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Writers (WGA):
Sarah Kelly (written by) &
Tim Talbott (written by)
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Sometimes the only way to get over your past is to re-live it.
On the eve of selling her mother's house, a thirty-something housewife wakes up to a hangover surrounded by her best friends from high school... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Connie Britton ... Valinda

Sarah Clarke ... Claire

Tate Donovan ... Will

Peter Facinelli ... Danny

David Herman ... Corey

Caitlin Keats ... Katrina

William Mapother ... Jack

Ione Skye ... Zoey

Eric Stoltz ... Mickey
Alex Irvine ... Passed Out Top Gun Guy
Steve Prough ... Home Inspector / Passed Out Spicoli
Adrienne Salick ... Passed Out Pat Benetar

Kevin Heffernan ... Pink Panty Dude (as Kevin Heffernen)

Larry Bishop ... Dom at the Door

Monica Keena ... Warm Leatherette Babe #1
Helen Wallace ... Warm Leatherette Babe #2

RZA ... Danny's Friend #1 (as The RZA)
Kinetic ... Danny's Friend #2

Orson Bean ... Jonathan 'God Damn' Iverson

Michael Yurchak ... Bobby Monohan

Lance Barber ... Paul Helling
Mary Kasper ... Mother
Steve Kasper ... Father
Chloe Looker ... Young Valinda
David Grasso Jr. ... Young Danny
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christopher Allen Nelson ... Billy Idol Guy (uncredited)

Directed by
Sarah Kelly 
Writing credits
Sarah Kelly (written by) &
Tim Talbott (written by)

Produced by
Patrick Aluise .... co-producer
Gary Bryman .... producer
David Grasso .... executive producer
Mike Jackson .... producer
Karen Meisels .... co-producer
Eric Stoltz .... associate producer
Rachel Winter .... producer (as Rachel Rothman)
Original Music by
Dominic Kelly 
Cinematography by
Eric Haase 
Film Editing by
Darren Ayres 
Casting by
Karen Meisels 
Production Design by
David R. Evans 
Art Direction by
Melanie Lewis 
Costume Design by
Karla Stevens 
Makeup Department
Leah Amorro .... assistant hair stylist
Leah Amorro .... assistant makeup artist
Ayla Dew .... assistant makeup artist
Fiona Distefano .... additional hair swing
Fiona Distefano .... additional makeup swing
Elizabeth Fox .... assistant hair stylist
Elizabeth Fox .... assistant makeup artist
Jennifer Greenberg .... key hair stylist
Kelley Mitchell .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Darren Ayres .... post-production supervisor
Danielle Probst .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David A. Hoffman .... second second assistant director
Charity Ozarowski .... first assistant director
Art Department
Grace Chu .... art production assistant
Steven V. Clark .... assistant art director
Scott Evans .... property master
Vanessa Merrill .... graphic artist
Trevor Murgio .... props
Christine Nichols .... set dresser
Beth Stewart .... art production assistant
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Manvel Barsegyan .... sound mixer
Jesse Cairnie .... second boom operator
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Robert Getty .... supervising sound editor
Jeff Knudsen .... boom operator
Diane Marshall .... foley artist
Eric Raber .... sound effects editor
Danny Smith .... additional boom operator
Alec St. John .... sound re-recording mixer
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Matt Ardine .... electrician
Eric C. Castro .... grip
Michael Chateauneuf .... grip
Jorge Devotto .... focus puller
Peter Duddington .... electrician
Bradley C. Ferm .... grip
Ryan Garcia .... film loader
David Allen Grove .... Steadicam operator
David Allen Grove .... camera operator: "b" camera
Sven Heinrich .... additional first assistant camera
Sabyn Mayfield .... key grip
Ryan McCoy .... gaffer
Sean McElwee .... electrician
Jon Myers .... Steadicam operator
David Newbert .... best boy grip
Steve Olsen .... best boy electric (as Steven Olsen)
Mathew Rudenberg .... second assistant camera
Jason Sachse .... electrician
Kevin Sarnoff .... camera operator: 'b' camera
Zoe Van Brunt .... first assistant camera: 'b' camera
Sergio Villegas .... electrician
Isabella Vosmikova .... still photographer
Jim West .... electrician
Matt Whitted .... grip
Marc Yannette .... first assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rachel Hailey .... costume supervisor
Sydney Gabrielle Wanetick .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Gareth Cook .... colorist
Music Department
Darren Ayres .... music editor
Sean Fernald .... music supervisor
Bruce Rabinowitz .... music clearances
Other crew
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Scott Edgecombe .... production assistant
Debra Egelhoff .... assistant production coordinator
Sean Fernald .... production coordinator
Susan Foley .... key set production assistant
Ari Halpern .... script supervisor
Laura Irvine .... location manager
Craig A. Kessler .... production counsel
C.J. LongHammer .... assistant: director
Jessica Roulston .... production delivery supervisor
Meredith Trosper .... assistant office production coordinator
David Dinenberg .... very special thanks
Ben Waller .... special thanks

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USA:95 min (TV version)

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When Valinda (Connie Britton) is down in her brother Danny's (Peter Facinelli) bunker there are flashes of graffiti on the walls. One of the scenes shows "Joe Lies When He Cries" which is a reference to Say Anything... (1989), which Ione Skye starred in. Eric Stoltz also made a cameo in Say Anything... (1989).See more »
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18 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A "Big Chill" for Generation X, 11 April 2007
Author: Annie Bulloch from Houston, Texas

This movie inevitably will be compared with The Big Chill, and that's okay. The Lather Effect is funny and poignant, and explores a lot of themes that are common to most people in their thirties regardless of when they grew up. I saw it when it played at South by Southwest, where it was well-received by the audience, who laughed and cheered in all the right places.

Valinda (Friday Night Light's Connie Britton) throws one last "rager" at her parents' house on the weekend before it is to be sold. The party's theme was "Come As You Were," so everyone was dressed in Eighties costumes, but along with their memories they also brought their unresolved issues from their teen years, as well as their adult fears about the future. On the morning after the party, the house is a huge mess that Valinda and her circle of friends have to clean up. In the process, long-buried secrets are revealed and old wounds are opened. The characters begin to come to terms with how their pasts affected the present, and contemplate the future.

The cast is excellent. Connie Britton carries the movie well, and Eric Stoltz steals many scenes as the slightly-older guy who used to crash every party when they were teens, in what feels like a reprisal of his cameo in Say Anything (minus the chicken suit). The soundtrack is great as well -- when can I buy the CD?

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