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The Upside of Anger (2005)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 1 April 2005 (USA)
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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

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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Storyline

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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Sometimes what tears us apart helps us put it back together See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual situations, brief comic violence and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Outra Face da Raiva See more »

Filming Locations:

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$211,559, 13 March 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,761,993, 26 June 2005
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Mike Binder approached singer-turned-actress Mandy Moore to play Lavender "Popeye" but she backed out because she wanted to do publicity for an upcoming album. See more »

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In the closing credits for use of a clip from "The Tonight Show," The show title is spelled as "Tonite." See more »

Quotes

Gorden Reiner: [Popeye kisses Gordon] I'm gay.
Lavender "Popeye" Wolfmeyer: What?
[laughs]
Lavender "Popeye" Wolfmeyer: No you're not.
[pause]
Lavender "Popeye" Wolfmeyer: Are you just saying that cause you don't wanna kiss me?
Gorden Reiner: I like men.
Lavender "Popeye" Wolfmeyer: I don't believe you. I think you're lying.
[pause]
Lavender "Popeye" Wolfmeyer: Have you ever had gay sex? What about sex with a woman? Just have sex with me and if you don't like it, then you can be gay.
[...]
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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.9 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon
Words and Music by Neil Diamond
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Performed by The Gavin Munn Band
Courtesy of Upside of Anger Limited
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Drama with some laughs and a twist
28 January 2005 | by ArizWldcatSee all my reviews

I saw this when it premiered at the Sundance film festival (although the director & actors didn't bother to come to our screening), and I enjoyed it. Kevin Costner plays a baseball player, but the movie is not about baseball; it deals with the anger the lead character feels when her husband disappears, along with his secretary. Joan Allen plays the wife of the missing man, and is the mother to four daughters, played very well by Evan Rachel Wood, Keri Russel, Erika Christensen, and Alicia Witt. Joan Allen was marvelous. We laughed many times when she glared in anger at different characters in the movie (and we were glad she wasn't mad at US! LOL...) I have not been a big fan of Kevin Costner in recent years, but thought that he did a great job as the man who helps Joan Allen's character pick up the pieces. The writer/director also has a role in the film as an older man who dates Joan Allen's daughter. I thought the message of the film was delivered well, and it was an entertaining story. There is a twist at the end that I truly did not see coming. I don't think it spoiled the movie, it was just unexpected.


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