah MacFarlane .... third assistant director
Andrew McEwan .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Lee Bryant .... chief dressing props
Alfie Burgess .... stand-by props
Stephen Campbell .... stand-by art director
Steven Campbell .... stand-by art director
Tim Lanning .... greensman
Lee Reilly .... stand-by carpenter
Zoe Scivoletto .... assistant set decorator
Andrew Tapper .... art department assistant
Ian Williamson .... stand-by painter
Terry Wood .... property master
Terry Woods .... property master
Sound Department
Stuart Bagshaw .... sound editor
Howard Bargroff .... sound re-recording mixer
Tony Bell .... sound maintenance
Matthew Desorgher .... sound maintenance
Phillip A. Hamilton .... adr recordist
Christopher Harvengt .... adr supervisor
Stewart Henderson .... adr editor
Dan Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Hugh Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Gareth Llewellyn .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Miriam Ludbrook .... dialogue supervisor
Gareth Meirion .... sound trainee (as Gareth Thomas)
Zak Melemendjian .... adr editor (as Peter Melemendjian)
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Jeremy Price .... supervising sound designer
Jeremy Price .... supervising sound editor
John Rodda .... sound mixer
Brian Simmons .... sound mixer
Barnaby Smyth .... supervising foley editor
Graeme Stoten .... adr supervisor
David Turner .... sound technical coordinator
Michele Woods .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Ben Ashmore .... special effects coordinator
Paddy Burnside .... special effects engineer
Tom Harris .... special effects supervisor
Alan Hedgcock .... special effects makeup
Paul Kelly .... special effects supervisor (as Paul Kelley)
Jules Pellicci .... special effects production coordinator
Simon Rose .... special effects makeup
Simon Rose .... special effects technician: exploding head effects
Cliff Wallace .... special effects makeup
Visual Effects by
Gary J. Brown .... Inferno artist
Sally Clayton .... digital film producer
Safiya Gili .... digital effects artist (as Safiya Ravat)
Anthony Wonsoff .... digital compositor
Rod Woodruff .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Alloway .... second camera operator
David Ashby .... second camera grip
Robin Browne .... director of photography: second unit, Detroit
Paul Buffery .... stand-by rigger
Paul Chedlow .... still photographer
Bob Cooke .... clapper loader
Russell Diamond .... grip
Terry Eden .... best boy
Dan Garlick .... second camera grip
Simon Gilmour .... camera loader
Gary Hedges .... electrician
Dermot Hickey .... focus puller
Alice Hobden .... second camera loader
Andrew Hoehn Jr. .... first assistant camera: Detroit
Demetri Jagger .... video assist operator
Brian Jones .... gaffer
Andy O'Connor .... electrician
Peter O'Connor .... focus puller: second camera
Gerry Vasbenter .... Steadicam operator
Gerry Vasbenter .... camera operator
Zoe Whittaker .... video assist operator: dailies
Casting Department
Gary Davy .... casting: UK
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elena D'Cruze-Reynolds .... junior costume assistant
Lucy Denny .... costume assistant
Rebecca Duncan .... wardrobe supervisor
Sarah Fawkner .... costume runner
Laura N. Flores .... costume production assistant
Rebecca Gore .... wardrobe assistant
Mari Grimaud .... costume supervisor
Karen Hobbs .... costume assistant
Sally Mason .... wardrobe supervisor
Linda Millen .... wardrobe mistress
Elizabeth Wilson .... assistant costume designer (as Lizzy Wilson)
Editorial Department
Jeremy Baxter .... post-production assistant
Joe Fineman .... post-production consultant
Steve Harrow .... post-production consultant
Michael Nouryeh .... assistant editor
Rod Shelton .... digital intermediate producer
Lance Stubblefield .... assistant editor
Cliff Thomas .... color grader
Laurent Treherne .... digital intermediate supervisor
Mick Vincent .... colorist
Tracey Wadmore-Smith .... associate editor
Mat Whitecross .... documentary editor
Laurie McDowell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Jim Passon .... final color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Maggie Bazin .... music clearance coordinator
Alexandre Desplat .... conductor
Alexandre Desplat .... orchestrator
Dave Jordan .... music supervisor
Solrey Lemonnier .... music producer
Gordan Nikolitch .... orchestra leader
Jon Olive .... music editor
Jojo Villanueva .... music coordinator (as Jo Jo Villanueva)
Transportation Department
Simon Burgess .... facility driver: unit base stand-by
Martin Jones .... driver
Simon Jones .... driver
Graham Kelly .... action vehicle coordinator
Andrew Nolan .... genny driver
Chris J. Smith .... picture vehicle technician
Dave Williams .... facilities driver
Other crew
Jasa Abreo .... assistant: Kevin Costner
Huda Abuzeid .... assistant: Jack Binder
Sonya A. Avakian .... production assistant
Linzi Baltrunas .... assistant location manager
Terry Blyther .... location manager
Sean Bradley .... representative: Media 8 Entertainment
Lesley Broderick .... production accountant
Carn Burton .... location finder
Clair Chrysler .... lead stand-in: Joan Allen
Valentina Coccia .... assistant production coordinator
Merryn Conaway .... assistant: Jack Binder
Christopher Coote .... floor runner
Randy Dannenberg .... film executive
Kerstin Dyroff .... production coordinator: VIP Medienfonds
Billy Edwards .... charge hand stand-by propman
Mike Fraser .... digital film consultant
Robin Green .... second assistant accountant
John Gunnery .... stand-in
Chaz Harris .... assistant: Jack Binder
Alexander Hodgson .... production assistant
Jessica L. Jordan .... representative: Media 8 Entertainment
Solomon J. LeFlore .... production financing
Maggie Murray .... assistant accountant
Eva Neufahrt .... controller
Brian O'Shea .... executive: Media 8 Entertainment
Brian O'Shea .... world sales executive
Claire Packer .... assistant: Sammy Lee
Jeremy Pelzer .... studio director ealing studios
Jenna Piccolo .... executive
Aris Piliguian .... assistant: Alex Gartner
Pam Plummer .... assistant: Joan Allen
Bill Ridealgh .... unit medic
David Rumble .... production assistant
Bella Sabbagh .... stand-in: Alicia Witt
Nicole Sacker .... assistant: Jack Binder
Katryna Samut-Tagliaferro .... production coordinator
Caroline Sax .... script supervisor
Richard Senior .... floor runner
Diane Slattery .... unit publicist
Charlie Somers .... location scout
Tamara Stuparich de la Barra .... creative executive: Media 8
Jelena Tadic .... executive
Michael J. Urann .... representative: Media 8 Entertainment
Matthew Waldman .... production liaison
Oli Wennink .... post-production assistant to producer
Rachel Zimmerman .... assistant: Mike Binder
Christa Zofcin .... business affairs executive
Richard Rowntree .... assistant: Steve Harrow (uncredited)
Hugh Phoenix Cross .... acknowledgment (uncredited)

