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The Anniversary Party (2001)

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Love is complex and relationships deteriorate.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Cumming ... Joe Therrian
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Sally Therrian
Otis ... Self (as Otis the Dog)
Steven Freedman Steven Freedman ... Yoga Instructor
Norizzela Monterroso Norizzela Monterroso ... America
Clara Demedrano Clara Demedrano ... Rosa
John Benjamin Hickey ... Jerry Adams
Parker Posey ... Judy Adams
Phoebe Cates ... Sophia Gold
Kevin Kline ... Cal Gold
Owen Kline ... Jack Gold
Greta Kline Greta Kline ... Evie Gold
Denis O'Hare ... Ryan Rose
Mina Badie ... Monica Rose
Jane Adams ... Clair Forsyth
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Storyline

Celebrity couple Joe and Sally Therrian are going through yet another rough stage in their six-year marriage: while Joe's novels have been climbing higher and higher on the best-seller lists, Sally's film career has been steadily sinking into oblivion. Joe's been given the rights to cast and direct the screenplay of his latest book, but rather than resurrect Sally's career by casting her in the lead role, he's given it to Sally's rival, Skye Davidson. Even worse, he's invited Skye to their anniversary bash. Will the marriage, or anything else for that matter, survive the party? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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It's not a party until something gets broken.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language, drug use and nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This was one of the first theatrical films to be shot in all digital, but according to the commentary track, the one minute of shooting underwater was done with a regular camera, because the waterproof casing for the digital camera made the digital look even worse. And the physical cost of that one minute of film cost more money than all the digital footage shot for the 110 other minutes. See more »

Goofs

After Judy throws the diving sticks into the pool, several guests jump in, including a shirtless Joe. In the next shot, Joe is on the grass, wearing his shirt and dry. See more »

Quotes

Cal Gold: [pointing to his nostrils] These are not the windows to the soul,
[pointing to his eyes]
Cal Gold: these are.
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Connections

References Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

I Know A Place
Written by Tony Hatch
Performed by Petula Clark
Courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Jennifer Jason Leigh and the aging circle
6 July 2001 | by B.S.WiseSee all my reviews

I can understand how many will find THE ANNIVERSARY PARTY an indulgent, sneering little movie lacking in focus and ultimate catharsis; but I enjoyed it, quite a bit actually, if only to see some of Hollywood's finest talent freeing themselves from the studios for the intimacy of a digital shoot. I admired Party for being bold, clever, funny, cutting and occasionally brilliant. The ending felt a bit forced at first (the off screen family death as catalyst for conclusion was used to better effect in TWO GIRLS AND A GUY - another actor-driven digital indie), but ultimately it fit for Sally and Joe to end where they began, Narcissist and Echo.

Other comments have provided good synopses; I won't elaborate save for one obvious theme so far missed, that of chasing lost youth. It's quite depressing really, for at this party, Generation X officially goes over the hill. All my life I've been vaguely annoyed at self-obsessed Baby Boomer flicks like The Big Chill and The Ice Storm that seemed to congratulate an entire generation for being so damn dysfunctional. Well (*sigh*), now such movies will be made about my generation, here defined as neither willing nor ready to grow up. Gwyneth as "Skye @#*%ing Davidson" has the one thing all else at the party have lost, and the little pills she brings offers a last, desperate attempt to participate in her "youth culture" (ages 8-29 need only apply). Klein's presence (an obvious reference to the Big C) suggests that some Boomers are still chasing that lost youth. Meanwhile, Gen-X is just getting started.

"So much for Ecstasy."


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 2001 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$158,533, 10 June 2001

Gross USA:

$4,047,329

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,931,888
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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