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The Anniversary Party (2001)

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Cast

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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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was shot entirely in a Hollywood Hills house designed by Richard Neutra which is owned by Sofia Coppola. 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 The Party (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

It's A Motherf#&!@r
Written by Mark Oliver Everett (as E)
Performed by Eels (as Eels)
Courtesy of Dreamworks Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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If you like Robert Altman films...
9 March 2007 | by timboytxSee all my reviews

If you like Robert Altman films, you should take a look at this film. It's much like an Altman film, with its use of naturalistic dialogue, subtle humor, and a wide spectrum of characters which feel like real people, in simple, believable situations. But it's tidier than an Altman film. It still could use a little trimming, I think, but in general it doesn't have as many rough edges as a film like "A Wedding".

Here's an excerpt from Roger Ebert's review, which could very well be a comment about an Altman movie: "The appeal of the film is largely voyeuristic. We learn nothing we don't already more or less know, but the material is covered with such authenticity and unforced natural conviction that it plays like a privileged glimpse into the sad lives of the rich and famous. We're like the neighbors who are invited. Leigh and Cumming co-wrote and co-directed, and are confident professionals who don't indulge their material or themselves. This isn't a confessional home movie, but a cool and intelligent look at a lifestyle where smart people are required to lead their lives according to dumb rules."


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