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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:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$211,559, 13 March 2005

Gross USA:

$18,761,993

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,237,190
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kevin Costner gained 20 pounds for his role. See more »

Goofs

The Detroit People Mover (an above ground monorail system) runs on a west-east circular course (counter-clockwise / right to left) when viewing it with the front of the Renaissance Center in the background. A shot of the Renaissance Center from its front showed the People Mover moving left to right (east to west according to that shot), against its normal route. However, during construction downtown the People Mover sometimes is not run full circuit. Durring renovations it did not run a full circuit until the later half of 2004, but could have been during shooting. See more »

Quotes

Terry Wolfmeyer: [of her broken heart] It's not the kind of thing that ever heals.
Denny Davies: Yeah, it does. It heals. It just heals funny. You know, you more or less walk... with a limp.
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Connections

Features Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914) See more »

Soundtracks

Passenger Side
Written by Jeff Tweedy (as Jeffrey Scott Tweedy)
Performed by Wilco
Courtesy of Sire Records
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Paranoia Strikes Deep in the Heartland
7 May 2005 | by urnotdbSee all my reviews

Paranoia could be viewed as supreme egotism: why would everyone follow you? Why would they waste their time? Most things happen for reasons that have nothing to do with you. One thing I liked about this was it placed "normal" people in unusual, stressful situations and showed how they might react. Unfortunately, we often don't get a chance to work out our reactions in advance, as characters in a script. But it would be helpful not to strike back unless attacked. Maybe the point here was that anger can be useful, but ineffective if used indiscriminately. As dramatized in this family, there is a difference between "speaking your mind" and anger. Interesting plot twists, some implausible to some viewers. The ending summed up the message for me: why am I angry?


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