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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Mike Binder

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Mike Binder
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Magdalena Manville ... Darlene
Suzanne Bertish ... Gina
David Firth David Firth ... David Senior
Rod Woodruff Rod Woodruff ... Dean Reiner (as Roderick P. Woodruff)
Stephen Greif ... Emily's Doctor
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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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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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Writer/director Mike Binder said that Kevin Costner's character is an amalgamation of Detroit Tigers baseball players Denny McLain (from whom the character gets his first name) and Kirk Gibson. See more »

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When Denny and Terry are sharing ice cream from the same container, Denny puts his spoon in the container twice without removing it between shots. See more »

Quotes

Hadley Wolfmeyer: [the dog is eating the chicken prepared for dinner] Buddy, Goddamn You! Out!
Emily Wolfmeyer: What's the big deal? He wasn't licking it more than three seconds.
Hadley Wolfmeyer: The three second thing is for floors, not dog's mouths. He spends all day licking other dogs' asses. Uhn. Let's just call for takeout.
Emily Wolfmeyer: It's fine. You guys, it's good chicken. It's fine.
Andy Wolfmeyer: Like you'd eat it.
[waiting for her to try a piece]
Emily Wolfmeyer: [Emily tastes a piece of chicken] It's fine.
Hadley Wolfmeyer: You know the Zilwaukees' Great Dane, "Mo'fo?" You're licking his asshole right ...
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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.9 (2014) See more »

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Canon
Written by Johann Pachelbel
Performed by Kevin Sargent
Courtesy of Upside of Anger Limited
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The Upside of Kevin Costner
25 April 2005 | by arichmondfwcSee all my reviews

Among the many pleasures that "The Upside of Anger" offers, Joan Allen and Kevin Costner's performances are very much at the center of it. We are used by now at Joan Allen's marvelous gallery of characters. Here, she reaches very high, creating a character that moves through highs and lows with overwhelming power. It is a performance so entertaining, apart from everything else, that you are really compelled to go wherever she wants to take you. Kevin Costner, however, is the biggest surprise. I'm even tempted to call it a revelation. He carries the soul of the character in his sleeve with disarming charm and humanity, not a single false note. I believed him, I loved him, I want to see him again. Mike Binder, the gifted writer director of this film, unfortunately, outstretches himself a little bit. He gives too much room to his character and instead of allowing it to grow with the famous less is more formula, he concedes himself a couple of extra long and repetitive scenes that slow down the proceedings in a rather dangerous way. If I had been the producer I would have fought like crazy to eliminate the supermarket scene. But I'm not going to dwell on it. The film is a triumph for the two leads. Thank you Joan Allen and well done Kevin Costner. I'll see you again at Oscar time.


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Release Date:

1 April 2005 (USA) See more »

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The Upside of Anger See more »

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Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$211,559, 13 March 2005

Gross USA:

$18,761,993

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,237,488
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