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Rated R for language, sexual situations, brief comic violence and some drug use
USA:118 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Kevin Costner gained 20 pounds for his role.See more »
Errors in geography: When the family limo at the beginning and end of the movie is returning from the funeral, the opposing car is seen driving away from the camera on the right side of the road instead of on the left side, which would have never happened in Michigan.See more »
Terry Wolfmeyer:[of her broken heart] It's not the kind of thing that ever heals.
Denny Davies:Yeah, it does. It heals. It just heals funny. You know, you more or less walk... with a limp.
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Crass Imitation of "Heart Warming Family Drama", 11 August 2006

"The Upside of Anger" is a crass imitation of "heart warming family drama." There are a couple of lines of dialogue that ring true, and a couple of scenes that work really well, but the true moments are awash in a movie so crass, exploitative, and phony it made me cringe.

Mike Binder, the filmmaker, earned a lot of brownie points for making a movie about a woman over forty, starring an actress over forty: Joan Allen.

But Binder is sure to surround Allen with a bevy of young beauties. Somehow this woman had four daughters who always look like they are posing for the cover of "Seventeen" magazine. Every one -- one a blonde, one a brunette, one a redhead -- is, in every scene, provocatively dressed, perfectly coiffed, and without a single zit. Tell me, in how many families with that many teenagers can you find not a single pimple or kid who's too skinny or too fat, or too shy or too loud, or who moves awkwardly? Feh.

Joan Allen bears about as much relation to a real woman over forty as Mickey bears to a real mouse. She drinks alcoholically, and yet never has puffy eyes or sallow skin. After relying on alcohol for months, she just, one day, quits, with no addictive kickback. I don't think so.

Oh, and the day her husband disappears, an incredibly attractive man -- Kevin Costner! -- throws himself at her. Oh, yeah, this happens to every newly single woman over forty with four kids. In Fantasyland! And, after her husband disappears, she never does a thing to attempt to contact him, but, somehow, his money continues to support her lifestyle, which is just a bit short of a Donald Trump style life. Where is all that cash coming from? Sure, this is a movie, and movies aren't supposed to be real. But this movie advertises itself as a film that takes on tough problems. There should be a word for this -- advertising your film as a film that addresses alcohol abuse, the loneliness of an abandoned, older mother, suddenly finding oneself single -- and then lies about every one of those important issues.

there are a couple of good scenes that just make everything around them look more like drek. An older, nebbishy character (Mike Binder, the filmmaker, also plays a small part in the movie), tells Joan Allen exactly why he chases younger women. His point is a valid one, and that scene deserves to be in a better movie.

Throughout the movie, Joan Allen plays a self absorbed ice shrew who deals with life and loved ones by pouring herself a stiff drink, sitting around in her negligee, and refusing to speak, while shooting death rays with her eyes. This is never believable, because we all know and love Joan Allen, and she's the star of the movie, so we keep waiting for her to show what a great gal she really is at heart.

Kevin Costner, though, reaches a point where he won't put up with this any more, and he emphatically tells her, "I'm tired of being your bitch." This is an electric scene, and it very much deserves to be in a much better, braver, grittier, funnier, tougher movie.

Finally, the last act offers a surprise ending that makes everything that came before it cheaper and utterly unbelievable.

Given the great cast here, and the good intentions, somewhere, in here, there is a good movie dying to get out. Sadly, it never quite does.

You almost want the cast to reassemble at some point in the future, and try again.

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