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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


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.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Owen Kline and Greta Kline are the real children of Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates. See more »


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 »


Sally Nash: We're fine! We're great! We're having a baby and we're moving to London!
Sophia Gold: Well you weren't fine when you went all Sylvia Plath on me last summer in Connecticut!
Sally Nash: Not nice! Not kind!
Sophia Gold: Ha! Not half so "not kind" as your husband was in his depiction of you in his novel!
Sally Nash: Why are you doing this?
Sophia Gold: Sally! His image of you is a possessive, fragile neurotic!
Sally Nash: But I *am* a possessive, fragile neurotic!
Sophia Gold: No you are not! You are Sally Nash! You are Sally Nash, and you're my best friend for twenty years. And you're not ...
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References Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) See more »


Barely A Sound
Written by Michael Penn
Performed by Kevin Kline
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no. not as good as The Big Chill...
26 July 2001 | by taylor9885See all my reviews

...but well worth seeing. The digital camerawork was very well done, suggesting there is a future for this technology. The film's style seems to depend on Robert Altman's Seventies' films ("Three Women," "A Wedding," "Nashville"), where plot elements are treated with more or less equal weight.

The pluses: Jennifer Jason Leigh comes into her own as an actress. The affectations that made me walk out of "Mrs. Parker" and "Georgia" are gone, she's just concerned with telling the story here. Kevin Kline, Jennifer Beals and Gwyneth Paltrow are all wonderful, especially Beals, whom I feared was condemned to made-for-TV hell. Alan Cumming seems to struggle with his role; I just didn't see him possessing the gravitas to be an esteemed novelist chosen to direct a film, but he is always interesting to watch.

The minuses: those awful friends and neighbours. Whining, back-biting, jealous, passive-agressive, tiresome people--the Adamses, Forsyths and Roses. Were they inserted into the movie because independent productions need a lot of "color" or just because they're friends of the filmmakers? I hope I never see Jane Adams play a more cartoonish, over-the-top character as Claire Forsyth. I could understand her husband trying to drown in the pool after living with her.

The self-referential nature of the story is irksome. Hollywood's problems concern only those who work there, not us. If that Julia Roberts vehicle, "Notting Hill," told us far more than we wanted to know about the perils of stardom, Cumming and Leigh have not learned the lesson, even though their film breathes some fresher and more passionate air.

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Release Date:

29 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$158,533, 10 June 2001

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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