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The Anniversary Party (2001)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Cumming ... Joe Therrian
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Sally Therrian
Otis ... Himself (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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aniversário de Casamento See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$158,533, 10 June 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,013,506, 19 August 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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The film was written by Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming for their friends, and shot in 19 days using SONY DSR-500 digital video cameras. See more »

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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

[On the downside of starting a family]
Sophia Gold: You can't do yourself in! Kids just rob you of that option!
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Featured in + de cinéma: Episode dated 16 May 2001 (2001) See more »

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Love Is Real
Written by Mary Lynn Rajskub (as Mary-Lynn Rajskub) / Karen Kilgariff
Performed by Mary Lynn Rajskub (as Mary-Lynn Rajskub) / Karen Kilgariff
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The cinematic definition of self-indulgent
7 August 2010 | by scootmandutooSee all my reviews

I looked at this DVD for the first time in at least 5 or 6 years. I am a fan of the genre, but had forgotten about the film.

Looking back at it after all this time, I now understand what made this flick so forgettable.

Do not get me wrong, a couple of these type of ensemble movies are among my all-time favorites, including "The Big Chill" and "It's My Party." This movie, however, is nearly unwatchable in parts.

Sorry, but the casting of the entire Kline family to play....The Klines...was cringe-inducing. Similarly, the central characters are not believable from the get-go. The entire movie plays out as an actors exercise, with dollops of insider references sprinkled throughout to give everyone a sense of what Hollywood is allegedly all about.

I am not sure how many times the term 'self-indulgement' popped up in my mind while watching this, but it was my primary thought through the entire first half-hour. With a set-up this superficial, any of the developing drama was bound to fall flat. Who was there to empathize with?

The main reason I didn't rate this film worse is probably the performances of Posey, Hickey and Badie. Additionally, there were occasionally searing glimpses of narcissistic truth thrown in.

Honestly, though. I love a new age-type party, but watching the allegedly spontaneous performances at the celebratory portion of the evening, where the guests speak to the hosts was....how can I put this gracefully....making me glad I had not eaten before viewing it.

Considering my expectations for this sort of film, and the casting, it may be as disappointing a movie as I have seen.


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